Eggbert was superseded by Bertie, the Billabong Caravan, and is the new bigger and better version! Geoff and Varena are still on their big trip - into their eighth year! Heading from Darwin to: Bungle Bungles, Tanami Desert, Alice Springs, Dalhousie Springs, Woomera, Lake Eyre, Nullarbor, Western Australia, Eyre Peninsular, Melbourne, Canberra, Blue Mountains, Bourke, Cameron Corner, Toowoomba, Tully, Birdsville - who knows what adventures they will have, or how long they will be on the road?
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
& I headed for the Atherton Tablelands again today. We were both
hoping to see the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo, which is known to be around
the Nerada Tea Plantation near Malanda.
were in luck, & Geoff got scones with jam & cream & a
cup of Nerada tea. After several 100 photos we headed for the next item on my
list. The Wooroonooran National Park is home to Queensland's highest
mountain, Bartle Frere, at 1622m. We also checked out Lamins Lookout & the
Bobbin Bobbin Falls; nice, though the leeches had us leaving in a
Close by were the
Crater Lakes of Eacham & Barrine. They were pleasant, & lunch at the
Gillies Roadhouse was surprisingly good.
weather held out for us. It was warm & sunny....also a pleasant
Tea & scones
The tea plantation
Mum & baby
This one was a real poser
Seeing the tree kangaroos was cool, and way easier than expected. I was expecting a trek, and a search, but it turned out that there is a small population of them about 30m from the Nerada Tea House.
Bobbin Bobbin Falls made up for the ease of finding the tree kangaroos. The sign at the start of the walk mentioned that it is "a short way" to the falls. But when the entire trail that the falls track is off is a two day trek, how far is meant by " a short way"? It turns out that the falls track is about a kilometre and a half along the windy, muddy, rainforest track. The last 50m or so is very steep, very muddy, and very slippery. We took about 35 minutes to get there. It turns out the falls are a nice place to see, though not as nice as many others. Well, we've done it now, so no need to do it again!