Its hard to believe, but our week here in Cooktown has already gone…. We have been super busy.
We thought we might be stuck here for a while but our switch for the front legs on the van arrived today. Gave us quite a surprise as it came from Melbourne.
Anthony wired it up quick smartly and we gave it a test run and all seems to be ok.
See how it goes tomorrow when we hitch up.🤓🤓
Cooktown has been a great place to hang out, there’s a lot to see from here.
Lots of nature, waterfalls etc. and the town itself is nice and has everything you need.
We never did get to the museum…..maybe next time.
Our only disappointment was we didn’t see too many birds.
When visiting the Isabella Falls we explored and had lunch sitting on the tailgate of the truck and honestly we did not hear one peep from a bird. Apparently October to December is the best time for birds when they all decide to come back from PNG.
Luckily we had Keatings Lagoon to fall back on and even though it wasn’t teeming with birdlife, there was enough there to keep us amused.
More Falls and Camp ground Pics
Press Play to view Steph’s Snippets
We did love visiting the Endevour Falls and Tourist Park, wow what a beautiful spot they have there. So many palm trees in manicured gardens with the waterfall in their back yard. Absolutely idyllic.
I think the photos and video speak for themselves, it’s a great place to visit,
Tomorrow we will drive all the way back to Mareeba.
Its about a 3 hours drive but we will definitely be stopping at the Palmer river roadhouse for coffee on the way.🤩🤩
Cheers Steph and Anthony.
PS… As you can see….Anthony had no problem finding Dragonflies, lots of them …and he does tend to go a bit bonkers photographing them from every angle so please enjoy them too, bye.😉😉
Hello again from Yungaburra, things have been going well despite the weather not being the best. It’s been really really windy and showery but when the sun pops out occasionally it’s just fantastic, especially when Anthony’s camera is focused on a dragonfly or Butterfly.
We did have one clear morning where Anthony raced down to the waterfront of Lake Tinaroo ( almost on our doorstep ) to get some beautiful photos of the lake, nice and calm and some morning mist. This really is a beautiful place to hang out as you can see.
We have had a few outings too, yesterday we drove past Mareeba to the Wetlands which to our dismay are now permanently closed.
We then backtracked to Granite Gorge Nature Park which is always nice rock hopping and looking for dragonflies. We saw an echidna here too but couldn’t get a good photo as he saw us too and tried to squish himself under a rock, so we gave him some space and let him be.
Yes we have Dragonflies
I’ve been deprived of seeing my favorite Insects for some time now.
These critters put a huge grin on my face 🙂
Elusive Archtail Dragonfly
Orange Threadtail Damselfly
Female Tropical Rockmaster Damselfly
(faded) Tropical Rockmaster Damselfly
Female Scarlet Percher
Crater Lakes Barrine and Eacham
We also visited the two amazing volcanic lakes just up the road from Yungaburra, You can walk around both but we had Devonshire teas ( award winning) at Lake Barrine. Then onto Lake Eacham, which we did walk around.
These are great places to see the Victoria’s rifle bird, we heard them a few times but no luck for photos. Another elusive bird we are chasing is the Pied Monarch, such a gorgeous little bird that we have spotted a few times but never get a photo. We passed another photographer at Lake Eacham who proudly showed us a great photo he just got of the Monarch…..just around the next bend……🤨🤨 but no such luck for us.
Giant Kauri Pines at Lake Barrine
and of course Birds
Press play to veiw a selection of video snippets
Today the weather is really awful so we will have a inside maintenance day, enjoy the pics and Video snippets.
Bye for now Steph and Anthony.
Odds and ends
I have fond and sometimes painful memories of doing just that up here
We have had another couple of great days in Ingham.
Yesterday we drove south to Jourama Falls only about a 20 minute drive, the last 5 kms is corrugated dirt but our truck doesn’t seem to mind the corrugated roads. It must be the length and also maybe the dual wheels at the back but I think a standard car would be shaken to bits.
It was very overcast, no rain but not very good for photos. The birds didn’t want to come out and play either. On a previous visit to the Falls and later in the year this place is teeming with dragonflies but we didn’t see one. We had a picnic lunch and still a beautiful place to visit and a great little hike up to the waterfall lookout.
We popped into Tyto in the afternoon but didn’t get any photos there either. I think, like us, the birds like to see the sun.
Press play to view a short clip of Jourama Falls
beautiful blue skies again. We visited Tyto this morning and wow, what a difference.
Birds were chirping everywhere, Anthony got some great photos. We missed out on a Jabiru flying off and at one time there was a wedge tail eagle getting harassed by about a dozen whistling kites. Great to watch but too far away for photos.
There is always something to see here.
Here’s a selection of pics featuring the gorgous Red-backed Fairywrens
Press Play to view Tyto Birds Video
Well this is our last day here, tomorrow we are heading north again and up the Palmerston Highway to the Tablelands.
We like the trip up there. We are booked into a van park in Yungaburra, one of our favourite places but it’s extremely busy and we are not sure yet if we can fit in. One of the pit falls when being so big.🙄🙄
The road up to the Falls is very similar to the Paluma range. Very narrow and lots of hairpin bends. But everyone was very well behaved slowing down when passing us. The road isn’t suitable for caravans or trailers but we saw plenty going up as there is a nice camping area nearby.
The Falls are really spectacular, we couldn’t have asked for a better day. We climbed down to the base of the falls, quite easy peasy, climbing up was of course a lot harder and the last bit was similar to being on a step machine, great for the calves😳😳
Press Play to watch a short clip of theFalls
The drive to Broadwater was fine, flat all the way through sugar cane plantations.
The last 20 kms is dirt but nice and smooth.
This would be a beautiful place to camp, the creek is crystal clear and flowing over small rocky rapids.
There’s only really a couple of small walks, the rainforest loop is very dark but we did spot quite a few birds there though very hard to get good photos and Anthony left his big flash at home so that was handy.
I did spot the little Pale Yellow Robin building a nest so we watched in awe for quite some time. The male came and fed the female a worm while she was busy nesting, how cool is that?? Such a gentleman.
We also spotted a Yellow breasted Boatbill on the other walk. Very hard to get good photos as he was always in the tops of the trees but what a gorgeous little bird.
Press play to watch a gorgous clip of a nesting Pale Yellow Robin
So we might just potter around the pod for the weekend now and get some jobs done, but I’m sure we will still have time in the mornings to check out Tyto Wetlands again. It really is one of our most favourite places and we are still trying to get more crimson finch and little Kingfisher photos.
Well the last blog seems like ages ago and we really haven’t done much. The weather did turn nasty so we have been making our way slowly north but of course travelling on the Bruce Highway is very busy and pretty much featureless if you ask me. Maybe the inland roads would be a better way for us to go🙄🙄
We are now just north of Townsville at Bluewater and even though it was raining yesterday morning we decided to drive back past the city and check out The Townsville Common.
The rain did stop and the sun did poke out enough to get some fantastic bird photos. It’s a great place where you could really walk your socks off……plenty of wetlands, saw an osprey nest and a sea eagle nest plus lots of different birds. Mostly they were in the tops of the trees so Anthony missed out on a lot of photos too. I’m sure the bird species list would be quite impressive for this area.
Had a great day, athough the drive is an hour one way from out here.
Maybe next time we could find a van park closer.
The van park here also has a little creek with paperbarks, pandanus trees etc, very picturesque and we have spotted a few birds and bugs around too. There always generally is something to get a photo off when in these little pockets of nature.
Tomorrow…..fingers crossed…..we will drive up the range to Paluma. A beautiful spot too but the weather doesn’t look promising but will give it a go.