We decided to visit Mount Lewis as we have heard so much about this place for exceptional birdlife.
Another early morning as it’s quite a drive from here( Mount Carbine) to just outside Julatten. We weren’t sure if our big f truck would fit on the steep, narrow and windy dirt road but decided to give it a go.
Well it was just fine but we were glad we didn’t have to pass anyone coming the other way…..that would have been a bit squishy🙄🙄
It’s about 10 kms to a clearing where there is a 2 km rainforest walking track to a beautiful dam. It’s around another 18 kms to the top of Mount Lewis but there is a sign that says it’s 4 WD from the clearing and we really didn’t want to push our luck plus it was a very slow trip to there.
I think our expectations were a bit high for this place…… as we really didn’t see many birds. The ones we did see were very high in the canopy.
The Chowchillas were very nervous, I got some video but Anthony missed out for photos. Also the Tooth billed Bowerbird was so hard to spot even though we could hear him for ages. Another missed photo but I did manage to get the last bit of his spectacular very loud voice on video.
When we arrived at the dam, this beautiful ( enormous) Red bellied black snake was basking on the path in the sun.
We couldn’t believe our luck, what a beautiful big healthy snake, absolutely awesome to see.
We were very quiet and he wasn’t bothered by us one bit…..even slithered straight towards me when he decided to go hunting.
I had to quickly do the sideways shuffle to get out the way….wow could he move at speed.
I captured it all on video 🤩🤩 not my panicked shuffle of course but the awesome snake🙄😳
It was a great place to visit but not sure we would be racing back up there any time soon.
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On the way back we stopped at a little rest area near a babbling brook that looked promising for birdlife.
And that it was….a hotspot for the spectacled Monarch. This gorgeous little bird always has Anthony so frustrated as they never seem to come out from the shadows.
Well he found a place in the brook on top of some rocks where the trees opened up a bit and all sorts of birds came out to play…..some even coming down for a little drink.
Onwards to Mount Molloy…..
What a hidden gem this place is. The Bicentennial Park with a few picturesque lagoons, is a really nice spot.
We found quite a few dragonflies and Butterflies here.
Across the road were some amazing flowering grevillea trees with plenty of honeyeaters in them. It was already getting late so we will have to visit here again with more time to spare.
In the morning we will look around the park here at Mount Carbine, we know there’s plenty of birds here too but we also have to move on to Cooktown so this is probably another place we will come back to and explore further.
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😳😳
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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.
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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.