Queensland (continued part 3)

Towsnville is Australia's largest tropical city . Among its major highlights are
the great view over the city and Magnetic Island from Castle Hill, a visit to
the Great Barrier Reef Wonderland housing the largest living reef aquarium
in the world, a chance to see Koalas and other wildlife at the
Billabong Sanctuary or perhaps a game at the local casino.

Townsville city  Townsville house  Castle hill view  Reef view  GBR Wonderland

Koala    Koalas    Koala in action    Koala

Just about an hour north of Townsville, Jourama Falls National Park invites
you for a walk, swim or just some relaxation.
After this brief stop, we continued our way towards the Atherton Tablelands
with its lakes, waterfalls and rain forest.

Jourama Falls          Jourama Falls NP          Atherton Tablelands

Curtain Fig tree          Curtain Fig tree          Rainforest          Waterfalls

For once, we got a little back southwards on the coast to reach Cardwell, a
gateway to Hinchinbrook Island, the largest island national park.
Towering peaks, tropical rain forest and endless deserted beaches are
the main features of this island.

Cruise in Missionary bay   Endless beaches   Beach   Sea   Deserted spot

The final stage of the Queensland trip was lo lead us to Cairns, the capital of the
far north. There are just so many activities to do or different things to see here,
you could think about spending a whole vacation over here.
Cairns is  the main gateway to the Great Barrier Reef as well.
Enjoy a trip to Kuranda getting up by the old train passing the Barron gorge waterfalls.
Stroll over the market and see an award winning Aboriginal show at Tjapukai dance theater.
To get back to Cairns, take a ride on the sky rail which was yet to open during our visit.

Kuranda train     Waterfalls     Cairns harbour     On the way to the reef

Reef platform          Reef from above

We enjoyed a tour to Cape Tribulation passing Port Douglas, Mossman and Daintree Rain forest.
In fact, you could risk going the same way with a normal car instead of a 4 WD but this depends
on the road conditions.
So this was it, the first part of our trip covering some parts of Queensland had come
to an end. Our next stop was the Red Center, but that's a different story.

Rainforest     Far north beach     Cape Tribulation     Rainforest passage

Plant          Beware of the salties

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