Friday, 29 October 2010

Sunshine Coast Destinations

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Sunshine Coast Destinations Travel Info

The coast north of Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, is beautiful with blue-water beaches and smaller crowds and less development than on the neighbouring Gold Coast. In the southern parts of Sunshine Coast there are Bribie Island, Glasshouse Mountains National Park and the famous Australia Zoo. Further north are Ettamogah Pub, the Big Pineapple and Eumundi with its popular Saturday Markets. Furthest north is Noosa and Noosa National Park with coastal walks and views over emerald blue waters and wild koalas in the trees. And it's close enough to Brisbane to be done on a day trip.

Bribie Island Brisbane
Just north of Brisbane is Bribie Island. Northern Bribie Island is covered by a national park with nice camping spots, while in the southern end there is a bridge to the mainland close to the small settlements Bongaree, Bellara and Woorim. There are some good beaches and accommodation in this end of the island, such as Bribie Island Caravan Park and Koolamara Beach Motel.

Australia Zoo and Glasshouse Mountains National Park
North of Brisbane along the Sunshine Coast you first drive past the dramatic tops of Glasshouse Mountains on your left hand side, and then the Australia Zoo. It is one of the best zoo parks in Australia. It has the usual arrangement of Australian Animals such as kangaroos, koalas, wombats, echidnas, birds and reptiles, and some extras are Australian poisonous snakes, snake shows and crocodile feeding shows. It?s a huge park with shops and food outlets, you can easily spend the whole day here watching different shows and getting your photo taken with a koala.

The Wildlife Warrior of Australia Zoo
Australia Zoo used to be owned by the famous wildlife warrior Steve Irwin who was killed by a stingray in waters out of Port Douglas in September 2006. His wife Terri and kids Bindi and Bob continue running the park today. There is a Steve Irwin memorial in the park.

Sunshine Coast Destinations - Mooloolaba
East of Australia Zoo, on the coast is Caloundra - a residential town with a nice beach, and north of it is Mooloolaba with Sunshine Coast?s only (or first?) theme park ? Underwater World.

Sunshine Coast Destinations - Ettamogah Pub
Inland from here is the famous Ettamogah Pub, and Aussie World with lots of touristy stuff, camel and pony rides, and a snake collection. The pub itself is a fun place to have a beer. Places to stay in the area are Hibiscus Holiday Park, Dicky Beach Holiday Park and Caloundra Suncourt Motel.

Sunshine Coast Destinations - the Big Pineapple
North from Ettamogah Pub is Nambour where there is the Big Pineapple - one of the Australia's Big Things. Australians have always liked to build big things, so when you are travelling around Australian countryside, be prepared to come across big bananas, big mangoes, big lobsters, big bulls, big potatoes, even big wine casks and big joints, and Australians love to stop and take photos with them.

Sunshine Coast Destinations - Yandina Ginger Factory
North of Nambour is Yandina, where there is a Ginger Factory where you can take a plantation or factory tour, and buy ginger products and souvenirs. Inland from Yandina is Mapleton Falls National Park, and south of it is Kondalilla National Park - both nice for a bit of a stroll in the bush and some wildlife-watch.

Sunshine Coast Destinations - Eumundi Markets
North of here is Eumundi with its famous Saturday Markets, but there is also the Eumundi Historical Museum, and the Imperial Hotel, where you can taste the original Eumundi Lager, now produced on the Gold Coast. You can stay at Eumundi Caravan Park, Eumundi Rise B & B, Eumundi?s Hidden Valley B&B, or if you had too many Eumundi Lagers, in the Imperial Hotel.

Noosa and Surfing in Australia
North of Eumundi (on the coast) is Noosa - a colourful resort town with speciality shops and good cafes and restaurants. Noosa is a favourite weekend getaway for many Brisbane-people but international tourists and backpackers also visit, Noosa has got great white-sand beaches with waves for some of the best surfing in Australia.

Sunshine Coast Destinations - Noosa Australia
There is a population of wild koalas in trees in Noosa so look up in Eucalypt trees. Even though koalas are found all along the eastern and south-eastern coasts of Australia, there are not many places where they are so easily seen. Other spots to see wild koalas are Magnetic Island in north Queensland and Kangaroo Island in South Australia.

Noosa Heads Sunshine Coast Queensland
East of Noosa, there is one of the best places on Sunshine Coast - Noosa National Park with bushwalks to lookouts and beaches with magnificent bright-blue waters. South of Noosa National Park is the Sunshine Beach, great for surfing, but other good places to surf are Noosa Head, Dolphin Point and Tea Tree bay. You can learn to surf with Noosa Adventures and Kite-Surfing, Merrick?s Learn to Surf, Noosa Surf Lessons and Wavesense. Noosa Ocean Kayak Tours offers sea kayaking and Camel Safaris Noosa takes you to camel rides. Longer tours out of Noosa can be done with Noosa Everglades Cruises and Peterpan Adventure Travel. You can stay in Noosa at Noosa Backpackers, YHA Halse Lodge, Koala Beach Resort, Sandy Court or Noosa River Caravan Park.


Thursday, 28 October 2010

Tasman peninsula travel information

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Tasman Peninsula Travel Information

Tasman Peninsula Travel
By Joe Shemesh. ? Tourism Tasmania. All Rights Reserved

Tasman Peninsula is mostly known for the historical Port Arthur, so most people head right there and never get to see one of Australia?s best coastlines in Tasman National Park. The harsh climate and rough seas of southern Tasmania have created some amazing rock formations along this coast. Here is some information about the Tasman Peninsula region, and in the end of the page is one of Tasman Peninsula maps.

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Geology of the Tasman Peninsula Region
The geology of Tasmania is different from this of the mainland Australia, because Tasmania's classic rock dolerite is found almost nowhere else in Australia. Dolerite is a very strong rock, and because other rocks have eroded around it, dolerite makes some most spectacular pillars in Australia. Here, on the coast of southern Tasmania, are some of the best examples rising out of the sea.

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Animals in the Tasman Peninsula Region
There is also a lot of wildlife to see on the Tasman Peninsula. From the high cliffs it?s easy to spot some marine animals like whales and dolphins swimming in the water, and seals and penguins resting on the coastal rocks. There are also many sea birds like terns and gannets, and some birds of prey like sea eagles and wedge tailed eagles. Land animals include possums, Bennet?s Wallabies, Tasmanian Devils and Tasmanian pademelons which are most active during dusk and dawn when it?s cooler. The park is also known for some rare plant species like euphrasias, oyster bay pines and some rare Eucalypts like Eucalyptus johnstonii.

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Tasman Peninsula Travel: Waterfall Bay
Tasman Coastal Trail is a great long bushwalk but if it?s too long you can choose to only make some parts of it. It starts south of Eaglehawk Neck and Pirates Bay, just south of Doo Town. It?s an easy walk in the start as it follows the coast to the beautiful Waterfall Bay. There is a climb to the Waterfall Bluff, where you have some great views and a camping ground.

Waterfall Bluff
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Tasman Peninsula Travel: Fortescue Bay
South from Waterfall Bluff the walk gets harder. There is a steep climb past Lichen Hill and Tatnells Hill, and then the walk descends again and follows the coast towards Dolomieu Point where there is a camping ground. After the Dolomieu Point it follows the coastline of Fortescue Bay, in the end of which there is another camping ground. There is also a car road to the Fortescue Bay camping ground, which is consequently quite a big camping ground with over 40 sites that can also be used by caravans, and there are showers, toilets, rubbish collection, fire places and barbeques and even a boat launching ramp.

Fortescue Bay
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Tasman Peninsula Travel: Cape Hauy
After the Fortescue Bay campground you have two choices: either you can walk inland along the Cape Pillar Track, or you can walk the longer, but more beautiful coastal track, which also ends up going to the Cape Pillar (the two tracks are joined later, before the Cape Pillar). The coastal track goes first to Cape Hauy, one of the most spectacular dolerite cliff formations on the peninsula. From there it goes uphill towards Mount Fortescue, and after that it descends again towards Wughalee Falls where there is a camp ground. Shortly after that camp ground the coastal track joins the inland track towards Cape Pillar.


Tasman Peninsula Travel: Cape Pillar and Tasman Island
Shortly after the tracks join, there is another camping ground at Bare Knoll, and then the track goes south along the peninsula past Munro Bright, Corruption Gully and Purgatory Hill to Hurricane Heath camping ground. From there, it goes further south past Perdition Ponds and Clytie Bight to the beautiful Cape Pillar ? one of the most scenic places in Australia. The dolerite cliff formations here are outstanding, and you have some great views of the Tasman Island.

Tasman Peninsula Travel: Day Walks and Other Activities
Apart from the long walk, you can do day trips to the Tasman National Park. Places you can access by a vehicle are Blowhole, Tasman Arch, Waterfall Bay and Remarkable Cave. Boating is popular in places like Pirates Bay and Fortescue Bay. Sea Kayaking is popular in Canoe Bay, hang gliding in Pirates Bay, and rock climbing on the Totem Pole and Candlestick ? great dolerite rock walls at Cape Hauy.

Port Douglas Queensland

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Port Douglas Queensland

Port Douglas is a beautiful little town north of Cairns in far north Queensland. It may be a little touristy but it's a very pretty town with colourful shops and cafes, lovely beaches and views over emerald blue waters. It is probably the best place in Australia to visit Great Barrier Reef, because the coral reef is very close to the coast here. On this page is some information about the town, and in the end of the page is a Port Douglas map.

Four Mile Beach Port Douglas
Along the Port Douglas road that enters the town from south is the pretty Four Mile Beach with its white sands and bright blue waters. It's a very nice beach and many people like to stay here - there are places like Tropic Breeze Van Village, Port o? Call Lodge, Pandanus Caravan Park, Dougie?s Backpackers, Lychee Tree, Pelican Inn and Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas.

Port Douglas Restaurants and Shops
As you enter the town, you come right to Macrossan Street ? the main street of Port Douglas, with its colourful shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. In the southern end of Macrossan Street is the Esplanade ? a small beachfront with a swimming enclosure (stinger net) in the very northern end of Four Mile Beach. North of it is Flagstaff Hill ? a good lookout point if you are up to a bit of a walk.

Port Douglas Market and Old Buildings
In the northern end of Macrossan Street is the town?s church St Mary?s by the Sea, the Old Courthouse Museum, and the Sunday Markets hold every Sunday in the ANZAC Park. The church was built in 1911, and the Old Courthouse Museum was the only public building to survive a cyclone the same year, and today it is the oldest building in the town.

Rainforest Habitat - Port Douglas Queensland
South of the town is Rainforest Habitat ? a fantastic place to learn about rainforest plants and some 180 species of Australian animals such as koalas, kangaroos and cockatoos, and some tropical animals like Australian crocodiles, cassowaries and tree kangaroos. The park is organised in three sections: wetlands, rainforest and grasslands, and there are free guided tours that take you through these different habitats. If you like to get close to Australian parrots and cockatoos, try the Breakfast with the Birds.

Reef Cruise - Port Douglas Queensland
For many travellers, the main reason to stay in Port Douglas is to visit the coral reef. The trips to the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas may be a bit expensive, but they are about the best in Australia. Many companies such as Aristocat, Calypso, Haba, Poseidon, Quicksmart and Tallarook will take you to both snorkelling and diving where you can get really close to the colourful fish and other amazing animals. If you don?t want to snorkel or dive, you can take a trip with a glass bottom boat.

Low Isles - Port Douglas Queensland
One of the most popular trips from Port Douglas is the Low Isles ? a lovely coral cay with a sandy beach and a lighthouse. The tour operators that can take you there are Sailaway, Zachariah and Ragamuffin Sail & Snorkel.

Diving - Port Douglas Queensland
It is also quite popular to get your diving licence in Port Douglas. Discover Dive School and Quicksilver Dive School have courses that include two days theory and pool diving in Palm Cove north of Cairns, and two days open water diving off the coast of Port Douglas.

Port Douglas Rainforest Tours
Other tours include Bike?nHike which will take you to mountain biking trips to rainforests in Cape Tribulation and Hidden Valley; Reef & Rainforest Connections that offers a variety of tours to places like Cooktown and Mossman Gorge; and Kuku-Yalanji Dreamtime Walks ? some interesting tours by Aboriginal guides who take you to their country in Mossman Gorge.

Wining and Dining - Port Douglas Queensland
Port Douglas is a great place to eat out and go drinking. There are so many restaurants, bars and cafes that you will definitely find what you like. Most of them are along Macrossan Street: Mango Jam Caf?, Portofinos, Sassi Cucina, and the famous Iron Bar and Restaurant (where on some nights they have cane toad races!). Others include High Tide on the Esplanade, Salsa Bar & Grill on Wharf Street, Sardi?s on Davidson Street and On the Inlet on Inlet Street. A nice pub to recommend is Court House Hotel, and in the southern end of Wharf Street is the Port Douglas Yacht Club.

Accommodations in Port Douglas Queensland
Places to stay include Port o?Call Lodge on Port Street, Parrotfish Lodge on Warner Street, and Dougie?s Backpackers and Tropic Breeze Van Village on Davidson Street. It is easy to get to Port Douglas from Cairns. Even if you haven?t got your own transport, there are buses run by Coral Reef Coaches, and boats from Cairns to Port Douglas by Quicksilver.

Here's a Port Douglas map, where I have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.


Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Travel North Queensland

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Travel North Queensland
The coast between Townsville and Cairns is one
of the best coastal roads in Australia.

It is tropical and lush, and full of lovely beaches, rainforests, wetlands and some of the best national parks in Australia: Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island, Paluma Range with Big Crystal Creek, Little Crystal Creek and Jourama Falls; and Wooroonooran National Park with Josephine Falls and Babinda Boulders. The coast was heavily damaged by tropical cyclone Larry in 2006, but things are back to normal now. Here is some information about the area's attractions, and in the end of the page is a North Queensland map.

Travel North Queensland: Townsville Travel Information
First there is Townsville ? the town called Brownsville by people of Cairns, who like to point out that their city is green and lush while Townsville is dry and brown, in a rivarly similar to the one between Sydney and Melbourne. And it is true ? Townsville sits in a pocket of dry tropics, protected from rains by the mountain range behind it. But this is why Townsville?s skies are always sunny while in Cairns the rains can last for months. Townsville is the second largest city in Queensland, more than twice as large as Cairns (I?ve heard no Cairns people being aware of that fact!), and there is a lot to do for travellers. In the city centre there are excellent museums and Queensland?s most famous aquarium in the Reef Headquarters. Townsville has got some good dining and a lively night-life, and Queensland?s cleanest beach ? The Strand. Only 20min off shore is Magnetic Island, and Sunferries and Reef EcoTours take you to the Great Barrier Reef. Places to stay in Townsville are Globetrotters Backpacker Hostel, Adventurers Resort, Reef Lodge and Downtown Motel. For campers, there are Coral Coast Tourist Park and Walkabout Palms.


Travel North Queensland: Big Crystal Creek
North of Townsville are Townsville northern beaches Bushland Beach, Bluewater Beach, Saunders Beach, Toolakea, Toomulla, Balgal Beach and Rollingstone, each worth turning in for a nice swim. North of Rollingstone is the southernmost tropical rainforest in Paluma Range National Park, also well worth turning in for a swim on a hot summer?s day ? the air temperature is much lower up here than down on the coast. The southern access road takes you to Little Crystal Creek and Paluma village. It?s a narrow and twisting road up the mountains with good views and once you come to a stone bridge (after 7km) you are in the Little Crystal Creek with deep rock pools full of refreshingly cool water, and a picnic area. Another 11km up is the Paluma Village. Northern access road goes to Big Crystal Creek where there are barbeques and a camping ground. Turnoff to the northern, Jourama Falls section of Paluma Range National Park, is further north, 91km north of Townsville, where there is the Waterview Creek, good views of Jourama Falls, a picnic area and a camping ground.


Travel North Queensland: Ingham Queensland
North of Paluma Range is Ingham in the middle of sugar cane fields. On the main street there is the original ?Pub with No Beer? that ended up in a popular song, and just south of town there are Tyto Wetlands that attract a lot of waterbirds, including the impressive brolgas and jabirus; and watch out for crocodiles.


Travel North Queensland: Australian Italian Festival
Many Italian immigrants live in the area and in May every year there is the Australian Italian Festival in Ingham, with entertainment on the main street and plenty of Italian foods to sample. Seven kilometres out of Ingham is Victoria Mill, the largest sugar mill in the Southern Hemisphere. In Ingham, you can stay at the Royal Hotel, or Herbert Valley Motel.


Travel North Queensland: Mount Fox
Inland from Ingham is one of the largest national parks in north Queensland - Lumholtz National Park, also known as Girringun National Park, with plenty of bushwalks in its different sections. Wallaman Falls is the most accessible section where there is Australian longest single-drop waterfall. Mount Fox section is less accessible and there are no facilities but Mount Fox is an interesting ancient volcano and if you are fit, you can walk up to its crater, it?s not a long walk but it?s quite steep. There are some long bushwalks from Wallaman Falls to Blencoe Falls, Society Flat and Murray Valley Lookout. There is plenty of interesting wildlife to see, including cassowaries, bettongs, gliders, freshwater turtles, platypuses and eastern water dragons.


Travel North Queensland: Orpheus Island Queensland
Off the north Queensland coast near Ingham is the Palm Island Group which includes Great Palm Island (Aboriginal community), Orpheus, Pelorus, Fantome, Curacoa, Esk, Brisk and Havannah Islands. Orpheus Island is the largest after the Great Palm Island, and well worth a visit. It is a continental island but around it is some of the best fringing coral reef of any of the islands of the Great Barrier Reef. It is mostly national park and heavily forested so there is lots of bird-life to watch and sea turtles nest here too. There are some lovely beaches in Mangrove Bay and Yank?s Bay, and good snorkelling and diving. At Pioneer Bay there is James Cook University?s marine biology research centre which is a private property. Orpheus Island Resort is fairly expensive but the good news is you are allowed to camp in the bush, just book with EPA.

Travel North Queensland: Forrest Beach
On the north Queensland coast around Ingham, there are Forrest Beach, small towns Halifax and Cordella, and the small fishing town Lucinda, the southern access point to Hinchinbrook Island. As you drive across the Cardwell Ranges on the Bruce Highway, there is a lookout point with magnificent views of the Hinchinbrook Channel and of the Hinchinbrook island behind, a good spot to stop and take a few photos.

Travel North Queensland: Thorsborne Trail
Hinchinbrook Island is world's largest island national and one of the greatest places to visit in north Queensland. It has a resort in the northern end which is reached from Cardwell, but bushwalkers like to hike the 32km-long Thorsborne Trail, it is a beautiful three-day walk along sandy beaches and through thick forests, with good views from the hilltops and plenty of wildlife. You can camp at Blacksand Beach, Banksia Beach, Zoe Falls, Sweetwater Creek, Mulligan Creek and George Point but you have to book with EPA in a good time as the campsites get quickly booked out (Hinchinbrook is known to get booked out as long as a year in advance during the cooler winter months!). Hinchinbrook Wilderness Safaris take you to the Blacksand Beach, then pick you up in the southern end of the trail three days later, and take you back to Cardwell.


Travel North Queensland: Cardwell
Cardwell is a tiny north Queensland town with only a few backstreets behind its main street - the Bruce Highway. There are some good views of Hinchinbrook Island from Cardwell Beach, and the jetty is a good place to fish. Crocodiles are known to inhabit the Cardwell beach, so don?t go swimming. You can stay at Kookaburra Holiday Park, Hinchinbrook Hostel, Cardwell Sunrise Village and Hinchinbrook Hop.


Travel North Queensland: Edmund Kennedy National Park
Inland from Cardwell is the Cardwell Forest Drive, a 26km round scenic drive with good swimming holes and lookouts ? turn inland next to the BP petrol station and the drive is signposted. North of Cardwell is the Edmund Kennedy National Park with a boardwalk through the mangroves, but don?t get off the boardwalk ? crocodiles inhabit the muddy waters. Further north are the Murray Falls with rainforest swimming holes, a walking track and a camping ground but as always in such places in north Queensland, be careful in those rainforest rock pools, the rocks are slippery and people have drowned in these pools.


Travel North Queensland: Tully River
Further north you come to Tully ? a town that is known to be the wettest place in Australia, with an annual rainfall over 4000mm. It is a lovely north Queensland town (when it?s not raining) with green rainforested mountains in the backdrop, and as a symbol for all the rain, there is one of Australia?s Big Things ? the Big Gumboot. There is also a sugar mill and a rainforest waterhole called Alligator?s Nest, but Tully is most famous for great white-water rafting - definitely best in north Queensland. Many rafting companies will take you to Tully from as far as Cairns and Townsville. There are many fruit farms in the area and many backpackers stay in Tully (and other towns like Innisfail and Bowen) while earning some extra money from fruit-picking. If you want to work, stay at Banana Barracks, others there are The Savoy, Tully Motel, Green Way Caravan Park and Tully Heads Caravan Park on Tully Heads Road.

Travel North Queensland: Tully Gorge
Behind Tully is Misty Mountains ? a huge bushwalking area which is reached both from Tully in east and Ravenshoe, Millaa Millaa and Palmerston Highway in north on Atherton Tablelands in the inland north Queensland. There are 130km of long bushwalking tracks in Misty Mountains, going through some superb rainforest with more than 1000 species of rainforest trees and many endemic bird and mammal species. Rare mammals include coppery brushtail possums, lemuroid possums, striped possums and Herbert River ringtail possums. From Tully, a road takes you along the Tully River up to mountains to the Cochable Creek campsite which is the starting point of the 14.5km Cannabullen Creek Track which follows the creek with several crossings and a beautiful waterfall. The longer, 35.5km Koolmoon Creek Track follows the local Aboriginal People?s traditional pathway with creek crossings, waterholes and views of Tully gorge. You can camp in the bush but you have to book with EPA.

Travel North Queensland: Mission Beach North Queensland
North from Tully is Mission Beach ? Queensland?s answer to New South Wales? Byron Bay and one of the most popular places to visit in north Queensland. Mission Beach actually consists of many beaches. Mission Beach itself is the central one. South of it are Wongaling Beach and South Mission Beach, and north are Narragon Beach, Bingil Bay, Brookes Beach and Garners Beach. Mission Beach area is a nice place to just relax and take it easy, go swimming (outside the stinger season only) and enjoy some shopping, nice restaurants and bars, but popular activities are bushwalking in the dense rainforests (Mission Beach is the best place in Australia to see cassowaries); and visiting the Great Barrier Reef and Dunk Island Queensland (check out Sunbird Adventures, The Quick Cat and Dunk Island Ferry & Cruises). Skydiving is offered by Jump the Beach, and white-water rafting at Tully River by R?n'R. You can camp at Dunk Island View Caravan Park, Tropical Hibiscus Caravan Park and Hideaway Holiday Village. Other places to stay are Treehouse (a good one!), Sanctuary Retreat and Beachcomber Coconut Village. Mission Beach was devastated in the Cyclone Larry in March 2006, but things are back to normal now.

Travel North Queensland: Dunk Island Queensland
Dunk Island belongs to the Family Islands group (others are Thorpe, Richards, Wheeler, Coombe, Smith, Bowden and Hudson islands) in north Queensland. There is a resort area in the eastern end of the island, but the rest of it is national park with some great bushwalks in dense rainforest, up to the central mountain where there are great views, then down to mangrove mudflats and small sandy beaches. There is some good bird-life to see; the famous bright-blue Ulysses butterflies; and an Artists? Colony where you can buy jewellery and pottery, but it is only open Mondays and Thursdays between 10am and 1pm. Dunk Island Resort is fairly expensive, but you can camp on the national parks camping ground, just book with EPA. Dunk Island is a very short boat ride from Mission Beach (only 4.5km) and the Quick Cat takes you there from Clump Point jetty.

Travel North Queensland: Josephine Falls
North of Mission Beach is Innisfail, the nort Queensland town that was badly damaged in the Cyclone Larry in March 2006, and the large Wooroonooran National Park with tropical rainforests and Queensland?s highest mountain peak Mount Bartle Frere (1622m), the summit of which can be walked along the Bartle Frere Track which starts at Josephine Falls, on the left hand side of Bruce Highway in north Queensland between Mirriwinni in north and Innisfail in south. The track crosses the national park and comes out to the other side to Atherton Tablelands. There are four camping grounds along the track but you have to book all camping with EPA. There is also a southern, Palmerston section of Wooroonooran National Park with a camping ground at Henrietta Creek and bushwalking tracks to different waterfalls, reached from Palmerston Highway in inland north Queensland.

Travel North Queensland: Babinda Boulders
There is a third, northern section in the Wooroonooran National Park with the Goldfield Trail which starts from the beautiful Babinda Boulders behind the small north Queensland town of Babinda which also was badly destroyed in the Cyclone Larry in March 2006. The rainforests in the Wooroonooran National Park were totally destroyed, with all greenery gone and only bare tree trunks standing up - you can still see the broken canopy but the greenery has returned and the national park is open to public as normal again.

Travel North Queensland: Deeral, Aloomba and Gordonvale
East of the Wooroonooran National Park across the Bruce Hwy are some small interesting north queensland national parks such as Ella Bay and Eubenangee Swamp National Park, where you can see crocodiles in the wild. North of Babinda the Bruce Hwy continues passing banana fields, sugar cane farms and small townships like Deeral and Gordonvale until you come to Cairns, and can continue your trip north along the coast of Far North Queensland.


Tuesday, 26 October 2010

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Monday, 25 October 2010

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2. Light of fire.

3. ' Gets ' the kindling, point increasingly branches/logs. Position as far as possible on the fire, without "smothering" or restricting the flow of oxygen.

After half an hour or so of the intense burning, you can not only enjoy a great campfire, but a good supply of charcoal for cooking your campfire.

A camping stove is a heavy metal pot with a lid is used for cooking over an open fire Consists of heavy guage nimatopoiithei cast iron or carbon steel, and therefore, it is too heavy. Although the call camping ovens in Australia, it is more commonly known as Dutch Ovens elsewhere in the world.

TIP: if you buy a dessicator camping, should have the furnace lid in raised lip.This prevents ash falling into the pot.(Cooking in a dessicator camping often involves placing a shovelful of coals on the lid that another heat all round).

Also a metal pot used for cooking over an open fire.Looks like a dessicator camping, but it is much lighter as are constructed of steel nimatopoiimeni.

We choose to use a Bedourie because:

A trivet is a mesh which can be placed at the bottom of the oven camping/Bedourie to stop food derived from burning and obstinate.Gives you better convection air flow Allows for efficient cooking. fat to run, giving you healthier food. Dig a hole approximately half as deep as the bedourie and wider than about 10 cm.
Place a generous bed of coals in the hole and allows you to record for 5-10 minutes to heat the surrounding ground.
At this point, remove some coals, if there is no excessive heat, or replenish with fresh them, if needed.(Experience will guide you here).
Bedourie hole Placement.
Spread a small amount of coals in hole around the Bedourie and a small shovelful on the lid.

To control food, Use handle to remove Bedourie. Use welding gloves, or similar attempts are coals from the cover and remove the cover.
Reintroduce Bedourie using the method above, update coals as necessary.

Due to heavy database, can be much more flexible method of cooking in a dessicator camping.
Your choices are:

A. suspend oven over coals using a campfire cooking tripod; Or

B. place camping oven directly onto the coals (you don't have to beat); Or

C. use the Bedourie method described above.