Heading North for Winter DAY FOUR
Back on the road, the scenery had turned from dry scrub too green. P.s there was only three freight trains last night he he quite the experience.
A golden understory of Honey Gem Grevillea’s set against ripple like slender trunks and flanked by elegant dark barked Gums. Scattered dragon ferns and richly overhung creeks, temp jumps to 27 ahhhh getting closer.
With every creek crossing, I find my head lurching back for the chance glance of a croc lol. Mango’s, pineapples, flowering sugar cane line the Hwy. Like fields of feather dusters, the cane is accentuated by prominent green mountain peaks.
We arrived at our first main destination straining on the edge of our seats for a better view, was it going to live up to the vision we remembered from the TV some years ago?
Paronella park (http://www.paronellapark.com.au/) was wall to wall green moss, ferns and lush rainforest, but it was the beautiful waterfall that was the showstopper for me. Viewed from through the castle like moss covered structures it had a great presence. By day I felt the castles were lacking something, being concrete construction, as beautiful as they were there was always this feeling of fakeness. However, under lit by night the place became a whole other world, adding that touch of magic.
LR had the opportunity to see the historic hydroelectric system in action with an up and close tour of the pump house and reconditioned system. The brilliance of this system meant that Paronella park was the first to have electricity in the area and be fully self-sufficient, a great feat for 1933.
And Gamer B, well this was the best place ever. Even after frantically sorting the free Wifi out by himself the extensive labyrinth of pathways through the Rainforest and towering Bamboo was a playground from heaven….best 3D game ever lol.
Note: Parking is a serious challenge if you have a big caravan…unless you are absurdly capable like my H that is He He.
Some other little cuties you can find here
BELYANDO CROSSING ROADHOUSE to BUSHLAND BEACH (137km 2hrs)
70 Livistonia Cl, Bushland Beach QLD 4818
Barramundi feeding, wooden shipwreck
R onto Flinders Hwy
Checking for parking spot
PARONELLA PARK (285km 3.30hr)
1671 Japoonvale Road, Mena Creek QLD 4871
Day and night walks, waterfalls, Hydro tour, Botanical walk, café, fish feeding, free BBQ
L off Bruce Hwy onto Silkwood/Innisfail rd-Japoon rd, follow road to Mena creek
Across bridge on the right
NEXT: Historic railway travel and terror in the parking lot