Ambling along the MAMU skywalk I was surprised to see a Monstera growing wild. It had to be a Monstera – nothing else has a flower, or fruit, or leaves, quite like that – but it wasn’t the Monstera deliciosa I grew and wrote about a few years ago, so what was it?
The Atherton Tablelands are a small area of North Queensland which is so rich that every visit can be different. In July we stopped at Ravenshoe, Yungaburra, Malanda and Mt Hypipamee; in October we visited Henrietta Creek, Mungalli Creek, MAMU skywalk, Halloran’s Hill in Atherton, and Abattoir Swamp.
Granite Gorge Nature Park is a privately run camping ground and wilderness area, half an hour west of Mareeba. It takes its name from the small but dramatic gorge formed by Granite Creek: the domes of the lookout near the entrance give way to huge tumbled boulders downstream.
The distance from Mareeba to Cooktown via the best route is 264 km and Google Maps thinks the travel time is just under three hours. Having just done it – both ways, in fact – I’m not going to disagree but will suggest a few stops which may make it more interesting and enjoyable.
The good road is the Mulligan Highway through Mount Molloy and Lakeland, and it really is a good road: two-lane bitumen all the way.
The alternative is the coast road via Mossman, Cape Trib and Bloomfield; it’s more scenic but a big chunk of it is 4WD-only and another big section is narrow, winding (and therefore slow) bitumen. Continue reading “The road to Cooktown”
Photo: Endeavour River, Cooktown, at sunset
Once again there has been a gap in posting because of an extended camping trip – this time, as the title suggests, to the north. In the last two weeks we have been to Chillagoe, Port Douglas, Cooktown, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree, spending two or three days at each. In passing we visited Mossman Gorge, the Reef, Granite Gorge near Mareeba, and a few other places of interest.
Most of these will get their own posts in coming days or weeks. I will link to them from this page which will become a hub for the series, like this page for a similar trip to Cobbold Gorge and Undara last year.
Follow these links for posts about …
- Granite Gorge near Mareeba
- Atherton Tablelands locations – Henrietta Creek, Mungalli Creek, MAMU skywalk, Halloran’s Hill (Atherton) and Abattoir Swamp
- The road to Cooktown – Rifle Creek, Lakeland, the Palmer River Roadhouse and the historic Lion’s Den pub, via the Mulligan Highway
- Cooktown itself and four locations nearby – Black Mountain, Keating’s Lagoon, Endeavour Falls and Isabella Falls
- Daintree River cruises – river views and wildlife (birds and a croc)
- Cape Tribulation and the Daintree
These other posts are incidental to the trip: