On the first full day in Australia and before other family members arrived, my wife and I decided to do some exploring in the Atherton Tablelands west of Cairns. We drove the Kennedy Highway up into the tablelands and went to the first place I had chosen, the Clohesy River Road, a road that would take up back east into the bush. Several miles along the road, however, we came to a river that had to be crossed and since we had a rental car and not a four-wheel drive we were forced to turn back. These photos were taken along that road. Everything was new and so we stopped often for photos.
After returning to the highway we drove further south to the Davies Creek Road, another destination that had looked good on line. After passing a coffee plantation at the beginning of the road, we spent the rest of the day driving that road to the end, stopping often to explore and take photos, and to swim in the creek.
Great Dividing Range
Davies Creek Road
Eucalyptus and Palm
views west and north
Davies Creek Falls area
Grass-trees (Black Boys)
While in the upper areas of the park we found the park employees engaged in burning huge areas of the park under the watchful eye of the local fire service. Often the fires were burning right beside the road, but neither campers nor hikers seemed much bothered, though one trail we had intended hiking was closed. We stopped a number of times for photos and noticed that the fires soon burned themselves out.
On our way out we stopped once more at the upper camping area. We could see the smoke of the fires above us but did some exploring and swimming.
unidentified wildflowers and beetle
Elegant Snake-eyed Skink (?)