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11: Down through the tablelands

Cooktown to Undara

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Magpie Geese at waterhole south of Cooktown

Magpie Geese at waterhole south of Cooktown

Dining on the edge of the bush

Dining on the edge of the bush

Railway carriage accommodation

Railway carriage accommodation

After a pretty basic breakfast at our motel we headed south from Cooktown on another beautiful day. A water hole on the way had dozens of Magpie Geese and we visited the Palmer River roadhouse again. We shopped at Mareeba again, which was a much easier town without the rodeo on. The road from Atherton to Ravenshoe was scenic, with patches of rainforest and Cassowary AND Tree Kangaroo warning signs and some lodges. The road to Herberton looked as though it would be interesting too. Must stay overnight here next time.
Our last stop as we headed down the Kennedy Highway was at the Millstream Falls, then we drove straight down to Undara, through increasingly flat and “outback” looking country with sparse small eucalypts and other vegetation.
Turning off on the Gulf Development Road, we turned off again on the road to Undara, warily ready for our “Undara Experience”. We hadn't booked, and at 4.30 pm found the accommodation options were already limited and most of tomorrow's tours already booked out. The best available option was an ensuite sleeper in an old railway carriage which at least was novel and the bush setting of the well spread-out resort was attractive. We were afraid the dinner area would be crowded, but at 6.00 it was quite pleasant. We sat on the edge of the bush as night fell. The Kangaroo steak and chocolate dessert were the best food I've eaten in a week.

Posted by Farhorizons 00:02 Archived in Australia Tagged hinchinbrookandcentre

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