Sunday, August 4, 2013

Port Douglas 2013 - Mareeba and Kunandra

On Thursday morning Robin joined a group to go snorkelling in a river north of Mossman. 

Back in Port Douglas I went shopping and then went for a short walk taking some more photos. 

After lunch at a delicatessen we went for a walk to the lookout. 
After walking up some steep inclines we arrived to discover that the view is now partly obscured by a building project. Is this progress?
Friday was the opportunity to explore part of the Atherton Tablelands as we set out for Kuranda via Mareeba. 
We stopped off at the Mareeba Wetlands, a slow seven kilometer drive along a gravel road. We arrived in time to go on a boat trip on the lake to view some of the bird life. 
There were many swans on the lake and when the boat approached them they took to the air. 
Other water birds visiting the wetlands included this snake head darter, water hens, ibis and cormorants. Jabiru and pelicans can also sometimes be seen but not the day we visited. 
Part of the lake was covered with water lilies that had recently been in flower. Many of the leaves had droplets of water pooling on them. Some still had small white flowers.
In the information centre small birds could be viewed in the aviary.
The area round the lake was similar to much of the land we had driven through on the tablelands with termite mounds distributed among trees and scrub. 

In Mareeba we visited Coffee Works and tasted some of their chocolate before having a quick lunch. 
We had first encountered Coffee Works at their stall at the Sunday Market.

Continuing on to Kunandra, we arrived about 2.30. 
There are a number of markets in the town largely catering for visitors who have travelled aboard the Sky Rail or the train or tourist bus from Cairns. Many of the stalls were closing as we arrived but we were still able to explore a number of the shops and galleries.
This is very much a tourist town providing a chance for locals to sell their wares. One of the markets has a hippie atmosphere with small stalls groups together selling a variety of goods and services. 

We then returned to Port Douglas via the coastal road.

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