Mossman Gorge and the Atherton Tablelands
It was a bit rainy during our stay in Port Douglas so I figured we'd have an easy day and go have a picnic in Mossman Gorge where the weather was better. We took the bus from the visitors' centre into the park and started walking along the trail. When we got to a lookout over the Mossman River we were rewarded with the beautiful view. The river was stacked with numerous large boulders and the water bounced around against them.
|Phil's parents enjoying the Gorge|
From there we decided to do the 2 km walk around the surrounding rain forest, and set off on the trail. It was a beautiful walk; giant trees tangled together, huge boulders, lots of moss, ferns, and mosquitos. We walked, and walked, and walked. It was the longest 2 km I had ever walked - I'm pretty sure the distance was wrong. it was a really pretty walk though and Phil's parents really enjoyed it. So much for a relaxing day though!
|pretty freest - three of them - all wrapped up together|
On our way out of Port Douglas we stopped at Four Mile Beach to enjoy the view. It didn't disappoint.
|Four Mile Beach|
|Four Mile Beach|
Then we drove inland through the Atherton Tablelands. It was a rainy morning, so a good day to be inside the car. We stopped for lunch at Tarzali Lakes and went for a very wet walk to see if we could spot some platypus in the wild. We've tried a few times now to see them, but have always been told they are really shy and avoid humans. According to this guy the key to seeing them was to talk constantly and their curiosity would bring them out into the open. I was a bit skeptical, but 10 minutes later one popped its head up to check us out. He didn't get particularly close, but I think it was good enough to check that one off the list.
After that, we drove on to see the Waterfall Circuit. First up was Millaa Milla falls. It was stunning, and definitely worth mucking through the rain to see.
|Millaa Millaa Falls|
Just down the road was Zillie Falls, another spectacular sight.