Cairns to Yungaburra

Monday, 4 June 2012

Index

We picked up Eddie from St Augustine's in the morning and set off for Yungaburra via Gordonvale and the Gillies Highway. Heales Lookout was an absolute must-see on the way: when I was a young teenager on a family holiday, Dad had talked endlessly about the wanders of the view - but when we got there, the mist was so thick you couldn't even see your hand in front of your face. Today, however, was a perfect day.

After stopping at the lookout, we turned north off the highway to take the Danbulla Forest Drive around Lake Tinaroo. Mum had never seen the Cathedral Fig Tree before, so it was another must stop. After investigating The Chimneys and Lake Euramoo (and failing to see Mobo Creek Crater because the vegetation was too dense), we made our way to Tinaroo Dam. At the lookout at the top, we found a helpful maintenance man who directed us back down to the unsignposted park at the bottom of the spillway where we had lunch.

After settling into Blush Tree Cottage in Yungaburra, we went for a walk around the village. The Lake Eacham Hotel ("The Yungaburra Pub" where Mum was receptionist during the war years until she married Dad in 1944) has seen better days. However, St Patrick's church, where Mum and Dad were married, has been done up beautifully.


001 - Cairns to Yungaburra

002 - Heales Lookout

003 - Heales Lookout

004 - Heales Lookout

005 - Heales Lookout

006 - Cathedral Fig and Lake Tinaroo

007 - Path to the Cathedral Fig

008 - Cathedral Fig Tree

009 - Cathedral Fig Tree

010 - Cathedral Fig Tree

011 - Cathedral Fig Tree

012 - Cathedral Fig Tree

013 - Cathedral Fig Tree

014 - The Chimneys

015 - The Chimneys

016 - The Chimneys

017 - The Chimneys

018 - The Chimneys

019 - Lake Euramoo

020 - Lake Euramoo

021 - Lake Tinaroo

022 - Lake Tinaroo

023 - Lake Tinaroo

024 - Lake Tinaroo

025 - Lake Tinaroo

026 - Lake Tinaroo

027 - Lake Tinaroo

028 - Lake Tinaroo

029 - Lake Tinaroo

030 - Lake Tinaroo

031 - Lake Tinaroo

032 - Lake Eacham Hotel, Yungaburra

033 - Lake Eacham Hotel, Yungaburra

034 - Lake Eacham Hotel, Yungaburra

035 - Lake Eacham Hotel, Yungaburra

036 - Lake Eacham Hotel, Yungaburra

037 - Lake Eacham Hotel, Yungaburra

038 - Lake Eacham Hotel, Yungaburra

039 - Lake Eacham Hotel, Yungaburra

040 - Lake Eacham Hotel, Yungaburra

041 - Lake Eacham Hotel, Yungaburra

042 - Post Office, Yungaburra

043 - Catholic Church, Yungaburra

044 - Catholic Church, Yungaburra

045 - Catholic Church, Yungaburra