Jul 17

Tropical North Queensland

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Prue brought the Daintree to life

Prue brought the Daintree to life

 

 

Taking in the trails in Kuranda

Taking in the trails in Kuranda

 

Timara Queenslander, our Kewarra home

Timara Queenslander, our Kewarra home

We’ve had a magical week in far north Queensland…first the Daintree, then several days in north Cairns, on a remote stretch of beach in Kewarra, at a wonderful resort nestled in the beachfront rainforest.  While Cairns is a bustling beach town — with all the touristy honky tonk and beach buzz — Kewarra is a world away.  In some ways reminiscent of our Kailua, it’s a sleepy neighborhood, with this little resort tucked into the bush at the end of the road.  Friday night is pizza night on the beach — (much like our outings to Bob’s in Kailua!) — and we sat under the stars at the beach shack, nibbling prawn and tandori chicken pizzas with the local families who congregate each week.  The kids played in moonlit sand with neighborhood kids while we soaked up the soulful music and intoxicating magic of this special place.

We’ve done our share of tourist musts, including the skyrail and train roundtrip to Kuranda.  Beautiful scenery both directions — more rainforests, crocodile infested rivers, and exotic birds soaring through the skies.  Kuranda seems a bit overtaken by the visitors, but we found a wonderful pub a bit off the beaten path for a local lunch of Guinness pie on the verandah.  Not a bad way to spend the day!

Once again, our temporary home has been spectacular.  The Timara Cottage at Kewarra is an original Queenslander home, originally built at Mossman gorge by one of the first families to settle the region.  It was moved to Kewarra some twenty years ago and restored to it’s original condition.  Huge verandahs encircle the 2 bedroom cottage, where we enjoyed lunch and family down time every day.  Surrounded by lagoons on three sides, we shared the tranquility with the birds, fish, and the occasional rustle in the bush…wildlife we knew was out there but never quite showed itself.  As we packed up and sneaked out before sunrise this morning, a huge tail and animal back-end darted into the bush in front of us…a kangaroo perhaps?

Shell collecting in North Queensland

Shell collecting in North Queensland

 

Tropical birds

Tropical birds

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