Kagaroo point. Not the lookout, the rockclimbing. On Wednesday nights, find Jane Clarkeson/ Torre rocksports people in red polo shirts. It costs $15 for a climb, cheapest in town. Excellent (emphasised) view of the citiy.
This is off the beaten track in that it took me several buses to get back from it! If you have a rental car it'll be easier. But I do think it's well worth it. The place is called Fleays Wildlife Park, pronounced 'Flays' NOT 'Fleas' as I said on the phone! There are some cute little critters in there and as you have animals quite close to you, e.g. birds landed on the hand rail next to where I was sitting! One squalked and landed on my head, gave me a bit of a fright! Watch shiney things around the birds in the avery OK?! They WANT them! Lovely native bush too, photos to follow.
'LITTLE BIRDIES IN A TREE, SING A SONG FOR YOU AND ME' AREN'T THEY CUTE AND COLOURFUL? (WE, BY THE WAY, IN NEW ZEALAND SPELL COLOUR, FLAVOUR, FAVOUR ETC. WITH A U IN IT JUST IN CASE YOU THINK MY SPELLING'S A BIT AMISS HERE!) SEE IN THE MIDDLE PHOTO HOW THE BIRDS HAVE GONE DOWN FROM THE TREE AND ARE PECKING AT THE SCRAPS RIGHT ON PEOPLE'S TABLES? THESE THREE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN AT THE ENTER NAME HERE CAFE ON OUR NATURE TOUR.
BELOW IS A SHEET OF FOUR PHOTOS, WHICH SAVES SPACE. CLICK ON IT ANYWHERE TO ENLARGE THEM ALL. CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT:
(1) BOTTOM LEFT CORNER: YOU NEVER KNOW JUST WHAT OR WHO YOU'LL SEE IN SURFERS' PARADISE! LOTS OF BUSKERS AND ENTERTAINERS AROUND CAVILL MALL AREA - INCLUDING AN ELVIS ON STILTS ON THIS DAY!!! WHAT DID HE SAY WHEN I TOOK HIS PHOTO? 'THANK YOU VERY MUCH' I LOOKED FOR HIM LATER BUT 'ELVIS HAD LEFT THE BUILDING!'
(2) TOP LEFT HAND CORNER: 2000 YEAR OLD TREE!!! (ON NATURE TOUR)
(3) THE 'BLOOD TREE' WITH RED SAP LIKE JAM OR --BLOOD!!!
(4) ONE OF THE WATERFALLS, PRETTY AINT IT?!
We went on a nature tour with ENTER NAME HERE company. Had a lovely time. Not a lot of walking, a fair bit of coach touring but on this meant we got to get around the area a bit more than possibly on foot. We saw views of the native greenery from several lookout points, some waterfalls, unfortunately by the time I reached my favourite waterfall, which flowed partially through a hole in a cave or rocky wall I had run out of film! I spent the last three photos on some colourful birds which you will see. Some fabulous trees here as well and I have photos of two of these - one is two thousand years old and the other had red sap which looked a bit like blood or jam so I name it 'The Blood Tree.' We had a big yummy lunch, had to share it mum and I - quite big! - and learned the legend of the Yowie - like a Loch Ness Monster type of thing, some sitings, some proof, noone's sure. Kinda like a brown version of an abomnable snowman (yeti) or a bigfoot to look at (the drawings). Our tour guide was friendly, sociable, informative and willing to ensure that his group was happy.
SPORTS is definitely THE Aussie way of life!
This may sound strange to you... but you REALLY must TRY catching either a 'live' RUGBY match (it's like American football without all those heavy gears) and AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL. Great sports. Take a look at these sites:
Brisbane Cricket Club
Brisbane Broncos - League Football
Brisbane Bears Football Club
Take time to travel up to the Sunshine Coast, about 2 hours drive or to the bay areas. Stradbroke Island is a must see. Take a barge from Cleveland. Dolphins, turtles and sometimes whales, can be seen in the waters surrounding the island.
Just a taste of this paradise will leave you feeling charmed and captivated. Spanning 124 kilometres and covering an area of 163 000 hectares, Fraser Island has developed over 800 000 years. It is a unique natural environment - the largest sand island in the world and the only place on the planet where rainforest grows from sand. Rich Aboriginal heritage and a colourful European history are integral to Fraser Island. This combination makes this island one of the most rare and mysterious features of Queensland’s coastline.
Fraser Island’s abundant pristine fresh water lakes and crystal clear creeks are great spots to view unique flora and fauna and also provide a welcome oasis on hot summer days. Scenic 4WD circuits and walking tracks take in some of the largest of the lakes including McKenzie, Birrabeen, Benaroon, Boomanjin and the spectacular perched Lake Wabby.
An exceptional range of flora is found on the Island. Cool and peaceful rainforests of towering Satinay and Brush Box trees, some over 1000 years old, contrast withswampy wetlands, heathlands full of wild flowers and coastal stands of Pandanus palms. Fraser Islands home to a range of animals. Visitors can expect to see some of the 325 species of birds, several species of wallaby, possums, flying foxes, echidnas and Eastern Australia’s purest breed of dingo. The warm waters surrounding the Island attract dugong, dolphins and turtles.
You can walk among Kangaroos and other animals and feed some of them as well. You can also hold and take your picture with a koala.
Natural Arch is beautiful, you can view the falls from everywhere and hide underneath a cave to elt the water spray on your face.
MAGNETIC ISLAND of the coast at townsville a ferry runs every hour to and from the island. there are plenty of hostels on the island but also plenty of untouched wildenes and wild life.