Only 10 minutes drive from Mareeba township you will come across a native plant nursery at Walkamin called Yuruga Nursery.
It is a specialist native plant nursery and for those interested in Australian species then look no further. They grow plants to suit all micro climate in North QLD. They say they have over 500 different species at any given time.
It is a beautiful place to have a wander around and the garden cafe is a delight,they serve light meals and local ice cream.
The rare swamp orchids were still in bloom so that was a real treat. My friend who is also a VT member had a wonderful time selecting some plants to take back home.
Apparently it is Australia's largest range of tropical native plants and after strolling through this magical place I believe it.They also have a water channel for irrigation.
So if you like tropical plants then I recommend a visit to Yuruga and watch out for birds and butterflies they are plentiful.
Be careful when doing a right hand turn into the property from Kennedy Highway,it is on a rise with an overtaking lane.I suggest drive a bit further on and turn around and enter from the left and same side road.
Entry is free and suitable for wheelchairs and prams.
Children and pets are welcome.
Opening hours Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. Closed Sundays and public holidays.
We'd just finished at the Rodeo and heard from friends in Carins that all the hostels were booked up due to Universtiy games so we carried on the road to find a camping spot. There's not many places you can camp by the side of the road, the police don't like it really. We luckly found the Rocky Creek Memorial Park (on the Kennedy Highway), pulled in and set up camp there, there's a toilet block with cold water and taps around the park, there was a few other caravans there too, the ground was quite bumpy so we had to move the van arounda bit to find a level plane.
On the Kennedy Highway towards Tolga.
Appart from being a place for a picknick stop it is an historical place too as it is the 2/2 Australian General Hospital laundry and medical stores site during 1942-45 and has quite a few plaques up telling you about the history.