A Farewell To Wonga

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more spectacular sunrise than the one we regularly got at Wonga. The sun quickly rises from the Coral Sea at 5.53am, turning the mackerel sky into a riot of rainbow colour, with the reef shimmering and the Low Isles appearing as a mirage, shape-shifting on the horizon.  Our…

Into The Blue

Thanks to our great new friends at Wonga, Shirl and Andy, we ventured out on their rather large and impressive cruiser for a day on the Reef, specifically heading for Bat and Tongue Reef and the intriguingly named Blue Martini – so called because of its circular rim and deep blue dive hole.  Because of…

Cape Tribulation, Into The Wild

The Daintree River Ferry, the only cable ferry operating within tropical Australia, feels like crossing over to the ‘Land That Time Forgot’ or, perhaps more relevantly, to the gateway into Jurassic Park – all it appears to lack is a huge rustic wooden gate and electrified fencing to hold the ‘wildlife’ in. The river is…

Toward The Heart of Darkness

The CREB track, beyond Daintree Village, is a rough and ready off-road challenge for highly experienced 4WD drivers (only) and is considered one of Australia’s most notorious 4WD tracks, traversing the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest, the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia, at around 1,200 square kilometres.  The CREB (originally the service access…

A Very Wonga Christmas

Beautiful one day, perfect the next….another cracking day dawns at Wonga, Christmas Day. I have to say that the dawn chorus here is more raucous than chorus with incredibly loud repetitive shrieks, squawks, haunting whistles, cackles, hoots and coos….and then the insects get going as the heat and humidity rise, the noise getting louder and…

Being Croc Aware!

Would you swim here? This is a local swimming hole near to the house. We are ‘assured’ that there are no crocs here ‘cos apparently they don’t swim uphill… ‘ Who knew? It was so tempting on a roasting hot morning to plunge into the cool water, but we chickened out. Whereas the other photo…

Too Darn Hot!

It’s too darn hot for the beach as we’d fry to a crisp within minutes after say 10am. The best time to explore is at sunrise and early morning or late in the afternoon, just as the intense heat of the day subsides. That’s when the reef appears to shimmer on the horizon. It’s a…

Blue, Blue, Electric Blue

As Omicron spreads its tentacles around the world, sending us back into some form of restricted life or, heaven forbid, another lockdown, it’s somewhat of a relief to fly to apparently COVID-free Tropical North Queensland – far from the madding crowd… Though getting here was an anxiety-fuelled rollercoaster, with a negative PCR taken within 72…

Govetts Leap. A Folklore Legend

We’ve been coming to the relative cool highlands of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains for many a year, particularly transfixed by the breathtaking views at Govetts Leap, a vast and spectacular look-out across this World Heritage wilderness just 2 hours out of Sydney.  I’ve previously posted on the remarkable ongoing regeneration since the devastating fires…

‘Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night’

Sadly, the last ‘known’ Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) died at Hobart Zoo in 1936, though ask any local, especially in the north western wilderness areas of Cradle Mountain about Thylacines and they’ll wax lyrical about reports of sightings in the area – a suspicious paw print in the forest or even a pile of stinking scat…