Creation of the Curtain Fig

When three trees became one, it’s nature’s way of reclaiming itself. The Curtain Fig Tree is as it sounds — a curtain of root tendrils draped across other trees. Over time, it pushes and squishes the trees together, wrapping it in its tree roots, making it one big curtain fig. The Curtain Fig National Park …

Cafe in Australian Bush

How unusual to find this log-style cafe in the middle of farming country. Suffice to say, it is in the middle of nowhere. I love walking into this secluded magnificent timbered building. It welcomes me every time. Its earthy tones, feasting tables and yesteryear artefacts draw me in. As I walk around, I am fascinated. Next I spotted the eclectic collection…

The Magic of Paronella Park Lives On

When I heard I could view an historical castle in North Queensland, I  wanted to jump in the car and drive there; many a time this has been done. Over the past 20 years, I have taken family and guided friends towards seeing a unique tourist destination,  Paronella Park, where one man’s dream became a reality. The people featured are my…

A Smokin’ Lunch

Platypus, smoked local meats, homemade jams, fresh baked desserts and lily pads across expanses of lakes were an enticing combination for a relaxing midday outing. The Australian Platypus Park and Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre’s outdoor covered dining area had expanded considerably. I was pleased to see that business was doing well, especially their Smokehouse part. Various meats…

Mad Hatterz Café

What a quaint, quirky experience. Everything appeared topsy turvy at the Mad Hatterz Café, in Yungaburra; only 40min up the Gillies’ Range from Cairns. We enjoyed a lunch with a difference. Hats of all sorts were all about on each chair. Those who dined for lunch donned a mad hat; of sorts. We heard giggling and squealing echoing…