On Monday 23rd October, we left the campsite and the frog behind for a golden gumboot. The welly is 7.9 m high and marks the maximum amount of the rainfall the wettest town Australia’s, Tully, ever had.
We quickly stopped at South Mission Beach and got petrol and provisions in Mission Beach.
As we were driving along the coast we stumbled across the absolutely stunningly beautiful Bingil Bay, or for me simply paradise with golden sand and the rainforest right down to the beach.
The second spontaneous stop that day was at mamu tropical skywalk, a world heritage site as the oldest rainforest in the world, a so called wet forest. Thanks to my international youth hostel membership card I got a concession. 🙂
We did the walk while listening to the audio guide and went to the cantilever. During the last few meters on the elevated walk I could suddenly hear very loud thunder and it took me a second or two before I realised a tree was falling. And indeed it was, just a couple of meters in front of me and at the right hand side of the bridge! It was still a few meters away but I got really scared and developed a sudden respect for the forest.
Still a bit shaky I climbed the observation tower from where we had great views over the North Johnstone River Gorge. Nevertheless I was glad we made it back to the car park in one piece. Then we went to Mungalli Falls
and just about managed to take a picture of Millaa Millaa Waterfalls before sunset.
We still had to drive for 45 min to Lake Tinaroo Caravan Park and it was our one and only journey in the dark where we heard a lot of spooky noises. At the caravan park we thought we saw a tree kangaroo and all night long we heard the sounds of all sorts of rainforest animals.