Re­united take in the sights of area

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - TOURISM TALK -

FAM­ILY mem­bers sep­a­rated by the “tyranny of dis­tance” be­tween the United King­dom and Bronte in Syd­ney got to­gether in the re­gion re­cently, with a trip from Port Dou­glas to the Dain­tree and along the Bloom­field Track.

Jon and Beck Loudes are hav­ing a good look around their adopted coun­try, and the Dain­tree wilder­ness was a must for them and part of their UK fam­ily.

Beck’s three ma­jor high­lights were, in her words:

“Be­ing shown how lo­cals live in the rain­for­est was fas­ci­nat­ing. What a won­der­ful life. But imag­ine hav­ing to live with­out elec­tric­ity in the 21st cen­tury.

“Spot­ting real live crocs at Cooper Creek and Wu­jal Wu­jal was ex­cit­ing, and the scenery as we drifted among the man­groves was so rich, so di­verse and so dif­fer­ent. The man­groves, with their weird fruit, wavy but­tresses and colour­ful flow­ers were amaz­ing.

“The Wu­jal Falls just topped things off.”

Jon’s mum, Mar­garet Christo­pher and Adrian Har­ris still live in Read­ing, Berk­shire, Eng­land and proudly boast that they live al­most in the shadow of Read­ing Gaol, no­to­ri­ous for once im­pris­on­ing the colour­ful Os­car Wilde.

Adrian makes a more fa­mil­iar link.

“The in­ter­net gen­er­a­tion might more likely know of Read­ing be­cause the ac­tress Kate Winslet comes from there. She not only sur­vived the Ti­tanic sink­ing a few years back, but a few months ago res­cued Richard Bran­son’s mum from a house fire in the Caribbean.”

In Jon’s words “our big day out was like hav­ing a Sun­day roast with a healthy por­tion of ap­ple crum­ble dessert. You walk away feel­ing happy and con­tent.”

I’d never thought of the rain­for­est like that - croc with blanc-mange, any­one?

Vis­i­tors from the USA are reg­u­lars to the Cape Trib re­gion. They are gen­er­ally, and just how po­litely can one put this, of a cer­tain age - about my age in fact. They are usu­ally widely trav­elled.

Al­most to a per­son, North Amer­i­cans have a fas­ci­na­tion with in­dige­nous cul­ture so, when­ever they can find the time, they make a bee­line to Wu­jal Wu­jal for an in­ter­pre­tive tour with the Walker fam­ily and visit the newly opened Arts and Craft Cen­tre.

“Spot­ting a croc in the wild, see­ing the wa­ter­fall, cross­ing the creeks, talk­ing with Frances Walker, and hav­ing a very spe­cial af­ter­noon tea on the banks of the Woobadda Creek ranks right there with Uluru on our trip,” was Mike and Pat Thomas’ summary of the trip.

The whole Dain­tree re­gion and up to Wu­jal Wu­jal and Cook­town is look­ing good. Think of the won­ders at your doorstep, es­pe­cially with hol­i­days and free travel across the Dain­tree River ferry com­ing up.

Hav­ing a stretch: beefy Bru­tus show­ing his bulk at Bloom­field

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