THE IN­SID­ERS I TROP­I­CAL NORTH QLD

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - PHILIP NEW­LAND

SEE: Jan­bal Gallery, Moss­man Learn about Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture by paint­ing your own boomerang, didgeri­doo or can­vas dur­ing art classes, or en­joy sto­ries from Abo­rig­i­nal artist Brian ‘‘Binna’’ Swind­ley; jan­bal­gallery. com.au. EAT: Mo­jos Bar & Grill, Moss­man Try the de­li­cious beef burger with blue cheese at this coun­try-style eatery, a 10-minute drive from Port Dou­glas; mo­jos­barand­grill.com.au. STAY: Red Mill House Bed & Break­fast, Dain­tree Vil­lage Ac­com­mo­da­tion is in a his­toric Queens­lan­der home with a taste­ful ad­di­tion. My favourite is the Li­to­ria Room (named af­ter a white-lipped tree frog), up­stairs with views across the gar­dens and pool; red­mill­house.com.au. SHOP: Tolga Wood­works, Tolga Wood­work and pot­tery pieces from here make amaz­ing gifts; tol­ga­wood­works.com.au.

DI­REC­TOR OF SALES, MOSS­MAN GORGE CEN­TRE Wu­jal Wu­jal, 30km north of Cape Tribu­la­tion Wu­jal Wu­jal is an Abo­rig­i­nal community on the Bloom­field River with a pop­u­la­tion of about 320. Take a tour with Fran­cis Walker of Wu­jal Wu­jal Walker Fam­ily Tours to learn more about this beau­ti­ful area; wu­jal­wu­jal­coun­cil.qld.gov.au; ba­m­away.com.au. Gran­ite Gorge One of the Table­lands’ most fas­ci­nat­ing at­trac­tions is 12km from Ma­reeba, or about 60km from Cairns. There’s a good swim­ming hole and a lot of rock wal­la­bies; gran­ite­gorge.com.au. Ma­reeba Trop­i­cal Sa­vanna & Wet­lands Re­serve A community project to pro­tect more than 2020ha of sa­vanna and wet­lands an hour from Cairns, com­bin­ing con­ser­va­tion work with ed­u­ca­tion and na­ture-based tourism; ma­ree­bawet­lands.org. The Junc­tion Cafe, Moss­man Open Mon­day to Fri­day and Satur­day morn­ing, it has a funky, ’50s-style in­te­rior, serves good cof­fee and has an in­ter­est­ing menu — try the home­made cakes; 5 Front St, Moss­man. Jaques Aus­tralian Cof­fee Plan­ta­tion & Cafe, Ma­reeba The cafe is sit­u­ated at the heart of the cof­fee plan­ta­tion, sur­rounded by trop­i­cal gar­dens. Great cof­fee and snacks, and the choco­late-coated cof­fee beans are a must; jaque­scoffee.com.au.

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