Eungella (pronounced “young-ella”) is amazing. It is a volcanic National Park 700m or so above sea level, and on a clear day you can see the sea at Mackay from our campsite, 100km to the East. Even though we are in the tropics, ie North of the Tropic of Capricorn, the rainforest at Eungella is classified at sub-tropical, due to its elevation.
The second attraction was the platypuses (platypii??) in Broken River. OK, there is too much video footage on this blog, but you should have seen the yards on the editing floor!! The river was full of freshwater turtles, but did we film them....er no. The kingfisher was cute – unimpressed by the platypuses below, he dived into the water and returned with a fish each time in his huge beak.
There were two main highlights – the first was a day’s 4WDing with Neil Cunningham. Young Neil is 68 and is the 3rd generation of Cunninghams to live in this area since 1906 – he knows it like the back of his hand. He took us thro amazing eucalypt and rainforest – we learnt heaps. The wildlife star of the show was an 8’ carpet python.