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Apr 22, 2018 - The Pioneer Valley

The Pioneer valley stretches from Mackay on the coast to Eungella National Park. It’s a big sugar cane growing area and the ‘cane railway’ criss-crosses the valley. Marianne managed to swim in two rock pools (no crocs!) during a walk through the rain-forest. We also saw a lot of platypi, or as you can apparently say, platypusses.

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Oct 7, 2010 - Eungella National Park and Finch Hatton Gorge

On the recommendation of other travellers we decided to head inland, 80 km west from Mackay, to Eungella National Park and Finch Hatton Gorge. The road travels through acres of sugar cane fields with the backdrop of steep forested hills on either side. This valley is known as Pioneer Valley. Several little townships are situated along this beautiful valley and we stayed in the little village of Finch Hatton. The caravan park turned out to be the town showground and with only five other caravans dotted around we had plenty of room and were...

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Feb 20, 2010 - Platypus and Leeches

The only trouble with Platypus is that they are very shy and only feed at dawn or dusk. Since we did not see any last night, down to the river at 6.00 and we were rewarded with some excellent sightings. John decided to do an 8.5km walk through the rain forest along the river and made it despite being soaked and all the local leeches. (You spray your feet, then sock and then boots. Any that make it through this you remove with salt.)

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Feb 19, 2010 - Eungella

320km further north on a very straight and boring highway to Mackay and then 70km west inland to the Eungella national park in the Clark Range of mountains. Sub-tropic rainforest and spectacular views. But one reason for coming to see a unique animal - the Platypus. This is one of the best sites to see them.

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Oct 9, 2009 - Platypi!

We woke up this morning on top of Mount Archer just outside of Rockhampton. Last night we were kept awake by all the roaming opossum. We ate breakfast overlooking the city and saw a baby kangaroo. After breakfast we went to the botanical gardens and zoo. Albeit small, we saw Chimpanzees, Lorakeets, a baby alligator, impressive bug displays, Ibises and many other birds. This afternoon we drove to Eungella (pronounced 'young-gulla') National Park where we saw platypus (multiple) in their natural habitat. They're much smaller than I...

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