Mamu

The tree has fallen over at MaMu

I’m surprised more Aussies don’t visit the north as there’s so much to see and do. You don’t even need to stay in Cairns, you can have a few nights at different places to really get the most out of your stay. I just can’t get over how much there is to see and do up here. They should run their own version of ‘The Great South East’ and call it “FNQ”. The show could run for years!!!

The best thing about the north is the natural wonders. We have some really beautiful places up here and the most diverse flora and fauna. Is there anywhere else where the forest meets the reef? The country is so beautiful to drive through. There is a multitude of greens, the soil goes from rusty oranges to deep reds, the mountains and hills are a light hue of blue, with the skies a brilliant blue and the water is simply sensational be it fresh or salty! FNQ is stunning.

So yesterday, we filled you in about Paronella Park and today we’ll catch you up on our trip to Mamu. So on Sunday (28/8), we got the chance to experience Mamu Tropical Skywalk.

On the way, we called into a fabulous bakery in Wangan and it seems to operate the strangest hours. We’ve seen it open at night and it’s always open early in the morning. We must do a 2am dash to see if its open then too. Anyway, we grabbed a couple of pies and set on our way to Mamu.

Upon arrival, we realised that we were short change $50 from morning tea and Tim (in his rather subtle work voice) let some profanity slip… Then out of nowhere, we are welcomed to country by a local indigenous lad, Phil. Lord knows what he thought…

I’ve never been personally welcomed to country before, it’s always done at events, like graduation or public events, so I found this very personal and it almost seemed like I was more connected to the country through their welcome.

It was seriously a beautiful walk. Make sure you grab the botanic guide and a set of headphones to make the most of your visit. The walk consisted of a forest floor walk, a skywalk, a cantilever as well as above the canopy. I’m not that great with heights so I didn’t venture above the canopy but Tim experienced the 360 degree views of the region. He could see Mt Bartle-Frere as well as the water ways in the valley.

Not sure our photos have done the place justice, but the experience was amazing.

Then upon leaving, we got a chance to really talk with Phil. Turns out he’s from up north and use to be the ranger at Mamu so had extensive knowledge of the area and was able to tell us what birds we saw and how lucky we were to see some of the species. It made for a memorable day.

Oh, and Tim got his 50 bucks back! Thank goodness for honest folk! 🙂