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Paronella Park

Not old, but awesome

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I'm finding it difficult to find the time and the extra $6/hr to make entries. In consequence, a lot has happened lately that I should write about.

For our route information, please check my route map. Today I am in Byron Bay at the Greyhound Station waiting a 9:05pm overnight bus to Sydney.

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September 17, 2010

After leaving Cairns for the second time, we visited the "Cathedral Fig" and "Curtain Fig" trees. These trees are ancient fig trees. As the names suggest, Cathedral Fig tree is a fig tree so big it looks like a cathedral. The canopy would cover the area of two Olympic sized swimming pools. Curtain Fig, I believe, is a strangler fig, which means it begins by growing on a branch of a host tree, then overtakes the host and suffocates it, eventually killing it. Curtain Fig had taken three other trees and one had fallen so that the roots of the fig hang down in a diagonal looking much like a curtain. Our stop for the night was at Paronella Park. This is a castle built completely by hand out of concrete by a Spanish man. There is a lot I could say about the park and not much time. It was a lovely place to visit. We did a night waling tour of the castle's gardens and while waiting at the meeting spot, Trevor was reading some posters attached to the souvenir shop. I nearly had a fit as I noticed a snake coming down out of the gutter right above his head. In as calm a voice as possible I coaxed him away from the building then told him to look back. He was annoyed that I didn't snap a picture of it before calling him away. So I made him go back, but the snake was already halfway under the eaves.

The next morning, we did another walking tour of the park with more history on the family. It was really a beautiful place. A castle, a cottage, the first hydro power in Queensland, eels, fish, turtles, kauri pines, bats...Awesome!

More to come.

Posted by STimewell 00:04 Archived in Australia

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