So far we have enjoyed exploring the various tropical rainforest tracks in the local area and venturing a bit further afield we found a brand new Woolworths supermarket and Caltex Servo on the way to South Mission Beach.
Unfortunately we haven't had the good fortune (yet) to spot a Cassowary (the indigenous flightless bird standing a metre tall). But we are hopeful, given the outrageous number of roadside warning signs in the area!
Today we back tracked about 45klms and detoured off the highway to spend a great morning at Paronella Park which is a Spanish Castle (now in a state of semi-ruin, but that somehow adds to its appeal) which was built by a Spanish immigrant - Jose Paronella in the 1930's.
In those days it boasted a water-wonderland for day picnickers a large cinema, tennis courts, fountains, ballroom, and its own hydro-electric power station! Sadly the park suffered several setbacks including floods, cyclones, and family tragedies over the years and fell into a state of decay over the years until the current owners resurrected the property in 1993 and turned it into the #1 Queensland tourist attraction that it is today. It is now clearly a thriving business once again. Highly recommended.
Helen enjoying an early morning walk before the heat of the day.
Cassowaries are often seen in the area, but unfortunately we missed out.
A walk along the Mission Beach foreshore lead me to this beautiful spot.