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Published January 18th 2013
Breathtaking discoveries in the Far North rainforest
A part of the 42km Tinaroo Range road network, Kauri Creek Road is a 4WD track through the Lamb Range rainforest. It can be accessed via the Danbulla Forest Drive in Tinaroo, or via Mareeba off the Tinaroo Creek Road. Free permits to travel this 4WD track can be obtained from the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing.
Once we were on the Kauri Creek track, the drive became rockier with potholes, loose gravel, and streaks of water erosion. There were a few narrow sections with dizzying drops (don't look down!), and tight corners which were impossible to see around. We slowed down to a crawl for safer driving.
One of the smoother sections of the Kauri Creek 4WD track.
The slow pace made for a longer travel time, however the abundance of things to see made time fly by. There were birds with bright plumage, glossy ferns, creeping vines and an ever-changing landscape of towering trees. We also travelled through clouds, feeling like we were in a jungle movie.
At one point, we came across a creek tortoise making its way across the road. Fortunately it never made it to the "other side" as we stopped to shoo it back off the track.
Just as we were beginning to wonder if the track would ever end, we came across a carpark direction sign. Strangely, it was facing the forest, not the road so this warranted a closer look. Lo and behold – an overgrown walking track into the rainforest!
We hopped out of the car for a quick look, which turned into a good hour as we came across the beautiful rainforest Kauri Creek. It was shallow enough to walk up, so off we went. Icy mountain water, sandy gravel, waxy water plants, mossy logs and drooping wait-a-while all contributed to an exotic jungle experience.
At the car again, reality came back to bite us in the butt with the discovery of leeches. After some screaming and carrying on from the kids, emergency salt alternative (a bag of salt and vinegar chips), and streaks of blood, we made our way home via Tinaroo.