Cairns Botanical gardens and The Lighthouse on grassy Hill.
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After we had enjoyed a good breakfast with the other guests on the outdoor table and chairs we decided to go to the infomation centre and find out what else we should be seeing in this area. We discovered the Info Centre was right in the Botanical gardens, so once there we felt we might just as well wander on around the gardens.
There was an orchid house for the famous Cooktown Orchid which only grows around here; its a very beautiful pink orchid. There were other pretty orchids there too. Around here we saw a quite large green tree frog, it was just lazing in the sunshine, among the branches.
We walked on through this very old gardens to a fenced off part where the garden used to grow flowers to pick and give to special residents who had made donations to help get the gardens started, and to sell to help finace more plantings.
Several small Wallabys came bouncing along, springing on their hind legs and tail, grey ones and a red coloured fellow.
One of them had a Joey, baby kangeroo, in its pouch and another had a small babe hopping very agilely beside her, these were wild and hard to photograph, they were constantly on the move playing around. We also saw a large kangeroo in the distance, much larger that the wallabys.
Saw another path heading off through the trees and decided to follow it, evenually we came to a sign; we were going to Finch Bay, how nice, it was a lovely walk through the trees with wild turkeys scurrying away ahead of us and Kookaburra birds, laughing over head, we stepped up and down the big stone steps along the way til we arrived at a lovely bay, it looked so scenic as seen through the trees, but when we got there a strong cold wind was sand blowing us, stinging blows with the grains of sand so we didn't rest for long, just walked the full length of the sandy bay to a road back to the Info Centre, we hoped!
Finch Bay is said to be very good for swimming, but we wouldn't risk that; cocodiles inhabit this area too, personally I would rather give them a wide berth.
After a good long walk we did come back to the info centre and our yellow car. We were hot and tyred, so the cool water availabble at the centre was most welcome.
Back at the Inn we quickly dived in the pool for a lovely swim, and relax till sun down, then we drove back into town, firt to drive up the steep narrow road up Grassy Hill to the old Lighthouse, with a lot of history. it was built in England in 1885, shipped out and built to divert ships from the sandy and rocky shoals that fill the bay, During the War it was equipt with a radar system that tracked all shipping possably coming to attack Australia. Before the lighthouse was even thought of Captain Cook climbed this hill several times to search for a safe passage out of the Estuary.
And now to get some lovely sunset photos along the Esturuary.
We discovered lots of Aborigine people,mainly women, fishing with hand lines, alone the waterfront, we watched as several small fish were caught and placed in kit bags for their dinner. Aborigines are allowed to keep fish of any size, but white folk must abide by the legal length.I guess they deserve a small break, after all they were here first! Even before Captain Cook arrived.
Actually the meeting between Cook and the aborigines was apparently quite amicable inicially, because Cook and his crew gave a present of several fish to the natives when he met them, but later there was discord beacuse a turtle was caught by the crew and Captain Cook ellected not to share ths delicacy.