Searching for Platypus in Atherton.
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We had heard that we might be able to spot some Platypus's, a real iconic Auzzie aquatic animal, at a small stream near the old railway station, now that sounded exciting, so after we has checked out of the caravan park, we headed straight there.
Hasties Swamp is a small lake set in swampy land ideal for water fowl, we got there and to my amazement found that the area was called Nyleta Wetlands. Such a surprise to see that name, because my daughters' name is Nyle and I thought the spelling was so original; I just had to take a photo of the sign for her.
We climbed up into the big hide and observed the ducks and egrets and other birds all around on the water, then we spotted a tiny little bird diving among the reeds. After we had searched the photos of birds likely to be seen we came to the conclusion that we were watching a Pygmy Goose. Had never even heard of them before. Unfortunately we didn't see any Platypus here either, these wee animals are too allusive for us.
We then headed off towards Cairns down the Gillies Highway and had a pleasant drive to Edmonton a small town not far from Cairns. Stopped for lunch in the mall and decided to try and stay overnight here, mainly on account of the fact that I have an old friend living in Edmonton in Canada, but the motel we asked at and the caravan park cabins had no vacancies, forcing us to drive on the city, as the Castaways backpackers we had stayed in before, was also full up we went in search of a nice motel for the night and found a good place two doors away with a swimming pool. Quickly we were changed and in for a swim, surprisingly the water was salty, it’s a sea water pool! This was by far the most comfortable place we stayed at during our holiday, The name is Adobe Motels, they also make the best Pizza in Cairns or so they say!Went out for the evening to the local pub called the Cock and Bull, a great place very popular serving good food and having lots of poker machines, so I was happy, even more so when I won a small kind of prize; a chance to spin the wheel. Now there were some great prizes on the wheel like meals and drinks and good money, but sadly I didn't win them, my spin said have another turn, so I did, then I won $5 measly dollars! Still it was $5 I didn't have before so it was all good. Enjoyed a lovely meal, plus a sensational dessert; Banff Pie with ice-cream and cream, so fattening but so very yummy.