Travellers seek out authentic wildlife experiences

Wildlife spotting, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing and hiking experiences still continue to draw travellers to Lake Tinaroo looking for authentic and up close nature and wildlife encounters.

Maree Cathro of Yungaburra’s On The Wallaby conducts guided wildlife canoeing tours on Lake Tinaroo.

 “Anything that doesn’t have a motor, like canoeing and kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, is more popular than ever at the moment,” Ms Cathro said.

“With less power craft activity, it’s very relaxing and wildlife spotting opportunities are good.”

 Ms Cathro said while the night tours have been cancelled due to lack of access to favoured spots to see tree kangaroos and other wildlife, the day tours still provided opportunities to see birds and other species.

The Maritime Safety department last month (October) imposed a six-knot speed limit on the lake as the water level had dropped to less than 50 percent capacity, exposing tree stumps, sand banks and other hazards.

Ms Cathro said there was still plenty to do in the lake environs and at the Tablelands’ scenic volcanic crater lakes, Barrine and Eacham.

“Petersen Creek flows into the lake and we send people down there for the platypus spotting.

“It is a lovely shaded walk from Yungaburra. Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine don’t drop in water level that much during the dry so they are still fantastic. People can take their own canoes and blow-up floaties etc – anything without a motor.

“Or they can take a tour to places like the Cathedral Fig Tree, Mt Hypipamee crater, Millaa Millaa and the waterfall circuit.”

Peter Tuck of Bike and Bird Accommodation in Atherton and Tablelands Adventure Guides conducts guided canoe tours of the two crater lakes, but says the Tea House at Lake Barrine is an added incentive to spend a morning among the wildlife at this beautiful spot.

“People can enjoy the tour and a swim off the bank or from the kayak and then have lunch,” he said.

“We also conduct cycling and hiking tours. We’re not specialised guides by any means, but we know how to keep people happy.”

He said there were many great bike and hiking trails for people to enjoy on the Atherton Tablelands.

“Atherton has short hiking opportunities within a kilometre and a half of the town,” he said.

“There are 55km of Green and Blue mountain bike trails within a short walk of the Atherton CBD as the new Link Track, opened in October, starts about 200m below the ANZ bank, which is considered the centre of town.”


Posted by Bronwyn under Tablelands News | Posted on 10th Nov 2016

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