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I have to admit, I love bushwalking during the wet season in North Queensland. The rain just makes it more magical, the colours pop up a lot more and the smell of the wet ground calms my spirit. Connecting with nature is one of the most rewarding experience and what a joy to have the opportunity to visit Eungella to do exactly this.
The Eungella area is located in the Mackay region in North Queensland up in the mountains. Once you leave the highway and head inland, you will have to go up a winding road that will get you up in the clouds. Coincidentally, Eungella means the Land of Clouds in the language of the Wiri people which ancestral land I had the opportunity to visit.
The area is known for its national parks and many bushwalks. In fact, there is 22 km of tracks to get lost in. The area is considered to be the longest continual stretch of sub-tropical rainforest in Australia. The biodiversity is amazing and you can see unique species there. From nowhere else to be seen frogs and birds species, the area is biodiverse and a pleasure to visit. It is also one of the rare places where your chances of seeing the elusive platypus are quite high.
We stayed at the Broken River Eco-resort and found that their cabins are simple but comfortable and clean. We choose this location as we do enjoy eco-certified accommodations. On that note, if you are interested in learning how to travel more sustainably in North Queensland, feel free to check out my e-book on the topic here.
One of the points of interest with this accommodation is that there are observatory platforms only a stone throw away from the cabins where you can see the platypus in its natural habitat. I always thought that this animal was a bit special but I was reminded how incredibly special it is. It is one of the two mammals in the world that lay eggs, it has the beak of a duck, the tail of a beaver and walks like a lizard. As if this was not enough, the males have a venomous spur on their back leg. How special is this! I was privileged enough to see more than one! Check out the video if you want to know more.
I was in awe!
After seeing those amazing animal, we were quite happy to stop at the iconic Eungella Chalet for a snack and to admire the view. What a view indeed. Perched in the mountains, this is one of the cool places to stop for lunch.
I would definitely recommend the area if you want to reconnect with nature. The bushwalks are well managed and there are walks for all levels. From beginners to advance and from 20 minutes to a few days. There are really no excuses not to go for a visit. If you end up going on a hot day, do not hesitate to go to Finch Hatton where you can go for a dip in the gorge. There are a few floodways to cross through, so check the conditions if it has been raining.
Check out this website to learn more about the region.
Hope you have the chance to experience this exceptional region and don’t forget, respect nature and think eco wherever you go. Until next time, take care!