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Dinden National Park

Posted by admin on October 30, 2011

We went camping with good friends at Dinden National Park on the weekend. 

What a lovely weekend we have had! Dinden is only an hours drive from home, but you would think that it was a world away. We set up camp next to Davies Creek, an oasis in quite dry scrubby country. There are huge granite boulders which have been sculptured by water for thousands of years. These slippery, smooth rocks provided hours of fun for the boys who loved the slippery slides and exploring the creek. Around every corner was a beautiful vista of water coursing over boulders and weeping paperbark trees gracefully lining the banks, providing wonderful shade and respite from the heat. Saturday we went for a 6 hour walk up the Lamb Range (the mountain range you see behind Cairns) to Khapalim rock- an enormous rock precariously perched up on the mountain. We got some speccy views of Copperlode Dam and Cairns from the top. The vegetation was not unlike what we saw on Mt Bartle Frere (QLD's highest mountain) that we climbed a couple of months ago. There were Kauri Pines and Sheoaks as well as some rainforest trees and thankfully we were in the shade most of the time. I must say that Davies Creek is one of my favourite places, made all the better by relaxing with good friends and a glass of red wine while watching the kids play in the creek!

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