LICUALA LODGE - 11, Mission Circle, Mission Beach, Queensland 4852
Queensland Police are pretty hot on speeding, especially when entering and exiting small towns - be warned.
Answer the questions correctly and you get an extra biscuit/muffin on arrival. The directions start from the big structure in the middle of the Bruce Highway that has Farewell (To Townsville) on it - northwest of the CBD. If coming from further South (say Airlie Beach) you do not have to go into Townsville - instead follow the signs for Ingham, and you will join these directions at the Bohle River.
||Farewell to Townsville, immediately followed by a roundabout. In a short while you should notice a large white pipe that runs parallel to the road. I'm pretty sure it is some sort of water pipe. The visible part runs for about 50 kms.
End of the Pipe - it goes up the hill to a big tank on the hill
Black River and the pipe starts again
For some reason or other there are lots of boarding kennels and catteries
What is a Rusty Banana
Road sign for Frosty Mango (R)
Althaus Creek and Deep Creek
What is the name of the Pet Crematorium (R)
Two Mile Creek, Sleeper Log Creek
The next creek sometimes has decorations - I wonder why ??
Lilypond Creek (is it spelt incorrectly??), Cassowary Creek
Saltwater Creek, Station Creek, Surveyor Creek,
What is the name of the bridge over Rollingstone Creek
End of the water pipe
What is the name of the bridge over Ollera Creek
Left for Paluma
Last chance for Paluma
Crystal Creek and you are entering Hinchinbrookshire
Frosty Mango - Great place to stop for a drink and bite to eat
Stony Creek, Byabra Creek, Figtree Creek, Mosquito Creek, Insulator Creek, Spring Gully, Eleanor Creek, Sawpit Gully, Gap Creek, Log Creek, Twin Creek
Waterfall Creek, Sullivans Creek, Sandy Creek and Jourama Falls
What is the name of the State School (R)
Driver Reviver - Free cup of tea or coffee (usually on long weekends and during school holidays)
Frances Creek, Cattle Creek
Village of Toobanna
What is the name of the bridge over Trebonne Creek ?
Pound Creek. Not sure but there may be two Welcome to Ingham signs ?
Tyto Wetlands Centre and Visitor Info Centre - a must for all Birders
The cinema is called the what Theatre ?
Turn right and head for Cardwell
The John Row Bridge crosses which river ?
Lucinda (R). The longest jetty in the southern hemisphere - almost 6 kms. If you decide to go there you won't be able to see the end of the jetty. Lots of good fishing around the jetty.
Scenic lookout - great views of Hinchinbrook Island (but MAJOR roadworks)
Lots of creeks for the next 30 or so kms.
Sunday, Waterfall, Fishers, Bridge, Scrubby, Porters, Muller, Conn, Blady Grass, Damper, Newmans, Clarkson, Broken Pole, Five Mile
Just on the left is the Five Mile Creek Swimming Hole. A pleasant little stop - especially if you like swimming holes.
Bluewater, Mary, Two Mile, Stoney and One Mile Creek
Historic Cardwell Post Office
Meunga Creek, Sunbeam Creek, Lily Creek
What are Yellow ??
Double Barrel Creek, Spring Creek and Deep Creek
If it is a long weekend or school holiday you may notice some Driver Reviver signs. Free cup of tea or coffee and biscuits.
Murray Falls (20 kms). Worth a look. The road is sealed apart from the last couple of kms (OK for all cars). Park at the camping ground and take the short boardwalk or the longer walk to the top of the falls.
Murray Falls (22 kms) - last chance Lagoon South Creek
What is the name of the bridge over the Murray River
The mighty !! Tully River
A set of totally useless traffic lights. Many ratepayers were not very happy at the local council spending a lot of money on these lights. One day I might understand how council makes decisions. If you do happen to turn left at these lights, you will eventually end up at Tully Gorge. Interestingly enough, there is a road sign on this road saying 'This is not the way to Townsville'.
Tully Visitor Information Centre (Free Tea and Coffee most days)
Make the most of the Traffic lights as they are the last set of lights you'll see for a while.
As you may already know, there are lots of Big Things around Australia. Tully has got a big GUMBOOT. You can climb inside the gumboot (almost 8 metres) and you'll get a good view of Tully and the Sugar Mill. To get to the gumboot turn left at these traffic lights. Go over the railway and the creek (Banyan Creek). Tully Bowls Club is on the left and Tully Showground is on the right. The Sugar Mill is on the left and the Golden Gumboot is on the right at the crossroads. If you fancy yet another swimming hole, turn right just after Tully Showground - this takes you all the way to Alligator's Nest swimming hole (no, of course there are no alligators in the swimming hole. Would I tell you to swim in alligator-infested waters ?? Named after a local scout troop that used to camp there) - approx 6.8 kms.
Railway station, which looks totally abandoned.
How far from Tully to El Arish ??
Turn right - signposted Mission Beach
Now look for the unique Gumboot Tree, which has been in flower since Dec 2009, on the right hand side (only one flower since cyclone Yasi).
A house that reminds me very much of a cricket pavilion (R)
What sort of zone are you entering ??
Silly Cassowary sign and Sugarcane Creek
Bikini Tree - Is now back (Aug 2006). Many thanks to the person who made the bikini and put it back on the tree.
Sellars Banana Farm (R) Here you can also buy nice big bananas and they are so cheap - 5 for $1
Just put your money into the honesty box. What a bargain !!
Another silly cassowary sign
Limbo Creek and Licuala State Forest
DO NOT TURN LEFT HERE - Keep going straight on !!
North Hull Bridge
Turning for South Mission - DO NOT TURN RIGHT HERE, carry straight on for Licuala Lodge
How far to the Jetty ??
Police Station and School (R)
Watch your speed if it is a schoolday
A Roundabout !! In Mission Beach !! Completed in July 2008.
What do I and E Linnett do for a living ??
Medical Centre (R) Sue reckons it's my second home
Licuala Lodge road sign
Turn left into Mission Circle
Are we there yet ???? YES !!!