north of Innisfail is the township of Mirriwinni the home of Brad
Bevan (champion Australian athlete). Shortly after that the town
of Babinda comes up. This is actually the southern boundary of the
municipal area of Cairns. Babinda is a sugar town but an industry
of banana farming has also been established in the area. The Babinda
Sugar Mill has guided tours during the crushing season. A beautiful
picnic area known as the Boulders lies 6km west of the town.
Bellenden-Kerr National Park (79,500 ha) extends more than 60 km
from Gordonvale in the North to inland of Innisfail. At the southern
end of the park are Mt Bartle Frere (Queensland's Highest peak.
1615m) and Josephine Falls a picnic and swimming place. Access by
conventional vehicle to Josephine Falls is possible throughout the
year and should be suitable for road bikes with care. Queensland's
second highest peak (1561m) lies in the mid northern section of
Gordonvale is Walsh's Pyramid because of its shape. It is an imposing
landmark and is right beside the highway. There is a foot race held
each year from Gordonvale to the top of the Pyramid and back. You
can walk, run or stagger up if you want to but the writer would
not recommend it. Orchid Valley, along the Little Mulgrave specialises
in orchids. The writer recommends a visit if you like orchids. The
tour is interesting and informative. It should take no more than
half an hour from Cairns. From Gordonvale you travel a short way
to Edmonton and then into Cairns.
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