Kuranda Bimble

Kuranda Bimble
 
 
 
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We left Kuranda Station and began to walk toward the village.
 
 
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We climbed some stairs and popped out at the Kuranda Hotel.
 
 
IMG_8876  Kuranda Hotel 1928
 
A delightful ornament on the flat roof and a picture of the hotel taken in 1928.
 
 
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The town map.
 
Gula Bulmba Ngunbay: This place is Ngunbay, the Place of the Platypus.
Bama Djabuganydji Gulun – Nyina ymu gudjam galgarr / Djabuganydji People have lived here from long ago.
Wabarr-a gali-ya, minya-wu waygal-a-galiya, ma-wu waygayiya / Going hunting for meat, going looking for bush food, dancing corroborees.
Djundaya, bulurru bandjirriya, gulu nganydjin bulumba / Following the law, the story, this is our country.
Nganydjin Gurra – Gurra gulu yaluguguli yaluguli, wuru-la, bagarra-la / Our Ancestors are here today, in the rivers, in the forest.
Bunda; Djin,gal-nda / in the mountains and in the sky.
1876 - first European activity
1885 – land selection took place
1888 – the village was surveyed and named Kuranda.
The meeting of two cultures was not always smooth, it was often a hard, harsh and dangerous time for both traditional owners and the new settlers.
1891 – Kuranda Railway Line was completed.
 
1988 – Wet Tropics Area, World Heritage listing on the 9th of December.
Whether you know it as Ngunbay (pronounced Noon-bi) or Kuranda, we who know it as home, welcome you to our paradise.
 
 
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A rather splendid bench made from train bits, the next one Bear posed.
 
 
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A lone hibiscus on a strangler fig. An ant on a bin brought out the trigger finger.
 
 
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Not a common sight walking down Plymouth High Street.
 
 
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The very quaint St Saviour’s Church built in 1915.
 
 
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Halfway down the high street a magnificent tree.
 
 
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A happy menu choice on a cafe wall.
 
 
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We bimbled in some grockle shops and then the big covered market, complete with Scottish stall.
 
 
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Next, we did the Jungle Walk.
 
 
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Pity about the fencing, but Katy Kookaburra was keen to pose.
 
 
Golden Pendas  Cassowary  Cairns Birdwing Butterfly
 
Golden pendas, a cassowary – only a mother could love that face and a Cairns birdwing butterfly.
 
 
Northern Schelhammera  Ulysses Butterfly
 
A northern schelhammera and a Ulysses butterfly.
 
 
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Back on the high street bimbling the other way we passed a unique Aboriginal shop.
 
 
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We had a wonderful time in Bob’s shop with lovely Sandra and the adorable Chester.
 
 
IMG_9765  Gidgee or stinking wattle
 
Bear really fancied a red gidgee wood vase, this is the one he chose which stands nine inches but weighs an amazing kilo and a half. The gidgee tree.
 
 
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Water feature. Having spent a very pleasant time in the village it was time to head back to the station, this time to the Skyrail.
 
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL A HAPPY VISIT
                     INTERESTING MOUNTAIN VILLAGE