Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Fri 24 Jun 2016 22:27
We left Kuranda Station and began to walk toward the village.
We climbed some stairs and popped out at the Kuranda Hotel.
A delightful ornament on the flat roof and a picture of the hotel taken in 1928.
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.
A rather splendid bench made from train bits, the next one Bear posed.
A lone hibiscus on a strangler fig. An ant on a bin brought out the trigger finger.
Not a common sight walking down Plymouth High Street.
The very quaint St Saviour’s Church built in 1915.
Halfway down the high street a magnificent tree.
A happy menu choice on a cafe wall.
We bimbled in some grockle shops and then the big covered market, complete with Scottish stall.
Next, we did the Jungle Walk.
Pity about the fencing, but Katy Kookaburra was keen to pose.
Golden pendas, a cassowary – only a mother could love that face and a Cairns birdwing butterfly.
A northern schelhammera and a Ulysses butterfly.
Back on the high street bimbling the other way we passed a unique Aboriginal shop.
We had a wonderful time in Bob’s shop with lovely Sandra and the adorable Chester.
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.
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