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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Lacey Creek, Djiru National Park Mission Beach

26th September 2015

Dreaming Trail, Lacey Creek Bushwalk, Djiru National Park, Mission Beach, North Qld

"Since Europeans began to settle North Queensland, over 80 per cent of the lowland rainforest in the Wet Tropics has been cleared for agriculture and housing. Much of the forest in Mission Beach was selectively harvested up until the 1970s. This forest type is now preserved as national park." (Source: http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/)

The Dreaming Trail, Lacey Creek Bushwalk within the Djiru National Park, outside of Mission Beach, North Queensland, is a 3.2km walk climbing over steep terrain and crossing over Lacey Creek a few times.  Cassowaries are often seen in this section of the National Park, however on our walk, we only saw evidence of them (plenty of large poo's) and alas, no Cassowaries themselves.  The walk is beautiful and you wind through large Fan Palm groves and enjoy the calls of plenty of little birds overhead.  The damage from Cyclone Yasi is still evident with plenty of gaps in the canopy overhead.

There was plenty of beautiful fungi to enjoy and I also spotted a stunning orchid in flower. We visited late afternoon, and I would love to go on this walk again, possibly early morning next time with the hope of seeing more birdlife.  Spangled Drongo's were aplenty.  There were quite a few beautiful butterflies which were hard to capture on camera - but very enjoyable to watch their vibrant flight through the rainforest.  The Helena Brown Butterfly was particularly beautiful. Brendon observed a turtle swimming in Lacey Creek while walking over the low bridge.

Thank you to the local Mission Beach World Cassowary Day Organisers for suggesting we visit Lacey Creek in the Djiru National Park on our way back to Cairns.

J & B

Dreaming Trail Walk to Lacey Creek, Djiru National Park, Mission Beach

One of many Cassowary Poo's on the Dreaming Trail Walking Track (26/09/15)

Observing the beautiful flora on the Dreaming Trail Walk

Beautiful Orchid in flower at Lacey Creek Walk 

Helena Brown Butterfly (Tisiphone helena) at Dreaming Trail, Lacey Creek, Djiru National Park

Helena Brown Butterfly (Tisiphone helena) with wings closed at Dreaming Trail, Lacey Creek, Djiru National Park

Lacey Creek, Djiru National Park, Mission Beach 26/09/15. 

Smaller section of Lacey Creek, Djiru National Park, Mission Beach
  


A small selection of the Fungi seen on the Dreaming Trail, Djiru National Park, Mission Beach



Master C noticed this huge fungi and took a great photo of my hand beside it for size comparison. 

Master C also noticed this awesome insect clinging to the bottom of another fungi on the Dreaming Trail


These "Seeds" have sprouted new trees on the forest floor at Djiru National Park, Dreaming Trail. 

Another of the many Cassowary Poo's seen on the Dreaming Trail - ready to regenerate trees required for this species' future survival.

Goodbye from Dreaming Trail... This photo is blurry, but I loved it just the same. We watched this majestic blue and yellow butterfly make it's way through the rainforest on the Lacey Creek Walk in Djiru National Park. 



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