A 10 minute ferry ride from Townsville takes one to a magical place, where free koalas sit in the trees, lorikeets eat out of your hands, and rock wallabies pose in the rocks. Each character has its own place. There is an air conditioned bus that will take one within reach of everything. The air conditioned part was very important most places were not air conditioned and even in the fall of March, the heat was sometimes overpowering to tourists accustomed to March being winter or very early spring just occasionally above freezing. Here most days were 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit and the locals seemed happy with it.
We were greeted at the ferry by our hosts at the AirB&B where we were staying on Picnic Bay. The kitchen and dining area had no air conditioning. There was a small unit that could be turned on in the bedroom. During the heat of the day we often retreated to that small space, but usually we were out exploring.
We were told where at 4:00 the Lorikeets came, and one could feed them out of your hand. We went to base camp and waited, there were only campers around and no birds. But as 4:00 approached the trees filled with squawking birds and a ranger came with food for us to feed them. Then holding food in an outstretched arm we were covered in Lorikeets:
They were adorable little creatures. We missed seeing the sea turtles as the heat was too much for us to explore the far beaches. I’d love to return again in the winter (June, July or August). I hurried out to get a few more pictures of Picnic Bay.