Mount Stuart, Townsville

In early morning, Vilis and I drove south and west from Rosslea toward Mount Stuart, the long, rugged peak rearing into the sky behind James Cook University. A black kite flew alongside us for part of...

Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park, Townsville

A black kite winged over the river park as I ran and walked in early morning, its feathered strokes slow and powerful, its dark tail forked. In a shallow pool of rainwater nudging the path, a slender,...

Paluma Rainforest, North Queensland

By 9:15 a.m., Vilis and I were on our way to the highland village of Paluma and its rainforest 65 kilometres north of Townsville and 22 kilometres inland. Highway A1, the Bruce Highway, carried us nor...