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Amazing snorkelling in the Pioneer Valley, North Queensland, Australia

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Amazing snorkelling in the Pioneer Valley, North Queensland, Australia
Old 04-07-2014, 06:15 AM   #1
 
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Hey all, snorkelling is one of my passions, and I have been lucky enough to have lived in the pristine rainforest setting of the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Northern Australia. The valley is croc free, and has some of the most stunning rainforest in the world, including Eungella National Park. The area has a myriad of crystal clear waterways, ranging in size from a few metres across to full size rivers. A lot of them are in virgin rainforest and they are all home to countless species of fish and crayfish, from sooty grunter and eel tailed and salmon tailed catfish to dwarf rainbow fish and eels. The resident crustaceans are usually red claw crayfish, common yabbies and grass shrimp. There are also saw-shelled, long-necked and maquarie turtles. The snorkelling is amazing, and the icy creeks refreshing like nothing else when the temperature is 40 degrees Celsius and near 100% humidity. There are mazes of fish holding structure with 50cm+ sooty grunter holding in them, with a breeding pair of tandanus catfish cruising around the bottom, some rainbow fish swimming in huge schools around the surface with smaller sooty grunter and spangled perch cruising the open patches of sand near the bottom, and maybe a turtle or two walking around the bottom. Depending on what creek you go to, the water can range from bathtub warm to icy cold. And the fishing is spectacular! If you ever get a chance to snorkel North Queensland, especially the Pioneer Valley, I highly recommend it, it is just breathtaking! Cheers, Jim
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:23 AM   #2
 
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Jim that sounds amazing but you can't tease us like that and not include pictures ;)

Got any that you can share?
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:17 AM   #3
 
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Yes how unfair is that?? Pics man... Pics!!!

Can't wait to see some. So why are some areas Croc free? And how do you trust and go in? I'm sorry... just trying to understand. I thought the whole area on the north side had them.
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:34 AM   #4
 
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I gotta jump on the "I demand pics " train 😉

I love snorkeling too. Can't wait for more Caribbean snorkeling /shark chasing .


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Old 04-07-2014, 05:29 PM   #5
 
Sorry I dont have an underwater camera, but I do have photos of the area and the rivers, but they are on my mums computer. I'll try and convince her to let me upload them, cheers
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:32 PM   #6
 
I honestly dont know why some areas are croc free, but in the valley its because there is a weir between the higher parts of the Pioneer River and other creeks and the sea.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:41 PM   #7
 
So sorry, but im not allowed to upload any pics, mums orders, lol. Please dont hate me, okay? I feel bad now, sorry. You'll just have to use your minds eye, or go on google images and look at 'Finch Hatton Gorge' 'Pioneer Valley' and 'Eungella', that might give you an idea what I had to put up with, lol. Cya
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:12 PM   #8
 
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No problem... don't be upset about it. We'll just have to look it up. We're very happy to have you with us anyway!!
You'll find the members here from all over the world... I'm up just north of Toronto... we still have snow on the ground but thankfully it's finally melting!!
(I took a little peek on Google. You live near a very beautiful place!!)
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:54 PM   #9
 
Yeah, I dont live there any more :( now I live in southern australia and we're just coming into winter bbrrrrrrr
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Old 04-12-2014, 04:53 PM   #10
 
reading that has made me want to put some speedos on,snorkel,flippers,,,a full warm bathtub and add some fake tropical fish..thats as close as im getting to something like that here in cold rainy south wales..lol
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