This afternoon I did a Sunday drive after work. Sunday drive on a Thursday, that works doesn't it. Anyway I went for a drive to see what I could see.
I headed up towards Copperlode Dam. There is a great lookout over the city along that road.
As you can see the city is a little soggy looking at the moment. We are spending more times with clouds than with sun and a lot of time with water coming from those clouds. It must be wet season. They are predicting up to 800mm of rain falling from Friday to Tuesday around the Far North so I guess it is going to get soggier. I like the rain and as a bonus it means the weather is cooler. My students aren't that impressed though.
Also near this lookout is a nice and handy waterfall that only runs after a big rain. Last weekend covered the big rain aspect and the continuing rain since has kept it flowing down the mountain.
I mucked around a bit taking photos, different angles, different settings.
After I had decided I'd risked my standing on the edge and middle of a pretty skinny road enough I decided to go check out the dam.
It was a pretty slow trip. That road is a hairy one.
Copperlode Dam holds the Cairns water supply. I've heard people talk about how they think that they'd build another one to give a bigger water supply so wasn't sure of its size. Pretty big it seems although Cairns is a growing city.
I want to head back up that skinny, windy, sharp cornered, rainforest shrouded road again some other day to really check out the dam. When it isn't pouring down and nearly 6pm when they close the gates. It was more that it was nearly 6pm, I am all for walks in the rain.
Back down the mountain and it wasn't anywhere near as wet, just drizzly.
A few more waterfall snaps as it seemed to have grown in strength and it really was time to head the rest of the way down the mountain and back home.
It really is super close to my house so I'll have to head back more often I think. I've got some exploring to do. I'm so glad I've visited another new place, even if it has taken a while.
I have seen this waterfall before, after Cyclone Ita last year so I knew it would be running.
Now I'm off to bed to let the rain lull me to sleep.