July 5 – Garig Gunak Barlu National Park – tour day 3

Breakfast was banana pancakes with maple syrup and cinnamon and fresh fruit.  We took a boat over to the ruins of Victoria Settlement, one of two failed British settlements on the Cobourg Peninsula in the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park.  In 1838 British soldiers and their families spent 11 years attempting to establish a settlement, but isolation and disease eventually drove the remaining inhabitants out.  After the Settlement we drove further into Garig Gunak Barlu to see upland swamps that support a variety of endemic plant and animal species.  Huge numbers of water, shore and sea birds inhabit the area.  This national park is jointly managed by Indigenous Traditional Owners and Australia’s Parks.



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