Exploring outback Queensland in a car and a hot air balloon was a truly amazing experience. Every time I visit Australia I discover something new. It’s a country I know I’ll return to throughout my life.
In summer, this region of North Queensland swelters in temperatures of 40C-plus, but 250ft below the pearly limestone surface the mercury rarely rises above 23C. Away from the stifling heat, subterranean animals are more energetic than their relatives above ground.
Agile Australian swiftlets darted among the mineral-rich stalactites while twitchy huntsman spiders the size of side plates clung to the refrigerated surface of the cave, patiently awaiting a tasty passing invertebrate.
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September 13, 2017
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