Kuranda Dreaming

To see my friend Jimmy …
the King Creole of Kuranda.
Lead singer of the Howlin’ Dingoes,
and didge player extraordinaire.

A year in changing fashions …

yet Jimmy remains the same ๐Ÿ˜Ž

For which the wildlife is grateful.

Spartacus, the Water Dragon.

He loves a cuddle ๐Ÿ’š

Mrs. Spartacus is more laid back.

Kids of the local Tjapukai mob

… doing their traditional thing.

The Barron River.

Barron Falls … in the dry season.

Ngunbay, now known as Kuranda
… means Place of the Platypus.

No way to Dreamtime!

Linda & David B. Redpath ยฉ 2019

104 thoughts on “Kuranda Dreaming”

    1. Thank you, Basilike ๐Ÿ™
      Spartacus is a sweetheart,
      but his wife is a bit prickly ๐Ÿ˜Ž
      Jimmy is a very genuine bloke,
      who rescues dingoes, and gives
      back to the local indigenous folk,
      who supply him with the finest
      hand crafted didgeridoos.

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  1. Uh. Maze. Ing
    Love these photos. Some of my faves from you. The group of kids is brilliant! And the love birdies… gorgeous. They are all gorgeous, lovely sight for my big brown eyes this morning.

    And Howlin Dingoes…what a top name for a band!!


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    1. We regularly hop through the
      tropical rainforest up to Kuranda.
      It is such a beautiful and interesting
      place, that my post barely
      scratches the surface.
      And Jimmy is Kuranda royalty.
      Originally from Belgium, and
      proudly Creole. Which helps
      explains his rich deep gravelly
      blues vocals. That, and a lifetime
      of good times ๐Ÿ˜Ž
      Glad you enjoyed the tour ๐Ÿ’›

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    1. Spartacus is a smooth character,
      Bojana. Yet simultaneously, very
      prickly. He followed me around
      insisting on a cuddle ๐ŸฆŽ
      The Barron falls are full on during
      the wet season. That pic was taken
      during the dry, when just a trickle,
      in comparison.
      The local kids should’ve been at
      school, but what the heck ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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      1. It is a major issue for the indigenous
        people of Australia, Bojana.
        Whether to keep their children with
        the “mob” learning traditional ways,
        language, and a culture that is is
        closely tied to the land, or send
        them off for westernised schooling.
        As many Aboriginal people live in
        outback regions, and on isolated
        “out stations”, the decision is either
        to be rich in culture, or literate and
        employable in mainstream english
        speaking society … and economy.

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      2. It is no future shock that the world
        is being homogenised and globalised,
        as the planet is cannibalised. The
        first casualty is cultural diversity.
        All in the name of lifting the poor
        up out of squalor, whilst enslaving
        them in some garment factory.
        As big business considers not
        having a colour TV to be poverty.

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      3. When in India I did notice that
        proficiency in English was like
        a golden ticket to employment.
        The “economic miracle” that is
        underway there is not trickling
        down to the vast majority. The
        caste system sees to that.
        Much like tax cuts to the rich, and
        their corporations, in the west.

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      1. Just not in the wet season.
        Too humid, too wet, and too
        many Jellyfish in the ocean.
        Not to mention the Crocodiles ๐ŸŠ
        But apart from all that, the perfect
        holiday destination
        … only in the dry season ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  2. Oh! This was just the absolute coolest!!! Jimmy’s playing and didgers blew my mind! And those kids were fantastic. WOW! Cheers for the Spartacuses too! Thank You, David!!! Rock on and Cheers!!! ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. As ever with your work I love your use of light and colour which capture the energy and nature of people and places! I love too that you often make music references in various ways. Mostly though I love Mr. Spartacus soaking up the rays.

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    1. Kuranda is awash with Zen, Antonia.
      Especially during the wet season ๐Ÿ’ฆ
      when all the tourists go missing ๐Ÿ˜Ž
      Most of the shopkeepers close up
      around 3 o’clock, so they can chill
      and be still in the mindful serenity.
      Spartacus does have a warm heart,
      despite being cold blooded ๐ŸฆŽ
      I wanted to take him home, but
      Mrs. Spartacus wouldn’t allow it.
      Thanks Antonia. I greatly appreciate
      your positive comment.


    1. Much appreciated, Kurt ๐Ÿ™
      Kuranda is nestled in the hills of the
      tropical rainforest coast. A short
      drive from the Coral Sea and the
      Great Barrier Reef. A wonderfully
      inspiring place for the Dreaming.
      Thanks for visiting ๐Ÿ˜Ž


  4. Hi David. That’s some cool pictures. Jimmy looks like my type of friend…love the artwork and the relaxed cool look of you..I love Che and I too have his t-shirt. A symbol of us, back then, dispariging youth with dreams of change…which I hope hasn’t changed much, bar the dispariging bit. Take care and enjoy traveling with the other half of you

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    1. Jimmy is a real cool Howlin’ Dingo,
      Luiza ๐Ÿถ
      I do like to wear Le Che, as a little
      reminder to greedy capitalist what
      can happen when they push people
      too far. Like now ๐Ÿ˜Ž
      I’m back home now. Linda insisted
      on it after two months on the road?
      So l’ve a bit more time for catching
      up with the WordPress.


      1. And they tend to give themselves
        away with that rattle. Whereas crocs
        are very sneaky. We do have bushfires,
        just like you. But the houses are a
        lot cheaper ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ


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