Things were pretty cold and damp (heavy dew) when we left Lake TInaroo, which meant that the camper had quite a wet pack up. With a lovely drive out looking at more of the lake and the spillway, we headed towards Port Douglas. On the way, we passed through Mareeba, which apparently produces around 70% of Australia’s coffee. We stopped in at Coffee Works to sample the local ‘brew’.
Coffee Works has a bunch of interesting stuff to look through, including a museum, as well as ability to sample ALL the coffee and chocolate you can cope with (for $20 per person). Given we had the girls, and not the 2-3 hours suggested to spend going through it all, we just went to the cafe and had a coffee, whilst the girls had milkshakes. The coffee was delicious, and we made sure we bought a couple of bags of blended coffee on our way out.
Reaching Port Douglas, things were... well... busy. We hunted around for a caravan park, and went into the first one, the Tropical Breeze...... amazing!!. Unless you were happy to sleep on a postage stamp, and not mind the bad breath of your neighbour, you would be very happy there. The sites were TINY!!! We had done a lap of the park to suss it out (1.4 seconds it took), and as an added incentive to stay there, the door b#%*h came up to us with a ‘can I help you’, and ‘you MUST check in at the office beforehand next time...”. FRIENDLY!!!!
From there, we went to the next best thing, which on the surface was lovely, but we quickly discovered was the GRUMPY GRUNT park. No-one said hello, and we had the horrid hermit couple beside us, hidden behind their ‘shade cloth’ cave wall, and could not muster even an acknowledgement whilst moving around. Your on holidays guys, RELAX a little... sheesh!!!.
Anyhow, we managed to keep busy for 3 days, swimming, shopping, at the beach, and generally hanging out. It was a nice enough place, but we are definitely in no hurry, whatsoever, to return, unless we won Tatts and could visit one of the 105,405,202 resorts in the area.
It was a quick drive down to Cairns, but a spectacular one. The Captain Cook Hwy runs along the coastline, and affords some spectacular views of the oceans and headlands. Very twisty, (which Savannah started to feel a bit queasy from, but lovely non the less
Cairns saw us pretty much spend 3 days getting ready to go up the Cape York. We hooked up with a number of the participants from the MySwag group staying in the same park, and started to make some lovely friends. Glenn’s packing skills were WELL and truely tested as we had to pack for 3-4 weeks of travelling, as well as having a stint (1.5 weeks ??) of travelling without the camper. Needless to say, Slim (our cruiser) is packed to within an inch of it’s life, but amazingly, we have all that we need (we think.... at least a couple of slabs of beer is in there)
We are looking forward to heading off with the 26 other vehicles tomorrow, and starting to get into it all. First night is spent just below Cooktown, which should be lovely!!!.