Thursday 8th August, (Mission Beach).
I have once again been a little slack in not remembering to get this machine out on a daily basis and putting some words down while they are fresh in my mind. I guess one gets used to the relaxed surroundings and that makes it quite easy to forget.
Since moving on from Paluma National Park we have stayed 3 days at Cardwell at the Kookaburra caravan park and have now moved on to Mission Beach.
Cardwell was such a peaceful place and although the town is only a very small one we didn’t find it very difficult spending time there doing not much at all. There wasn’t much to see in the town itself but there was a forest drive around the back of the township, which was rather interesting. On offer were a couple of lookouts of the area looking out over the island off shore, but being an overcast day photos were not that spectacular. It is a pity that this is the dry season as also on offer was a waterfall, but the creek was dry and hence so was the waterfall. One was left with the thoughts of what it would have been like if water had been flowing and I reckon it would have been rather spectacular for a small waterfall. The forest, as such, was actually a pine plantation and this didn’t over enthuse us much because of all the pine plantations we are used to seeing in Tassie.
Mission Beach: Now there is another story. We had heard so much about how this was such a nice area, but peoples ideas do vary greatly I’m convinced, because although we only arrived here today a short ride in the area appeared to reveal to me that apart from the great beach and Dunk Island the area really does not have much else to offer. Maybe this is due to us being travellers rather than tourists, I at least have this opinion although many may not. A further look around over the next couple of days may prove that I am incorrect about what is to offer here, so I guess we will just have to wait and see. The place is obviously a great tourist attraction though as it is packed with caravans and holidaymakers in other accommodation as it is the time of year that suits most travellers. We were very lucky to find a space in the park we are in, and at one stage I thought we would have to move on straight away which would have probably led us strait to Cairns where we are yearning to be already.