Mimi freshly sold, we are back to the old mode of transport known as walking, I believe. Having booked a cheap (well it still wasn’t that cheap, all considering.. read on) hotel, well motel, we went straight to check in. It was far from anything fancy, but we didn’t need it to be – just a place to lay our nightcaps and move on in the morn’.
Well, come 2AM when we are both asleep, we were awoken to some noise around our door. The door had been opened from the outside by someone and the only thing stopping said person/people entering was a key chain slider that luckily stayed in. Approaching the door and confronting them, they had fast ran off. Let’s just say we didn’t get the best nights sleep after that.. dodgy door for sure and as soon as we awoke we approached management, who took it seriously but seemed far from shocked.
Anyway, into our hire car, that we soon adopted because the walking malarky was getting tiresome, we head north. Destination Cape Tribulation. A fair 3h30 drive, again to perhaps not the nicest of places to say.. a cabin with a bed and no more (a bed that we had to strip ourselves upon checkout). We paid a juicy $120 or so a night for this luxurious resort. Basically, this time of the year anything Cairns or further North gets very, very busy – and the prices head vastly up; whatever is available, sells.
Cape Trib was pretty, very relaxing with long beautiful beaches with rainforest running alongside it. Some very nice walks to be had, but not much to do in terms of fun. Also, no WiFi; weird sensation and far from ideal when you have hotels and flights to sort!
Upon lobbing our bed linen in a bed at reception prior to checkout (a day early, the place wasn’t nice and the kitchen was not in a clean state).. we head South back to Cairns! Stopping twice, not including picture breaks, once at Mossman Gorge and once in Port Douglas.
Both very different but both very nice in their own ways. Port Douglas a beautiful location, with a lovely cute shopping strip, very busy – probably as it was 28 degrees today, during winter! Mossman Gorge was also very busy, 10 bucks each to get a return bus to and from the ‘start’ of the walks.. some beautiful views of the gorge were to be had, and a walk across a suspension bridge with 25 other people on it at the same time, an experience to say the least! Well worth a visit, but as with a lot on the East Coast, it can get busy. Not a huge deal to do for parts of the voyage, but some hidden gems along the way. 3 weeks in total on the road, we now sit in a Hilton Suite to bath, relax and recharge the withered batteries of ours.. well earnt, we say. Oh, and for dinner, upon agreement of doing so a while back, we treated ourselves to a market fresh seafood platter for two! Just on the Cairns Esplanade, the picture will show you just how good it was – tasting just as good as it looks. Swings and roundabouts for sure, or roundabouts then swings should I say!?
Let our pictures do the talking, for now! Tomorrow we head back to Brisbane, the quick and much preferred Aussie method of an aeroplane. Katie & Sam. x