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... br> batteries pronounced OK, drove west through the Atherton Tablelands and on to
the Undarra lava tubes, massive cavernous tube-like structures that are an
unusual result of lava flow. Spectacular!
Then batteries went again, so back east hundreds of kilometres almost to
Cairns to get them replaced. Stayed a
couple of nights to make sure the problem was solved, before we finally we
head west for good. Fingers crossed.
Chris and Amy picked us up from Cairns airport in 'Big Mick' the 6-berth campervan, our new home for the next 17 days or so! We first drove north to Port Douglas which is renowned for its close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. We also discovered that the shoreline waters are off limits with shark infested waters, "stingers" (or jellyfish, some of which are deadly, such as the Box Jelly Fish) and lots of Crocodiles! So on day one the four of us went on ...
Wed 2nd Time to hop on Greyhound for the last time and head to Cairns. It's a few hours up the road and quite a big city. City centre is compact but a large urban sprawl and suburbs. Staying at The Jack Hostel, which is really quite central. A lively spot with live music most nights. The infamous Gilligan's is around the corner. For it's nightlife that is, not a certain drug lord! Pop down to the travel agent too see what's to do. Before I know, my days are booked ...
... in the 1980s to prevent the construction of an access road here. Their efforts resulted in the area being granted a protected status.We experience Daintree Rainforest from several perspectives while we're here. First, we take a guided walk through a dazzling rain forest inhabited by snakes, cassowaries, goanna lizards, and some of the most unusual vegetation on the planet. Then we board a boat for an hour-long nature cruise ...
... and different from the Gold Coast. There are only 8 people going to Darwin from our current tour - me, Claire, Toni, Michelle, Nicole, Ron, Chris and Lucas. After the meeting Claire, Michelle and I met up with Mya, Mimi and Sukhi to walk to the night market for shopping and dinner. Was a nice relaxing evening together before we go our seperate ways ...
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