Where's the goodbye song, Rolf Harris?
Trip Start Aug 07, 2011
110Trip End Jul 14, 2012
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On Saturday 12th November we left Caravella's and headed to the bus terminal near the port in Cairns to catch our first Greyhound bus. There was no 'goodbye song' like in Fiji - although I reckon if they did a goodbye song in Oz it would involve Rolf Harris style singing and a didgeridoo.
The bus wasn't for a couple of hours which gave us time to drop the hire car off and sit down with a coffee on the harbour to check emails and sort more traveling stuff out.
The bus itself was comfortable enough, nothing special, but for 270 quid to get from the north of Oz to the very south with unlimited stop-offs in between it's an absolute bargain!
We arrived at Mission Beach a couple of hours later at around 3.15pm and after checking in and sorting our bags out we looked to see if we could sort out some activities. We were both keen to sort out sailing on the Whitsundays - I'd heard this was amazing and was keen to get a proper sailing yacht. We also wanted to sort out our trip to Fraser Island which many people rave about too. In the end we didn't get our preffered yacht around the Whitsundays, it's the busy season at the moment because everyone's doing the same as us i.e. trying to get down to Sydney for New Year so everything's getting booked up quickly on the way down. Anyway, we've still managed to book ourselves on a lovely yacht and we'll blog you later about that.
Afterwards we just made dinner and chilled out with a book. I had a mammoth session that night, à la Fran, as I'd been stuck on the final Stieg Larsson book for some time and needed to finish it. Fran was very proud seeing as it's normally her staying up late with her Twilight books!
On Sunday, we chilled out for most of the day. We did venture out to walk along the cyclone battered beach which unfortunately is still felling the aftermath of cyclone Yasi in February. All along the coast trees have been uprooted, some partially so which makes them jut out at funny angles. There are signs up saying that they're still working to fix everything. I'm sure they'll get there.
Again there's no swimming in the sea here because it's stinger season. It's such a shame you can't enjoy the sea for 7 months of the year here without the fear of stingers.
Afterwards we were pretty warm and just jumped in the pool at the hostel to cool down.....nice.
The rest of the day was either spent swimming or sunbathing, interspersed with a fruity Calipo to cool us down.
Tonight's our last night at Scotty's and Mission Beach. We've really enjoyed the vibe at Scotty's - upbeat enough to have fun but chilled out so it's not a 'party hostel'.
Tomorrow we're catching the bus to Townsville - probably the most lazy name for a town we have ever come across!