Day 39 Port Douglas

Trip Start Jun 18, 2012
Trip End Aug 25, 2012

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

After all the early mornings we have had we decided to take it easy and give the kids the morning off. After breakfast I took the opportunity to explore why I didn't have indicator lights on the caravan. I purchased a multi meter while we were passing through Cairns so I thought I would put it to the test. It appears that I have no power going to the rear of the car when the indicators are on. Sounds like it maybe a fuse but you need to be Einstein to work out which fuse is for what. Luckily I have booked the car in for a service on Monday so I will let the experts deal with it. At least I was able to determine that it is the car and not the van and should be a simple fix, fingers crossed. In the afternoon we decided to check out Mossman Gorge. A 15 minute drive ups the highway and we were there. They have just opened up a new visitor centre and now no longer allow vehicle access to the top car park near the Gorge. You are now required to pay $15 for a family (2 adults & 3 children) and they drive you the last 1 km in an eco-friendly bus. I thought it must have run on air but not so. A diesel mini bus was the choice of vehicle. One we got to the top car park it was a quick walk to the Gorge. One again a very beautiful place. The river runs at quite a rapid rate but meanders down a slope and in between rocks and boulders. Shanae, Trent and I decided to jump in as we wanted to continue the tradition of swimming at every available Gorge we have been to. As with Fresh Mountain water it was icy cold but very invigorating. We floated down the river and hopped out at the next beach as it was getting too cold. After getting a bus back to the visitor centre we decided to head off to Wonga Beach as I have been wanting to check this place out for a couple of years. After reading a review on Wonga in a caravan magazine it looked like a really tranquil place. We drove up the road and found the Wonga Beach Caravan Park. The place is as I expected, nothing fancy but a lovely little caravan park right on the beach. This will be somewhere Melissa and I will stay next time we are up this way. That pretty much rounded off the day. Tomorrow we are booked in for our reef tour and looking forward to that.

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Deb on

Last time we were at Mossman Gorge they told us about not being able to drive to the top car park. They also said you would not be able to walk at ground level as they were building a walkway through the bush to get to the gorge. Is that the case? I remember Jonty and I swimming there; it was freezing; our backs were red raw and felt like they were on fire it was so cold. Pretty spot isnt it.

brad-melissa on

Hi Deb, you are right you do walk through on a boardwalk, Brad, Trent and Shanae all swam and they said it was cold. It was funny watching them swim down in the rapids and then not being able to move because they were stuck on a rock out in the middle. They worked it out in the end. It is a pretty spot.

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