Shes got new shoes!! (thank goodness)

Trip Start Apr 20, 2009
Trip End Sep 06, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, August 6, 2009

Today was an important day! the Kombi got 4 new shoes (and a wheel alignment) and she looks fantastic.  She also got a new number plate for the bikes (made of cardboard, not as good as our first one, but will do the trick till we get home).

After getting the tyes we headed off to Palm Cove. Nice, nothing special, have heard a lot of people raving about it but maybe we got it on a bad day (its cloudy and wet here at the moment).  There are a lot of resorts there which are nice and a caravan park on the beach but its only about 20 mins from Cairns (not much of a journey for us) and the beach has stinger and crocodile signs all around it so I dont think we would stop there for a swim.

We headed onto Port Douglas and drove one of the best coastal drives we have been on - its up there with the Great Ocean Road and pretty much the same thing - a winding road on the edge of a mountain right next to the ocean.  The water was pretty brown (the weather and winds are pretty bad) but you could see lovely blue more towards the Great Barrier Reef.

We were going to stop at Port Douglas since we had a pretty late start.  The caravan parks were packed and for the very first time we were turned away from all available caravan parks! We considered staying in the street but Port Douglas itself was not that great either.  Its clean and pretty but pretty much the same as Noosa (with no surrounding suburbs that have no pretentious residents for you to stay).  It has massive hotels and a lot of them, and the main street has lovely shops, but looks exactly the same as Noosa (minus the surf).  Once again the water looked awful but it would probably be nice in good weather.

So we decided to continue to on to Atherton.  Interesting decision.  The GPS told us the quickest road wasnt the way we had come but to head North a little more and cut through to Atherton.  The biggest and windiest hill we have conquered yet.  Leaves the hill in Canberra for dead.  The Kombi did not enjoy the journey (and neither did John - there were a couple of expletives coming from his lovely mouth) she started to heat up (and so did John), but she conquered with ease and enjoyed the big run down hill! I think she was happy with the new shoes! It was a much quicker journey km wise and we ended up in Atherton this afternoon.  It is raining (but I dont think it ever stops up in these hills) and we have got a few things on the agenda tomorrow to get the Atherton Tablelands conquered.

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