Cairns to Glengarry (Port Douglas)

Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
Trip End Jul 23, 2013

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

We were in two minds whether to stay at the campsite for another couple of nights as we wanted to go out to the Reef again, but according to the local forecast the weather over the next few days would bring large swells which meant visibility at the Reef would not be great, so we decided to move further North and return to Cairns a few days before we were due to fly out.

We set Tom the Navig[8]or to take us to Ellis Beach, a small resort just South of Cape Douglas. We hadn't been driving for very long when I pointed to a sign for the Crystal Cascade, just 9 km inland. We hadn't got much else planned so we suddenly swung a left, totally confusing Tom the Navig[8]or. He kept telling us to turn round, but we just ignored him. Tub's just cruised on up that tarmac, he was in his element.

The Crystal Cascade waterfalls were located in a section of the upper Freshwater Creek, in the Redlynch Valley. After parking Tub's, we walked a couple of kms along a freshwater creek, all the time climbing deeper into another rainforest. I wish I had the words to describe the freshness of the air around us, it was exhilarating.
As it is slightly off of the tourist path, the Crystal Cascades were slightly less developed than other waterfalls we had been to. The path to the top was sometimes slippery from water dripping off of the overhanging forest trees or from smaller water falls running off of the muddy banks.
The largest waterhole sat alongside a sheer cliff which locals and tourists could, at one time, climb to, to jump into the adjoining deep waterhole. This area was called 'No Fear' and was reserved for adrenalin junkies however, it was now fenced off as many people had injured themselves or even died. Shame, as both of us had bought our towels and were looking forward to a rush of adrenalin......

We drove back on to the Captain Cook Highway, only stopping briefly at Woolworths where I popped in to get some Museli. I also popped into Brumbys and bought a couple of Tea Cakes, but didnt tell Terry, as he would have wanted to eat them as soon as I returned to the Tub's, and that would have been the end of them.

At around midday we drove into a nice little seaside town called Yorkey's Knob (suppress a giggle), where we stopped for a coffee and the tea cakes. The suburb got its name from George Lawson, a Yorkshire-born, Cairns-based fisherman who soon earned the nickname Yorky Lawson. Lawson built a homestead near what is now Yorkeys Knob. During the off-fishing season he and his sons farmed pumpkins, sweet potatoes and paddy melons, but not successfully; whatever the bandicots and pigs didn't eat, the crocodiles did.
Locals are attached to the name, despite the reaction it sometimes gets, and recently successfully prevented a developer from advertising a development as being at "Yorkeys Beach".

We spent a good hour or so at Yorkey's Knob. Although the beach was postcard perfect, a notice on the beach warned of marine stingers AND crocodiles in the sea. Crikey, it was getting more dangerous the further North we went.

I need to keep reminding myself of an incident a few weeks ago in Australia, where Terry almost held a young lady in a supermarket to ransom as she didn't know what a 'Pokie' was. A couple of days previous, Terry had enjoyed an Australian delicacy; a roll of pastry stuffed with sausage meat, mustard and cheese, a bit like a fancy sausage roll. He could not get over the fact that she had not heard of it and kept saying ' you MUST know, it's a type of sausage roll'. She eventually shook him off by saying that she didn't think they had any in stock.

We discovered further into our journey that he was in fact, asking for a fruit machine - that's what Pokies are in Australia. The sausage thing he had eaten was a 'Smokie'. Every time I saw a sign for 'Pokies' after finding that out I fell about laughing. I'm even laughing now.

We pulled into an Opal Mine Shop where we were overawed by the ongoing efforts in central Australia to find these very rare gemstones. Their rarity makes them one of the most sort after and expensive gemstones on the planet.

Before reaching Ellis Beach, which incidentally we drove straight through (LOL), we stopped at
Palm Cove Beach, a well developed little resort offering a silky sandy beach and warm tropical water. There were people swimming in the sea, the first I have seen swimming outside of a stinger net, since arriving in Queensland. I guess the stingers, sharks and crocodiles prefer the more secluded area's - this place was buzzing.

We drove on to a campsite we came across just South of Port Douglas. We both felt extremely tired and hot, humidity, according to the campsite information board, was 77 percent, I don't know what I expected of the tropics. And as if we needed to be reminded that we were in the tropics, when Terry opened the socket box to plug in the power for Tub's, he disturbed a bright green frog who was asleep in there - ahhhh!
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Lesley Love on

If only I had been with you I could have kept you right about the pokies having played them in Melbourne at the casino.

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