Trip Start Aug 30, 2008
24Trip End Aug 30, 2009
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The few days go by pretty quickly and we're really looking forward to gettng our campervan (not the case by the end of the 4 weeks). It's a toyota hi-top, it has a fridge and plenty of storage space for our packs. For the first time in 7 weeks we don't have to pack and unpack our bags every 5 minutes.
First thing we do when we pick up the van is head up north to a place called Ellis beach that the taxi driver recommended to us on the way to get the van. Its about a hour from Cairns. We found a really nice park to stay in that was right in the beach. We did three loads of washing when we got there well needed, people must have wondered about us taking up 5 washing lines with all our clothes. We decided to do some more sunbathing on the beach. We were only out for 90 mins but got pretty burned. Mhairi's stomach and my forehead which started to blister. At night we wrapped our Christmas presents for eveybody at home in OCTOBER!! We left Ellis beach on the monday and had a good 6 hour drive to a place called Cardwell.
The next few days we got through quite a bit of driving the next place we stopped was Airlie Beach. The campsite was pretty crap and the three pools were a rank weedy green colour. Next day we drove to Mackay. It had a lagoon similar to the one in Cairns but a bit smaller so we had a dip there first thing then headed off again. On Friday we got to Rockhampton where we stayed in a quiet campsite (well apart from the karaoke over the fence and there was certainly not a lack of singers that night). After a broken sleep we head about 4 hours to Maryborough where it is very quiet compared to the previous night
Wake up next morning not feeling to great as it's been a while since we've had a good drink. On Monday morning we leave for Australia zoo! Arrive about 10.30 and spend all day here. We see Kangaroo's, Koala's, echidna's, Wombats (mhairi's favourite), Komodo dragons and lots of snakes, feed an elephant. Steve Irwin would have been proud. Heading for Brisbane tomorrow.
We just pass by Brisbane and drive to Helensvale where we stay for 4 nights. In that time we go to White Water World, Movieworld and Dreamworld, we're just a couple of thrill seeking kids at heart. While in Helensvale we also go to Harbour city, its a big outdoor group of outlet stores cause believe it or not it's starting to get quite cold at night