On the Road again.
23rd Jun 2012 - Kev and Jan
Townsville to Undara
It's been 3 weeks of brilliant sunshine with hardly a cloud in the sky. We travelled miles through sugar cane fields and banana plantations stopping off at roadside stalls to buy fruit and veg.
We visited Paronella Park which had been highly recommended by lots of campers. We stayed on a site where a Spanish castle had been built in tropical gardens next to a stunning waterfall. We took the tours, day and evening, and were given the story about the dream a Spanish man had about building a castle. I was quite taken with it all especailly that his dream had been fullfilled but Kevin was not impressed. I suppoose when you have two castles in much better condition just minutes from home it's hard to be enthusiastic about some ruins.
We didn't like Townsville because it was too industrialised. Visited Reef H Q to learn more about the reef. The highlight of the visit was watching the sea horses as classical music was played.
We had to stop at Cardwell ( my maiden name) to see if I had any relatives living there. Unfortunately Earl Cardwell had never even visited the town. We had one of our best meals in oz at the campsite. Kev suggested skinny dipping in the sea but we were unable to go due to crocodiles being sighted along the shore.
Cairns was very windy and so we were not able to go back out to the Great Barrier Reef, as we didn't fancy the three hours being sea sick on the boat. We started preparing for our journey into the centre and bought some DVDs for when we didn't have tv reception and stocked up on wine and beer.
Travelled west to Undara National Park to see the Lava Tubes, which are tunnels created by lava from a volcano hundreds of thousands of years ago. More than I care to remember. Kevin dragged me out of my nice comfy bed to an early morning bush camp breakfast. Everyone else had been there since about 6 am and we were the last ones to get to breakfast as usual. The kookaburras had eaten all the sausages, it was cold and miserable and we got the leftovers. Kev just loved it.
Though we have not been impressed with all the recommended attractions we have seen over the last few weeks we have had a brilliant time. The camps have been wonderful and we have had sausage sizzles, singing by the campfires, fantastic walks through the bush and numerous happy hours spent with some great people. It s just unfortunate that we have moved on so often as we would loved to have spent more time with our new friends.
There is little phone and Internet reception in between towns so we may be out of touch for a few days at a time.
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