Topping the reef was never going to be easy…
It’s always difficult the day after doing something amazing, because nothing ever seems quite as special. We went for quantity not quality though, and managed to fit about a weeks worth into just two days!
Day 202 – Sunday 11th December 2016
With the intention of getting loads done today we woke up and had breakfast early, then packed the car and made a move. Our first stop of the day was Barron Falls in Kuranda, where the scenary was amazing but disappoiningly there wasn’t much water flowing:
From the falls we carried on into Kuranda, which is one of the most artsy places I’ve ever been to. Every street seemed to have something going on, and with a market around every corner it was difficult not to be captivated by the craftsmanship on display. It seemed as though nothing was left untouched, even walls on the side of buildings:
After wandering for a while we jumped back in the car and made or way to Malinda Falls, which took just over an hour. All four of us were shattered so took a dip in the water to wake ourselves up, which definitely worked, especially under the waterfall itself:
Our last stop of the day was the Babinda Boulders, a natural pool where it’s extremely dangerous to swim, has taken many lives, and is cursed according to aboriginal legend. On the way there we passed one of Australia’s oldest curtain fig trees:
We spent the night at Jackaroo, a giant tree house style hostel, but had to sleep in the staff room be sure there wasn’t space for us anywhere else. We still got to sleep relatively early though – it was hard to stay awake after the day we’d had, and with the same on the cards for tomorrow some well earned rest was definitely needed.
Day 203 – Monday 12th December 2016
Our hostel had free breakfast this morning from 07:00 so we had a very early start, which put us in a great place to cover some serious mileage. Although our day started with a downpour of rain, things started to clear and look quite positive by around midday:
Between Jake and I we drove as far as Townsville where we stopped for lunch and ordered from the children’s menu to keep the cost down. Things sort of went downhill from there though – not only did the weather take a turn for the worst, but we couldn’t even go for a swim because it’s the middle of stinger season:
Abbie and Meg took over with the driving in the afternoon and got us as far as Aires Beach where we managed to bag another couple of bargains to keep our spirits up. First we got a right good deal on accommodation and paid $95 instead of $135 for a four person cabin, then we intervened before an overcooked pizza was thrown in the bin and took it for dinner (at no cost). I think overall we saved around $50 on food and accommodation in just one night. Not bad eh?