Winding up the east coast
Trip Start Nov 24, 2008
98Trip End Oct 21, 2009
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We reached Townsville after a long day of driving and found a campsite near the city center. We were still recovering from a rough few days so just crashed out and slept for a few hours. That night we found a sports bar with big screens showing the first Lion's test. There was a good crowd there but we all left disappointed as the Lions got trashed.
Sunday morning we were up early and back on the road for our last big drive, 350km to Cairns
We didn't get up to a whole lot in Cairns even though its the major jumping off point for the Great Barrier Reef. We only had one full day in Cairns and we could have done a day trip out to the reef but we didn't bother in the end. It may seem like a major thing to miss out on but between the dull weather, budgetary constraints and the fact we had been snorkeling in the amazing Whitsundays recently we were content to give it a miss. Also a lot of people say its vastly overrated? So for our last full day we hung around the campsite and just chilled out in general.
On Tuesday we got up early and started the unpleasant task of cleaning out the van and trying to jam all our stuff back into our bags. The van wasn't due back to the depot till 3.30pm and our flight wasn't till 7pm so we went down to the Cairns Marina where we parked up and took a stroll around. We went into the small Cairns museum where we met an interesting local character who was doing tours of the museum. The second he saw me he brought us over to show us the 'Mustache' cups. Its basically a cup with a little guard around the rim so you don't get milk or whatever in your mustache, genius! Unfortunately they weren't available to purchase as they are in fact antiques. After some lunch we dropped the van back and got the all clear from the guy inspecting for damages and the likes. We were at a bit of a loss for something to do so we just went out to the airport about 5 hours early and waited for our flight to Perth.