Get those legs A Movin'!!

Trip Start Jan 20, 2005
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Trip End Sep 10, 2005


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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

The night before I left Airlie beach , my friend Hila mentioned a track on an island called the Hitchbrook National Park. After reading up on it , I decided the following morning that I would rather do some more hiking than go to more parties. I booked the camping permits and two farries and the bus , left a note for Hila and went off to a town called Cardwell. I'm glad she came but I would probably do it alone if I had to :-)
Cardwell has nothing but a place to sleep and a swimming pool which I took advantage of. After one day of hanging out , I was off with Hila to the Island. The Island is about fifty kilometers long and the track was thirty two and includes both beach and forest walks.
The first day , we hung out at the beach and arrived at Nina Bay to set up camp. The beach was ours alone and we had a good dinner and played cards until we got tired. The next day was very long and we got to Zoe Bay towards five right before sunset. My back was aching because I have never taken a tent on a track before and we bought canned food which is a big No-No. The next day though was amazing! We arrived in Zoe Falls. These water falls had a huge water hole with fresh water and a tarzan rope. We spent about two hours just hanging out there , swinging on the rope and lying in the sun. Then once we started going , we arrived at the top of the waterfall , only to find heaps of small pools with a view of Zoe Bay from the top! We had to stay there for a short while before continuing which was a good decision.
That night we camped near Mulligan Falls with the rats! That's right! Rats... We made our dinner and sat down to eat when they started coming , and to make matters worse , it began to rain! Jeez... We ate in the tent and then put the food in the rat boxes provided. That night we went right to sleep and slept for twelve hours - from seven to seven. Then a short walk and a ferry and a bus ride over to Cairns.
I am so glad that this opportunity arose and I advise anybody that is heading up the coast to discover this beautiful Island. It's a nice change of pace and can easily be done more relaxed in five or more days. This is what I missed all this time , heading out with a pack , cooker and food into the forests and beaches. We even met a group of older guys that were like from a movie with their harmonicas and funny wilderness attitude. This ranks up with the highlights for sure.
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