Where Rainforest meets Reef
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Where I stayed
Endeaver Falls campsite
Being promised a four wheel drive camping trip by Col and Sonja we soon found out why it’s called a 4WD camping trip. There were creek crossings that were beyond belief and Col expertly managed us across avoiding all boulders with the water washing over our wheels. In a brand new car we felt a bit guilty but as Col says this is why you buy a car like this. We did extreme uphill and downhill sections where at times you felt you were only being held by your seatbelt. Whilst being surrounded by such stunning countryside and rainforest it was a heavenly drive. Col said on his first night “I’ll show you the best of Aus and make you want to live here...” to have this on your doorstep sure is a persuading factor.
Cape Tribulation was great but we soon reached the black mountains and the change of scenery was a real contrast from the rainforest
After the rest of drive we arrived at the campsite Col and Sonia had suggested, at $12 a night it was a bit above our budget but it was great and as we had enjoyed such a great drive we couldn’t complain. We erected our tent (not quite ours but Sonia and Cols spare one) and spent maybe 30 minutes helping Sonya and Col erect possibly the most complex tent man has ever invented. Anyway we then started to erect our first ever ’tarp’. Well what a contraption in next to no time we had a water proof and draining area where we could eat and drink.... why don’t we have tarps in the UK with all our rain when they have them in the Sunshine state of Australia?
We ate and drank while Sonia did her introducing to the neighbours (everybody needs good neighbours) bit and we were soon barbequing our steaks and cooking our pasta in another couples caravan called Graham and Nelly. We were soon well in tune with what originally we thought were nudists! They turned out to be one of the nicest old Aussie couples you could ever hope to meet, (although he sounded very much like the Aussie cricket commentator who’s name escapes me now). Interestingly they were consultants in the Agriculture business who seemed to be able to work from a distance whilst travelling not only around Australia but also around the world. Well if you can’t beat them join them (but in an unpaid role).
We soon hit the sack and were knackered although we woke realising Sonja had planted half the evening leftovers around our tent to make sure we had visitors in the night (Erica edit: slight over exaggeration Andrew it was a banana)!!!!