Brisbane to Cairns
Trip Start Dec 02, 2007
55Trip End Sep 01, 2008
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After the a lengthy drive and an overnight stopover in a nondescript motel, we arrived at the first of our retreats from the tourist trail
Having had a small taste of rainforest we had a further few hundred kilometres to drive to Misssion Beach and our next dose of getting back to nature. The long drive meant a stopover in Townsville, which was one of the strangest places we have visited to date and about as exciting as a town called Geraldton, on the West Coast of Australia, which we used as a stopover during our holiday last year- we recommend you avoid both
Stating that our next stop meant getting 'back to nature' may be slightly misleading, as although we were staying in the heart of the rainforest, our accommodation at Mission Beach, was called the Sanctuary for a good reason. The resort is so isolated that cars have to be left a ten minute 4WD trip away from the cabins, to ensure total tranquillity. The ethos of the whole place was fairly hippy, emphasised by the somewhat intimidating yoga guru who runs the resort and the whole food restaurant where we had a meal in honour of my parents' 30th wedding anniversary- a far cry from where we celebrated last year in Mayfair! We had a very relaxing few days, walking in the rainforest and planning the Northern Territory leg of our journey. Our R&R was hindered only by having to chase geckos out of our room every evening, and the very noisy rainforest at night. Why people buy those CDs of rainforest noise to help them sleep, I will never know...
Our final stop in Queensland was Cairns and my first opportunity to visit the Great Barrier Reef. We took a day long tour out to the reef using a company which transports visitors by boat out to a large platform, from where you can dive, snorkel or take a look at the marine life from an underwater observatory or semi-submersible boat trip. I took a short dive (unfortunately for the first time since we left London Piet had a cold so was not allowed to dive), and we both really enjoyed snorkelling around the reef and seeing some truly amazing wildlife. Unfortunately most of our photos are winging their way back to England on a disposable underwater camera, however you can get a little taste of the reef in the photos we took from the subaqua boat.