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Mission Beach is a very small village that has 14km of unspoilt palm fringed coastline which overlooks over 20 tropical islands offshore, Dunk Island being the most poplular. The World Heritage Rainforest and National Parks of Mission Beach meet the sea to give it an amazing backdrop. It has a population of 2600 and the two days we were there we must have seen a total of 50 people, it was like a ghost town.
We checked into our Hostel (Absaloute Backpakers) which was a really nice hostel, very pleasant to say in. As we checked in the manager told us that the supermarket was closing early due to Christmas hours so we ran straight over to grab some ingredients to make a chilli. As we walked around the supermarket I began to feel poorly, dizzy and a bit sick, so we hurried around and as we left my stomach felt really bad, so I sat for a while then we raced back to the hostel in the rain. We unpacked the shopping, checked in then I made my appointment with the toilet. I have a further 3 appointments that evening but managed to eat my chilli.
Although it has been raining so much whilst we have been here it is still so humid, once the rain clears it does get a couple of degrees cooler, but it can be unbearable sometimes. The great thing about this hostel is it has a TV lounge with air con and great sofas so every time we would get too hot we would run in there sit and watch TV for a while. I think Justin wanted to take his bed in there. We headed to bed early as I wasn't on top form and decided to gat the free bus into North Mission Beach the following day. The sun was shining the following day and it was hot, hot, hot. The driver from our hostel drove myself, Justin and another Irish girl into North Mission Beach and said we could catch the public bus back. It was only a ten minute drive so worst case we could walk back. We said goodbye to the Irish girl then walked along the beach and there was nobody on it, it was empty. We couldn’t go in the sea because of the stingers (Box Jellyfish) and we were also told to watch out for crocodiles...great!
We walked to a lookout at Club Point along a little rainforest track and as we neared to the lookout we were getting hotter and hotter, it really was becoming unbearable. I wanted to turn back as our water was running a little low, so we did and once we got into the woodland it cooled a little. We got back onto the beach which was covered in tiny little holes so we were trying to work out what lived in there. Then all of a suddenly thousands of little crabs appeared from the holes and started running about on the sand, it was great to watch they were everywhere. We were told by the hostel guy that we could walk back to the hostel along the beach for speed and cross over a creek, so we needed to cross it before high tide. As we walked toward the creek we saw out little Irish friend and she was walking in the opposite direction. We stopped to chat and she said she tried to cross the creek but the water level was too high off all the rain and because a crocodile lives there she was a little scared to cross it. We all decided to turn back and head into the village to catch the public bus back, but when we asked tourist information the times she said the busses are not running today. Fantastic!
We called the hostel to pick us up but the bus was out, so we were stuck. It was way too hot to walk back so the three of us caught a taxi. I was chatting to a guy who owned a shop in the village, he was from Skipton he was telling me that there is no way we should have been crossing the creek because of the crocodile. Because of all the rain, the water levels were higher and the croc may move down the creek to the beach. I think it’ fair to say we all felt cheated by this guy who was working on the reception, so we told him.
That night Justin was typing his blog so I went to find some Wallabies. We had seen some in the distance when we first arrived but we were in a bit of a rush. I walked back to the supermarket and there was a field full of them bouncing everywhere, they are so cute to watch because as soon as they see you they jump up on their back legs and hold hands together while they check you out. I stood for ages just watching them, it was a real treat