Happy New Year!
Wow, it’s 2017. Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t too far off with his vision of 2017 in Running Man. Thank goodness there’s still room to escape from all the madness.
We spent the day busily procrastinating. We used the car very purposefully and drove up and down the roads multiple times for no good reason.
We did go for a swim in the crocodile and jellyfish infested waters, figuring that an attack by croc, box jelly, or Irukandji would be preferable to instant death by body odour.
It’s a great feeling when you wade into the ocean and the water temperature is exactly the same as the air you’re breathing. It’s like stepping into thick air, rather than a different medium.
The evening did bring the first clouds though and we got ready to get drenched over night.
Dare I Say It? Independence Day?
It’s New Year’s eve and the gods of weather are kind. Despite forecasts of “heavy falls”, the sun is smiling upon our tired faces. The night’s been noisy and sleep was possible only intermittently. A group of German backpackers figured that it would be perfectly acceptable to have a boombox on the beach and to drink and dance into the early morning. And there I was, thinking that after having survived the 80’s boombox boom, I could lean back and relax.
It did have one advantage though. I was up early to enjoy the morning beach by myself.
Cape Tribulation with View to “the Point”
We were lucky and the weather stayed stable throughout the day. Temperatures were well over 30 ºC with over 90% humidity. My sweat on the camera lens added a great Instagram photo affect to the scene.
Cape Trib with Sweat Effect
North of “the Point”
North of “the Point”
There Be Crocodiles
From Mission Beach, we went up to Innisfail, but then decided to leave the busy Bruce highway and make our way through the tablelands instead. We had two wonderful rest stops. The first at Mungalli Creek Dairy, where we only stopped for a coffee. The second one was at Lake Barrine, where we gorged ourselves on tea with scones, jam, and cream. It’s civilised gluttony.
Ahhhhh, live is good.
Mungalli Creek Dairy
Later we did a quick stop in Port Douglas, for yet another coffee. The local wedding chapel on the beach is really pretty and the view from the lookout isn’t too shabby either.
Port Douglas Wedding Chapel
Port Douglas from Above
For this year’s Christmas and New Year holiday, the trade winds blew me up North to discover Cape Tribulation and the Far North hinterland. Together with my friend Steve, I rented a Toyota Camry Hybrid and we made our way up north. First stop was Mission Beach. We stayed at the Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park for the night, which turned out to be quite remarkable in three ways:
- It was the first time I slept on my new Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Xlite. And I simply cannot believe how comfy it was. My previous mattress was an Exped Sim Lite UL 3.8 LW and, to be honest, there is no comparison.
- The camp ground was actually perfectly quiet.
- A cassowary came strolling in, just as we sat down for dinner.
The morning was really nice as well. Thankfully I was up early enough, so that I could enjoy a sunrise stroll down the beach.
Cassowary for Dinner
Sunrise Over Sea