04.08.2012 - 16.08.2012
...Ok, its still worth sharing our first glimpse of the east coast.
As we rolled down the hill towards Wonga Beach, we welcomed the rising coastal temperature. And it was a warm reception from Jen's close family friends, Pat and Graham, who were traveling north for the season.
Quality time was spent strolling down the beach and lapping up the picturesque Mossman golf course in between rusty swings.
On towards the Daintree rainforest, an early rise to catch the ferry across to the NP.
We decided to ditch the van and camp for a few nights, still, never far from civilisation.
Up towards the top of Cape Tribulation we found a watering hole, keeping a watchful eye for crocs.
Cape York will have to wait for another trip but hearing so much about a unique and isolated camp, we decided to make the trek further north. Re-hitched we took on the 4wd track to Elim, found in the horseshoe bay just above Cooktown. It was everything we'd hoped for.
We hear this place attracts universities to study the still relatively unknown cause of the fresh water bubbling up through the sand.
Jen's keen eye spotted this tree snake scurrying up from the beach and into the nearest hiding spot.
Back towards Cairns, Palm Cove was a great base for a few days...
... But what's that stuff in the sky?!...
...Seemed like a perfect day to meet up with our traveling friends from our last blog entry, Emma and Ryan and their two lovely kids, from Mt Gambier. Crystal Cascades did in fact have plenty of running water because of the down-pour and the kids had the run of the park.
Very slowly, creeping down the coast, our next stop Kurrimine to spend time with Brad's uncle John and Bev.