17.08.2012 - 23.08.2012
Our flat battery generated plenty of interest from Palm Cove onlookers, the satisfaction of helping a toyota (trust us, it's a big thing!) was at least given to a fellow Prado owner. We were on our way to Kurrimine in no time.
Brads uncle John & Bev were on hand to meet us there - the council caravan park which they call home three months of the year can be best described as a fishing village. After setting up it wasn't long before the usual 4 o'clock happy hour. This was our only commitment during our time here and was a chance to meet with the rest of the fishing gang and talk tales... Not a bad outlook over the shoreline.
Conditions were perfect the next morning to take out the fishing boat. The Trevally that we'd normally keep for eating was caught and used by John as live bait! We landed what we were going for, a few mackerel, apparently small fry to usual standards - you be the judge...
... Plenty to feed us and a few hungry locals that had flown in.
Surrounded by islands and a few breaching whales & turtles we headed back to camp via Stephens Island, a beautiful place you can camp overnight. One for next time.
We took a day trip to the popular Mission beach to check out the Sunday market and soak up the atmosphere. Plenty happening on and above the water!
Thanks for looking after us John and Bev, lovely to see family on the road and share quality time together. We can see why you've been coming up here for the past ten years, an idyllic fishing spot & great friends to share it with. What more could you want.
On the road early we headed to the mountains, back towards Tully River in the hope of some whitewater action. All that was missing was a helmet. Well, we found one...
.... Yes it's a pink stackhat circa 1980. More fortunate for Brad's safety was finding three rafting guides on their day off who were happy to take him down the river!
What a rush hitting grade 3&4 rapids on a technical river - Jen did a great job getting some footage.
I love some of the names of these rapids - Alarm Clock, Theatre, Staircase, Wet n Moisty;
...and more placids sections.
We could see why some of these guys have been down over 1,000 times, thanks fellas!
Leaving Tully National Park we kept our eyes peeled, still on the lookout for Cassowaries. They live mostly on purple coloured berries and we heard a lovely story that the locals would put out buckets of fruit after Cyclone Yasi, ensuring their survival.
Next major stop is Airlie Beach to coincide with Xavier Rudd's tour!