With Matt still in Sydney and the boat jobs mostly done (read good fun jobs like cleaning the bilge and battery area) it was time for me to get a car and escape to the country. Mostly I needed to swim - and you can’t swim here - unless you like being crocodile breakfast.
Magical swimming holes and waterfalls surround Cairns along with the Atherton Tablelands
First stop - Josephine Falls. A heavenly chill in the water and sooo good to be swimming in fresh water again. I then headed on to exotic and romantic sounding places like Millaa Millaa falls, Zillie Falls, Fairy Falls, Crystal Falls……all in parks - some a few minutes walk and others an hour or two from the road - but all beautiful in their own way.
Day 2 found me headed north to the Cape - Cape Tribulation. I knew I was in my kind of place as soon as I got going out of town; stunning coastline scenery, signs warning of ferocious crocodiles, car ferries across the river, and roadhouse-like pit stops all reminding me of my misspent youth (but a heap of fun) in the Northern Territory those many years ago. Cape Trib has its share of beautiful beaches but not ones I’d be game to swim in, with the very real danger of being eaten by a crocodile or stung by killer box jellyfish.
Fortunately, once again, there are the odd croc-free swimming holes in freshwater rivers that kept me cool.
And if you’re getting hungry, like I was, and the menu looks like this……
……….……. it’d be bad form not to at least have a smoothie. Agree?
And then to top it all off, and I will have to admit to lingering here a while, I bypassed the river tours to see crocodiles (having lived in croc country many years ago) and stopped at the Daintree Ice Cream Company. Oh what bliss - yellow sapote, jackfruit, mango, coconut…….. heaven in a tub! Of course the reason I had to try them all was so I could experience first hand the flavours of the fruits you see if you take the very informative walking tour of the orchards!
I wanted more time here but the boat is calling and I must go - food to be purchased and all that!