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3 June 2018: As we are driving along the Bruce Hwy, we see the sign – Josephine Falls, we decide to head in….. WOW what a brilliant decision. We walk through the rain forest to see this amazing blue/green freshwater swimming hole that is fed by this massive waterfall / cascade. It’s even better as we slide down this huge rock face that is a water slide, it’s awesome! Louis and I can not get enough of it. We depart here with massive smiles and then head for Binda Boulders. This is another stunning location, it’s the connection of two fresh water rivers. The water is crisp and clear, we all have another swim, but we don’t last too long as we are still cold from the previous swim. After this, lunch (sausage sambos) are cooked on the camper trailer tail gate, then it’s off to Palm Cove. We arrive at Palm Cove for dusk and set up.
2 June 2018: It’s a lazy morning pack up at Mission Beach as it’s only a short drive to Paronella Park. We slowly weave through the cane fields as we head west, the country side is exactly the same but beautiful. We drive through a few country townships that probably have not changed in thirty years, it’s great to see the character still remaining. We arrive at Paronella Park, check in and have the camper set up for lunch time. After a bite to eat we head down for guided tour of the park; this place is truly stunning! On our return we head over to the pub – Mena Creek Hotel for a few beers with a few people we have just met on the tour. At 4.50pm I depart as I’m booked into the Hydro Tour, this man was so ahead of his time, he even built a hydro plant in the 1940’s. We all come together for 6pm to commence the night tour. It’s an hour guided walk it which the guide fills you in on the history as well as seeing the ruins light up. Very spectacular. We end up walk more throughout the park and end the day for about 10pm.
1 June 2018: It’s another early beach beginning for 6.30am to catch a golden sunrise. Our monument is still remaining pride of place for last night. We depart for a day of exploring the region and begin with this little rainforest walk that was a 2km loop track that featured Cassowary’s; it’s located just after South Mission Beach heading back to the Bruce Hwy. We head from here to the Township of Tully (11am) we arrive, have a look and decide to push on for a swim at Aligators Nest. It’s a beautiful drive through the cane and you end up in the mountains / rainforest. Aligators nest is this stunning intersection of two creeks, the water is pristine clear and fresh; it’s turquoise! We swim here for ages and Louis and push up walking and climbing upstream through the rapids and boulders; truly amazing. After this we decide to walk the entire length of Tully main street and purchase Tully a few gifts from Tully. It’s now 3.30pm and we drive 45min north on the Bruce Hwy (we are mad) to Etty Bay in the hope of seeing a Cassowary. We meander our way through the cane farms, drive up over the headland and arrive at Etty Bay; it’s stunning. I can’t believe it, just as we pull up, there is a Cassowary walking directly in front of me up from the beach. It’s casually walking through the van park that is situated directly on the main beach front. I end up getting so close to it, it’s stunning and it’s feet and talons are huge! We return back to Mission Beach, head to the beach for an evening fire on the beach.
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28 May 2018: I head off to the Marina and Airlie Beach to capture the sunrise, it’s been raining all night and the conditions are not the best. The rain snarls begin to break and I’m treated to an amazing rainbow as a back drop over the Marina! After this we head to Cedar Falls, this is a fresh water hole that has two water falls flowing into it. This is awesome.
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22 May 2018: Cape Hillsborough is nestled in National Park and it’s stunning. It’s an early start 5.30am and it down to the beach to see the kangaroos on the beach. This is one awesome experience. The kangaroos arrive early morning to eat the mango pods that get washed onto the sand. There is no other place in the world that has kangaroos on the beach. They are sooooooo close and very happy to be photographed. The camp ground is simple and there is very limited reception,. The park owners are awesome and extremely friendly. During the you can walk the Cape Hillsborough Beach on low tide and venture out to the headland.