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Cooktown to Cairns

Tuesday 21 July 2015

Cloudy with a hint of rain in Cooktown today, but still a warm 22 to 26 degrees.

As it looked like rain we packed up quickly this morning before we had breakfast. Luckily the misty rain did not last and we were packed up and on the road by 9:30 am. Having reached the northern most destination of our trip this year, we are now on our way home - although it still has plenty of time to warm up. We will not be home until 17 September 2015. So far we have towed the van about 5,000 km and done another 2,000 km touring around. We are averaging 21.4 litres/100km towing and 13.4 litres/100km without the van. Fuel costs have ranged from $1.217 at Glen Innes to $1.545 at Hughenden, with an average of $1.395 - Very respectable considering fuel prices in Tassie. We suspect that the very low price in Glen Innes was the result of Woollies trying to touch up the Caltex Servo across the road.

Our route today involved retracing our route to Mount Molloy where we stopped for fuel before making the descent off the Tablelands to Mossman before turning south to Cairns. The road from Mount Molloy winds along for about 20 km before descending 400 metres in less than 10 km. A very windy and very steep descent. Luckily we were following a fully loaded B-Double cane truck down the hill so we got our braking cues from his brake lights. The advice at the top of the hill is for all vehicles to use low gear - so we did. Very rarely did we apply the brakes and occasionally we had to accelerate to keep up!

The road from Mossman to Cairns by-passes Port Douglas and is very narrow and winding with lots of turn-outs for slow vehicles - we were not always the slowest vehicle. We arrived at the Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort and checked in for three nights. We were allocated a roomy grass "bus site". We did a basic set-up with only the awning out for shelter in case of rain. While it is quite warm in Cairns, 20 to 24 degrees, there is heavy overcast with a hint of rain - humid as well.


A nice grassy bus site (long and narrow) at Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort.

Posted by TwoAces 03:51

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