A Travellerspoint blog

June 2013

Kuranda Markets

Day 51 - Sunday 30 June 2013

Another lovely day in Cairns today - 17 to 26 degrees with sunny periods. A slow start followed by bacon and eggs for breakfast. We had planned to do the train trip to Kuranda but as we were not up and about early enough we missed both the trains and drove up instead - a steep and winding road of about 30 kms. Kuranda has two markets, the Original Rain Forest Market and the Kuranda Heritage Market. We had a walk around both markets before wandering down the main street to the Kuranda Hotel for lunch. Di had Barramundi and Chips with Salad, and David had a Beef and Guinness Pie also with Chips and Salad. On the way back to Cairns we stopped at a Lookout for the views of the coast with Cairns in the distance.

Original Kuranda Rainforest Market

Original Kuranda Rainforest Market

Kuranda Heritage Market

Kuranda Heritage Market

Kuranda Hotel

Kuranda Hotel

Not only is Tassie on the map - its the lucky state

Not only is Tassie on the map - its the lucky state

Kuranda main street

Kuranda main street

Doongal Aboriginal Art Centre - in the shape of a ship

Doongal Aboriginal Art Centre - in the shape of a ship

Di at the Lookout

Di at the Lookout

View towards Cairns

View towards Cairns

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Chilling out in Cairns

Day 50 - Saturday 29 June 2013

A nice sunny day in Cairns today with a forecast temperature of 18 to 26 degrees. After a walk to the local shopping centre for papers and a coffee, we spent the rest of the day catching up on the benefits of city life - the big boys toy shop at Bunnings, Myers, and Woollies. At Bunnings we bought hoses and hose fittings to go with a new Waste Water Macerator Pump that had caught up with us in Cairns. The pump will assist in the empting of our holdings tanks at some of the more difficult Dump Points.

No photos today.

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Wonga Beach to Cairns

Day 49 - Friday 28 June 2013

We woke to the usual 20 to 25 degree forecast with sun for Wonga Beach, and a forecast maximum of 27 degrees for Cairns. Given that we had a relatively short run to Cairns today (only 100 kms) we were not too rushed in packing up for our trip south. We left Wonga Beach at about 9:30 am and visited the dump point at Mossman on our way south.

As Wonga Beach is the most northern point on our itinerary this year it is probably appropriate for an up date. We have now travelled 6,000 kms, 4,600 kms with the van on and 1,400 kms touring with the van off. We have purchased 1,100 litres of diesel at a cost of $1,717, or an average of $1.56, which is cheaper than we paid at Perth in Tasmania. Fuel economy with the van on has ranged between 17.0 l/100k and 26.0 l/100k, but averaging 20.8 l/100k. We have spent 47 nights in caravan parks on the road at a total cost of $1,418, averaging just over $30.00, with the lowest being $25.00 at Thargomindah, and the highest being $37.80 at Shepparton Big4.

The road from Wonga Beach passes through Mossman, before bypassing Port Douglas and continues along the coast to Cairns. The road is generally narrow and winding with a lot of road works to slow us down. However we arrived at Cairns Coconut Holiday Village at about 11:30 pm and booked in for 7 nights. The cost with our Big4 discount was $49.50 per night - so welcome to the Queensland coast. We were allocated site 155 with a slab and did a full set up.

Site 155 - Cairns Coconut Resort

Site 155 - Cairns Coconut Resort

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Daintree River Cruise (again)

Day 48 - Thursday 27 June 2013

On the way in to Mossman for a coffee and papers we noticed that the sugarcane harvest is now in full swing, with harvesters, large cane trucks, and very long cane trains on the move. The Mossman Sugar Mill is the northern-most sugar mill in Queensland producing more than 100,000 tonnes of sugar between June and November each year. The raw sugar is transported by road to the bulk sugar terminal in Cairns in large 40 tonne trucks.

Sugar cane ready to harvest

Sugar cane ready to harvest

Recently harvested cane fields

Recently harvested cane fields

Cane train headed for the Mill

Cane train headed for the Mill

Loaded cane train

Loaded cane train

Mossman Sugar Mill

Mossman Sugar Mill

After lunch we returned to the Daintree River for a second cruise with the same company that operated our cruise two days ago. They had provided us with a Pass Out allowing us to come back for a second cruise on either of their two cruise boats. Todays cruise was on a boat operating further down the river near the ferry crossing.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Cormorant drying its wings

Cormorant drying its wings

A 70 year old male crocodile about 4.3 metres long

A 70 year old male crocodile about 4.3 metres long

Look Ma - no teeth

Look Ma - no teeth

A 30 year old female crocodile about 3 metres long

A 30 year old female crocodile about 3 metres long

A 13 year old male crocodile about 2 metres long

A 13 year old male crocodile about 2 metres long

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Mossman Gorge

Day 47 - Wednesday 27 June 2013

Another sunny morning with a light south-easterly breeze - forecast temperature of 20 to 25 degrees. We drove into Mossman for papers and a coffee before a visit to Woolworths for groceries. After lunch we drove to the nearby Mossman Gorge to walk some of the rain-forest tracks in the World Heritage Area. There is an indigenous eco development operated by the local aboriginal community. A shuttle bus service operates from the Visitors Centre to the walking tracks about 2 kms up river. There is an easy boardwalk track of about 500 metres each way to a swimming hole in the river, and a more difficult 2.4 kms walking track through the rain forest.

View from the Boardwalk

View from the Boardwalk

Di on the Boardwalk

Di on the Boardwalk

Rain forest

Rain forest

Mossman River

Mossman River

Di at the Mossman River

Di at the Mossman River

Rex Creek

Rex Creek

Rex Creek Suspension Bridge

Rex Creek Suspension Bridge

Mount Demi from the Lookout

Mount Demi from the Lookout

Swimming hole at Wurrmbu Creek

Swimming hole at Wurrmbu Creek

Swimmers in the Mossman River

Swimmers in the Mossman River

Granite boulders in the Mossman River

Granite boulders in the Mossman River

Mossman River

Mossman River

Mossman River through the trees

Mossman River through the trees

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