Mission Beach – Friday 7th
Apparently it got down to 8 deg. last night, now that’s not what we expected up here! Today was fine and left the Caravan Park to get some photos of the Banana Palms but on the way saw the sign to the Licuala Track. We walked the full length last time and didn’t see a single Cassowary so we figured just walking the Fan Palm Walk and the Children’s Walk we’d probably have as much luck. Once again there were telltale droppings but no other signs of them but there was a fake nest at the end of the Children’s Walk. Luckily there was a “Big Cassowary” at Wongalinga so at least I have a photo of that one.
We drove back into Mission Beach and went to use the “Free WiFi” at the pub where of course we bought lunch, a wonderful Prawn Salad. The prices were very reasonable.
Last time we were here we stayed at Dunk Island View Caravan Park so we checked that out and did a couple of other walks. All the infrastructure on Dunk Island was destroyed by cyclone Yasi and hasn’t been rebuilt but the water taxi still takes self sufficient day visitors over there. Looking at the Caravan Park we thought maybe we should have tried to get in there again, the Hideaway Holiday Village we’re staying in hasn’t moved with the times as far as car, caravan, camper etc sizes go and getting into the sites is difficult for everyone. We don’t have enough room to open all the car doors nor the back door to access the fridge but it’s the most expensive site we’ve had, $47 a night. Fortunately the area is just beautiful, so many spots could be used on a travel brochure for a tropical paradise.
With so many people trying to avoid the cold down south we’ve been warned to book ahead, we’ll be here again tomorrow night but then intend to go to Ravenshoe. There is apparently a good Park there run by local volunteers and we’re hoping we’ll be able to get a site