Mission beach to Townsville
The 3 hours drive to mission beach from Cairns seemed like 3 minutes as I was oozing to be driving and in such a mint motor home!! Mich and I sang a lot of the way (check the video out!) and loved the cruise down the coast, we got to Mission beach and stocked up on loads of supplies from a supermarket called Woolworths! Don't think it has anything to do with our poor woolies at home.
We stocked up big time on waters, diet cokes and loads of cheap food like pasta and noodles etc. Then found a camp site and parked up for the night, the independence of this motor home is unreal and I must admit the whole camping thing had never really appealed to me, but I love it, give me a ring in 47 days and I will tell you if I still love it but I think I will as we can do what we want when we want. We have driven past the bus station a few times and seen backpackers waiting for buses and we're so pleased we don't have to catch any buses for a very long time!!!
We got up the next day and had cereal for the first time in ages and went for a run on the beach, we are determined to get super fit out here. Mission beach area is massive the roads are really wide, so driving is easy and the beach is miles long so there is plenty of space for everyone. That night we drove right next to the sea front and pulled up next to a picnic table for dinner, we cooked a cheese and ham omelet and noodles, beautiful hats off to the chef Mich I think I'm the kitchen porter for this trip as Mishee knows how to camp as she has a lot more experience than me, shes brilliant!!
We left late afternoon and continued our journey down the Bruce highway, heading for Townsville and made a random stop when we saw a sign for waterfalls, around 20km off the beaten track, we stayed there for a while and enjoyed a brew next to the gorgeous scenery. We then drove a couple more hours to a free rest stop near Ingham, and parked up alongside a load of hippies. We made dinner and just relaxed and got scared by giant bats!
The next morning we woke early and drove to Peruna National park and had breakfast. Then had a lovely walk up to see some more waterfalls. Just before lunch we headed back to the Bruce Highway and made our way to Balgal beach a massive beautiful beach with no-one around. It was a stupidly hot day for the middle of winter! But it gave us a chance to top up our tan. I went for a run while mishee cooked a lovely steak with mash potato and gravy! Yum! Then we had a magical hour where we watched the sky turn from blue to orange to red and then pink, what a beautiful tropical sunset! We parked up right next to the beach where it says no camping. We are not too sure of the laws on camping in OZ but there a lots of people parked up here so we will wait to see if we get asked to move!
We also had a night at a place called saunders beach another free site with free bbqs right next to the beach and met some real cool people who gave us a lot of advice about camping!
We have got 48 days all in all, and I worked out we only have to drive 40 miles a day to get to Sydney so we can really take our time! We will stay in Queensland for quite a while even though its winter its like British summer but hotter! But maybe not this year, I hear!
So loving our first week in OZ and still loving the camper which is now called Carlos after our favorite seal at Singapore zoo, next stop Townsville, thanks for tuning in again, we hope we are not boring you!!!
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