17 - 19 July
A sort drive today brings us to our next camping destination - Babinda Boulders, thankyou to Michele for recommending this place. Arriving at 10.30, we secure a spot as someone else departs. Over the next couple of days, this is what happens if you're lucky to secure a spot.
We based ourselves here to explore a little of Cairns, but mainly, to stock up on fresh supplies and pack for departure to The Cape. .
Up in Cairns, its tourist central, mostly foreign backpackers, we think a large coach bus load must have been dropped off at the same supermarket as us.
We explored the Cairns waterfront, the man made lagoon was very inviting and many people there to swim and sunbake. We explored the marina and collected brochures on reef tours for when we return to Cairns to do the touristy things.
With lots of careful selection and packing we will fit in the car with all the essential items, but we cannot take the coffee machine L L L.
The boys have their swags and Brad and I have OZ tent bunkers, we've got a pop up shade/mozzie shelter and the awning off the car, a roof top bag, plus all the other essential items.
Once we are packed, we visit the Babinda Boulders, a lovely watering hole in the rainforest, very pretty and tranquil. The boys brave the cold water and take a swim, they choose instead of having to shower.
After 2 nights at Babinda Boulders we continue north. Stopping at Mount Carbine Caravan Park. We can leave our van here in storage and start the cape tomorrow. In the last 80 odd kms, we've seen for ourselves, 2 cars (one with a camper trailer and a large tinny) covered in red dust being towed back from The Cape.
Tomorrow morning we will head for the Cape, fingers and toes crossed for a safe and fulfilled adventure.