Heading for the Hills

21 Aug

We left Mt surprise and headed for the hills. Those big hills on the eastern side of Australia. We had a little stop over at Innot Hot Springs, with the hottest pool being 47 degrees. Interesting. Further on up the road we hit Ravenshoe and it was a complete and immediate transformation in scenery. Green hills, rainforest, dairy cows, sugar cane, avocados, mangoes everything that is the wet tropics.

Pulling into Atherton was like returning to civilisation after weeks of isolation. Mif was a little sad that a big part of our adventure was over and the East coast part of our travels was beginning. Atherton is a great place with loads to do. Darren’s 40th fell during our time here and we had a busy day on his birthday. We went fishing together, Rosie and Archie caught a couple of perch each.
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Next on the birthday agenda was some cheese and chocolate tasting at a local Dairy. Darren even got a little extra attention from a young calf for his birthday.

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Then we had nibbles with our friends and lazed about with a Balinese lady (note the war wounds on Archie from aforementioned gem fossicking incident).

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And finished off with a great dinner at the pub.  

The next few days were spent visiting the crystal caves, going for a walk around a crater lake called Lake Eacham, visiting the Bat Hospital and checking out the op shops for new books.

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We then headed off to Cooktown with a scheduled stop just outside Mt Molloy to search for a treasure that had been buried for us by the Potters.
After digging in the wrong spot for a while, we revisited the instructions and happily dug up our loot.

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We were all very excited about returning to our ocean and Finch Bay was a beautiful little beach (apart from the sand flies!). Cooktown is steeped in history and is also naturally beautiful. The Endeavour River flows past the main street with mountains in the background. The kids playground on the foreshore even had a musical Endeavour. We belted out Mary had a little lamb a hundred times and then slipped in to the bowlo for a roast. We also visited the botanic gardens, the museum and grassy hill lookout.

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The van parks were very busy and expensive in Cooktown, so we went looking for something else and found the Endeavour River Escape 15 k’s out of town. It is essentially a passionfruit farm but it also has dogs, horses and pigs, and the kids were invited to feed the animals in the arvo. They cruised around in the back of the Suzuki with no doors, no roof, no windscreen and no seatbelts and they loved it. We also caught our first mud crab in the river down the back.

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From here we head to the hustle and bustle of Port Douglas and Cairns for a few weeks.

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6 Responses to “Heading for the Hills”

  1. Glen August 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    Is it batman, is it spiderman, is it the incredible hulk? Is it naked man? Did you take any clothes for Archie?

    • shakeandmif August 22, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      Yeah we wondered what comments we would get about that. We r travelling with six superheroes. A different one each day.

      Sent from my iPhone

      • Matt August 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

        And nude on Sundays?

  2. Matt August 22, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    Gotta love the generous attention from the calf on your 40th! A bloke in the UK has just been banned from visiting farms for that kind of activity with goats! Enjoy the coast – bringing back memories of Xmas.

    • Eve Sheppard August 22, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      Mud crabs…heaven on earth!!! Cold wine, fresh bread, lemon mayo….perfect FNQ!!!xxEve

  3. natashajohnston1 August 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    Looks like you guys are having a ball!!!
    Miss your smiling faces around, good to still see Archie ( superhero) protect y.ou all.
    Love the Johnstons xxx

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