Last full day in Cairns

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Yorkeys Knob, facing down the beach towards Cairns

Both the trips we'd planned to do today were quickly dismissed on viewing the grey clouds from our hotel window.

Instead we went down for a leisurely breakfast before deciding to hire a car and head out to do some exploring under our own steam.

First up was Yorkeys Knob, a place we'd seen roadsigns for on many occassion but we were always going somewhere else. Since this was only 15mins outside of Cairns and kinda in the direction I wanted to head anyway, we thought we'd check it out. It turned out to be a really nice beach, even strolling along it under the grey skies I managed to burn the backs of my legs where I'd missed with lotion. We must have walked about 2km's back towards Cairns before turning around and heading back to the car thoroughly sweaty. Even with the thick clouds you can still feel the suns rays hitting you.

After Yorkeys Knob we head inland into the tropical rain forest towards Kuranda.

Yorkeys Knob, looking at the headland towards Cairns
Even though I didn't want to do the official tour to Kuranda, I still wanted to revisit the place. I found it to be just as I remembered it, full of shops. We spent 15 mins walking around hoping to see something special, but finally gave up and headed back to the car.

About 3km's down the road you can park up and go to see Barron Falls, which are well worth a looksee if you're passing. We first saw them back in 2001 (or 2002) from the other side of the gorge, so this was the first time we'd seen them from this angle.

Next up we (I) decided to head more into the tablelands to see what that was like, I'd seen places like Mareeba and Atherton listed in the guide books and thought they'd be worth visiting. So after travelling roughly 50km to Mareeba and then about another 40km to Atherton we discovered that both places a totally shut on Sundays, D'oh.

Barrons Falls, from the top platform
The only thing we found open that would serve 'food' was McDonalds, so with no other option we popped in, which was instantly regretted on tasting the stuff. I did chuckle at the sign on the outskirts of Mareeba exclaiming that they have '300 days of sunshine a year' as we drove through the torrential rain. 

Heading off again back towards Cairns I plotted a course in TomTom to take us back via a different route via Gordonvale, which proved to be a fantastic stroke of luck as this took us past a lovely lake (Lake Barrine) and finally back down the highlands on twisty mountain roads down to the lowlands. An excellent drive even in a Hyundia Getz, which I reckon only has a 1 litre engine.

The complete journey can be seen here on google maps.

Tomorrow morning we pick up the campervan and head south, first stop likely to be Mission Beach, then I seriously don't know.

mumabbott says:
Enjoy your travel in your camper...hope you got satnav once you know where your heading ..nice photo of woo careful
Posted on: Jan 18, 2009
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2 Huge tree trunks.
2 Huge tree trunks.
Big trees of some kind.
Big trees of some kind.
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