When I was packing up in Taylors beach that morning, four different people came over to me to give me advice or tell me where I should go. One woman even said “I sound like your mother!” haha, but it’s all good. I appreciate the concern. And I had planned to drive a road called the Savannah way heading west from here but they told me that it’s in horrible condition and that I should take the other road so that was very helpful. After that I headed north and minutes later I came over a hill and the landscape completely changed. From having been extremely dry and dusty, if I would describe how it had looked I would say like a desert, but all of a sudden I was in the tropical part of Queensland, and the rainforest was all around me. It was quite magical actually, and very unexpected. This is why I prefer to do very little research (well, and general laziness) because I can actually be surprised.
I drove to Mission beach first because I’ve been told it’s beautiful and it was. I climbed a palm tree and found a swing.
After that one of the ladies had told me to go to Josephine’s falls, which I did. It’s in the middle of the rainforest so I had to walk through it to get there. It was really beautiful and I had planned to go for a swim but there were some big type of bug bitting my legs so I said “nope” and walked back out again. Ugh, I could do without the bugs…
After the falls I was only an hour or so away from Cairns. I had my eyes set on the most central of the caravan parks since I like to walk and not have to drive everywhere. The girl working there said that yes, they had room for me for four nights but she thought I should stay for a week. She spent almost 45 minutes with me going through all the different brochures and I walked out having booked another snorkeling trip and with 7 nigthts booked at the camp site. Whoops? Since coming here on Wednesday I’ve seen three movies (the intern, the Martian and Everest), I’ve walked around the city, and I’ve gone to a crocodile farm.
Pool in the middle of Cairns.
This is Fred. I wanted to adopt him but they said no. Rude.
The crocodile show. It was fun. Everyone screamed when he walked into the water though, crazy Australian…
This is a cassowary. Doesn’t it look kind of like Kevin in the movie Up?
I also went to the snake show. This is a snake eating a mouse. He also explained what to do if you’re bitten by a snake so that was good. I’m so happy that I have my emergency gps tracker as I’m heading out into the outback…
Ugh koalas are so cute! The constantly look surprised, I love them so much.
Waking up is such a chore. The other night I was sleeping with the back open and the tent on when it started raining. I though “I’ll be fine, I’m sure it’s waterproof enough.” Seconds later it started dripping in my face. I had to rearrange my bed in the middle of the night but it was fine and I was dry again. And in the morning I could open the roof and look at the morning sky as I was waking up. In the evenings I can look at the stars just the same, it’s a very nice feature.
Today I found a Swedish cafe and had a Swedish meatball lunch and bought a bag of candy. The woman working there said “hej hej!” When I came in and I got so happy. Then she said “Eller alltså, you are Swedish right?” Is not always easy to tell but I think it’s pretty obvious when it comes to me. Everyone around me was speaking Swedish, it was almost like being at home again. Except for you know, it being 27 degrees in October.
Tomorrow is Sunday and I have booked a sky rail tour to Kuranda and the rainforest up in the mountains. I’m super excited about that, but I better remember to pack my rain jacket and bug spray. It sure does rain a whole lot up here. Every day so far, for several hours, but I don’t mind very much. And then on Monday I’m heading out on the reef again! Exciting times!