Saturday, 25 September 2010

The "Tablelands - Wet Tropics Beaches - Tablelands" Yoyo

The locals tell us that it seems as if the wet season has arrived a bit early, after returning to Cairns to have my vehicle serviced, re-fill my German Beer supply and also having the other front wheel bearing replaced, I again head for higher ground, meaning, to drive buck up into the Tablelands as Cairns is very hot and very humid, even though the sun seems to be mostly hiding behind heavy clouds.  This time I drive to the other, the northern shore of Tinneroo Lake and stop at a Scout Camp, right at the shore of the lake.  The sky is blue once more so the decision to drive back up here seems to have been a good one!?

A great spot right on the lake front

Beautiful local tree blossoms

By the following morning the rain has started up here as well and after another night, I decide to drive back to the coast, this time a little south of Innisfail, a place called Mission Beach.  A wonderful spot I remember well from my visit there last year.  Beautiful sweeping views along a palm line beach front, looking out to Dunk Island, just off shore.
 Dunk Island as seen from Mission Beach
 Works of Art formed by the thousands of small 
Sand Crabs when they clean out their burrows before the next tide.
The small hole in the centre is where one of them lives.

It does rain overnight again but stays nice during the day.  It is still warm and humid but there is a lovely cool breeze coming from the ocean front that makes for a much more pleasant experience than the hot-and-sticky ambience at Cairns.  Well, I stay for 4 nights, sharing two in the company of my friends Eck and Suki who have also arrived.
more about Mission Beach..
We are definitely in the Wet Tropics, as a reminder, the towns of Babinda and Tully along the coast record an annual rainfall of about 4200mm.  Water certainly is not in any shortage in this part of Australia, naturally a great part of the county to grow Sugar Cane, most of the land seems to be covered with it, apart from many Banana and Papaya plantations.

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