Now back on the coast in Cairns for an extended stay, on the way stopping off at Hughenden, Charters Towers and Ingham (which is on the coast before you get to Cairns. Hughenden was again a small country town but Charters Towers was such bigger as its background and economics was gold but now is mining in general. Ingham is in the sugar country, the crop is ready to come in and is in flower a beautiful sight of green cane with a silver top, from a distance a blanket of silver.
As we drove eastward from Julia Creek the landscape changed dramatically from parched land to rainforest, very interesting comparison. 100kms south of Cairns is a major banana growing area of Innisfail often unfortunately badly affected by cyclones but a great place to buy bananas, fresh as a daisy you buy them from an honesty box staff beside the road and believe us you cannot buy better bananas and at $1.50 a kg excellent value.
We have arrived in Cairns and have 14 days here much of which will be used up doing anywhere between very little, not much and relaxing, in between we will do some essential sightseeing. So far we have topped up the shopping, done the washing and washed the caravan which has been getting extremely dirty driving in wet weather. Today we travelled a road which we thought was not recommended for caravans but is in fact OK if you are silly enough to try it. Probably OK going up but very hard on the brakes going down. Given the huge climb up the Gillies Range the scenery was beautiful.
We plan to do the Kuranda Skyway and Railway soon, a major tourist attraction here and later in the trip will stay near the Daintree and Cooktown plus stay in Atherton up in the ranges behind Cairns after we have stayed further north for a few days.
Until the next journal as ever.
Love and regards
Mum and Dad
AA and UM
GM and GD
Anne and Marco