Well the tropical coast has earned it’s name since we arrived, the weather was less than kind to us at Mission Beach and seemed to follow us up the coast as well! We woke up really early as usual so got up and went to explore. There are lots of cute little cafes and shops nearby where we camped that we had a little walk round in the morning, before we decided there wasn’t much to do if we couldn’t lie on the beach due to the wind and on and off rain.
wongaling beach, near misson beach.
We set off up to Innisfail and had a bit of a look round there, but apart from the picturesque river and boats there wasn’t much else to do, so we continued up the highway to Cairns. We planned on spending the day there but it was so windy and we’re coming back that way so thought we’d save it for when we travel back through in the hope that the weather sorts itself out. The next stop then was Palm Cove, another spot that would have been beautiful if it wasn’t so windy! We did stop and BBQ some lunch and sit by the sea, but after loosing food to the wind we packed up and carried on.
On our way to Port Douglas we were lucky enough to see a hang glider taking off from a cliff at Rex Lookout, we had just stopped to see the lookout but next thing we knew there was a giant hang glider taking someone out on a tandem. It looked awesome, not so awesome that I fancied a go myself, but still amazing! By the time we reached Port Douglas it was barely the afternoon, which was good as the weather was a lot nicer that way, still a bit windy but lovely and sunny as well. We spent the afternoon wandering the beautiful main street, which was full of wonderful little shops, selling the kinds of things I would buy if we weren’t on a ‘space in the car budget’! So many lovely trinkets, art, jewellery and home things, such a great place.
shopping in port douglas.
such a holiday vibe.
view from the lookout.
After deciding the campsites were a bit expensive, there’s not much choice so the prices are high, we thought we may as head up to Cape Tribulation and stay the night there instead. Super excited as you have to get a ferry over to Daintree and then head up to the Cape, I do love a good ferry!