I have no idea of what day or date it is. And I love that!
We stopped a few times on our way up to Cairns, but mainly we just wanted to have warm nights so we didn't do too much sight-seeing along the way. AJ had asked if we could stop at "every single museum in Australia". (How many kids would ask that?!) We stopped at a couple, but then kept pushing on.
We would like to do this trip again, when we are set up for full time traveling with the caravan and not just in tent-and-holiday mode. We can take our time then and stop often.
So now we are in Cairns. The long trip and the hours of seeing only sugar cane and scrub and a few cows and a rare little town were so worth it! Oh my golly I love it here. Our campsite is so beautiful - lush rainforest with a little creek running alongside where our tent is. We are just steps away from turtles and fish. I love watching the turtles...they crawl onto some of the branches that are hanging over the water and sun themselves for hours before plopping back into the water. The creek runs over some rocks about 20 meters away and the babbling sound it makes is so soothing to fall asleep to! A few minutes walk along the other way of the creek is a little beach area with rope swings. The kids are making lots of new friends and having a great time. We are having such a lovely time in the campground that we haven't seen much of Cairns yet. We did go to Rusty's markets yesterday - great fruit and veg and other cooked foods for sale. Then we went to the sea side lagoon to meet up with some friends from Brisbane who have been traveling for a couple of months. I already felt quite at home here, but seeing familiar faces made it feel even more so!
I will get some photos downloaded sometime. We have not always had power to charge and download our devices, and that hasn't bothered us. We will get around to it all whenever we do. It is just so nice to be warm, and in nature and living so simply. ..
...just got a couple of pics that I took on my phone. Here is one of Shute Harbour in the Whitsundays, south of here...beautiful!