Last Wednesday we started our road trip from Surfer’s Paradise up to Cairns. Which is about 1763 km away!
On our first day, I was the first to drive. At first it was pretty nerve racking trying to get used to being on the left side of the road, and basically everything being opposite. But quickly, I found I was able to get used to it, and the rest of the day was a breeze.
We drove about four hours north to a town called Bundaburg. We decided to go there on our first night as our friends Dave and James live and work in this town on a farm. It was nice to catch up with them once again on our travels. The first night we slept in our camper van at the side of their hostel.
In the morning we got up and went grocery shopping, and sorted out our van for our drive ahead to the Town of 1770. We were so hungry that we couldn’t wait to eat, that we just made our sandwhiches on our fold out table in the grocery store parking lot.
It was pretty funny to see people drive by and wondering what in the world we were doing. We definately felt like “Bogans” (a term used for a “hick’).
Later on that afternoon we arrived at our first campsite in the Town of 1770. When we arrived in the town, we were greeted by three kangaroos on the side of the road.
Our campsite was located, RIGHT on the side of a beautiful beach. We had a beachfront campsite, complete with a firepit, showers and a kitchen. Our first night we took a walk along the beach, and made a delicious dinner right on the side of our van!
In the morning we woke up and made an amazing egg concoction, and then headed to the beach where we relaxed for awhile. Because we had been in the car for so long, we decided we needed some sort of exercise. So for about an hour we all took turns leading some sort of aerobics on the beach. Boy did our backs, and legs hurt the next morning!
For the rest of the day, we just enjoyed our beach front view,and relaxed. Our neighbours were so nice and friendly that they helped us with our fires, and even gave us an enormous bowl of prawns (shrimp) to eat. Fresh from what they had caught earlier that day!
The next morning, we got up and had breakfast and showered,and headed to our next destination which was called Tannum Beach.
We drove for about three hours, and arrived at a pretty little town on the beach. The beach was having some sort of market and music festival, so we decided to stop in and check it out.There were many local artists selling their paintings, some farmers selling their crops, and some locals selling some souveiners and clothes. They also had plenty of food and treats, and had a local band playing.
Yesterday we awoke and decided to head up to Airlie Beach. We did a full day of driving, which was about eight hours all together.
Half way through our day we stopped at a place where they have caves made from limestone, and parts of where the ocean used to be. We took an hour tour into these mysterious caves. They were so cool to be in. People actually get married in these caves, as they have pues, lights,and even some speakers.
The natural acoustics in the caves are truly amazing. They put on some music, and turned off all the lights for us to enjoy the sounds in the dark. The acoustics are so amazing that the Sydney opera house is 2.5 and the caves are 2.0. When they turned off the lights it was quite scary, as you can’t even see your hand in front of your face. There were also tons of bats,and spiders in the cave. It was a nice break from the drive, and a really amazing thing to see.
Later last night we arrived in Airlie Beach. We decided to reward ourselves with going out, as we deserved it for being couped up in a car all day. Unfortunately it was too late to find any showers or anything to clean up, so we put on our best faces and freshened up at one of the beach bathrooms.
Tomorrow we will be heading on a two day boat trip to the Whitsunday Islands. On the boat we plan to snorkel, swim, and relax!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mother’s out there!!