More our cup of tea!
12.08.2010 - 13.08.2010 26 °C
South Mission Beach to Palm Cove
The 3 hour car journey gave me more time to get used to the car – it’s strange not changing gears up or down when you approach a junction and that there is no clutch pedal, just a massive brake pedal. Hopefully Mish doesn’t have too much whiplash!
The journey was nice and we stopped off at Josephine Falls in the rainforest for a nature trail and then at a small lake which was inhabited by crocodiles. It was strange being the only ones there knowing there could well be crocs a few yards away – I threw a bit of bark into the middle of the lake to see if a croc eye would appear at the surface but no joy.
At lunchtime we arrived at the Mango Lagoon Resort & Spa in Palm Cove.
The room was lovely and the style of the hotel was very contemporary – the grounds were great – 4 landscaped swimming pools and little Buddha statues in the gardens. We walked down to the beach which we were pleasantly taken back by – it was just as impressive as the one at Mission Beach and there were about a dozen classy restaurants and a couple of bars – we were so pleased that we had taken the gamble and left Mission Beach for Palm Cove.
The area was also teeming with nature – huge bright blue butterflies, geckos, tropical frogs leaping around surprising Mish!
Apart from an hour at the rooftop hotel in Brisbane, this was our first opportunity to do some sunbathing. We’ve just been so busy seeing new things each day – there was no point going to Oz and spending it all on a beach, you can do that in Portstewart (maybe twice a year!).
That evening we went out to a nice Thai restaurant and looked forward to the next day when we would go further north in our car and explore the rainforest and do a crocodile cruise in the Daintree – the oldest rainforest in the world.
Mango Lagoon Hotel & Spa, Palm Cove