Fab beach but more life in Poyntzpass!
10.08.2010 - 11.08.2010 24 °C
Hi folks - Simon here!
After our lovely stay on tiny Hamilton Island we flew to Cairns. There was a slight delay on our flight and when we arrived at Cairns airport it would mean that we’d have to hang around a while to get a coach down to Mission Beach. So we decided to hire a car for 3 days as it wasn’t too much more expensive and would allow greater freedom.
The car was a white Hyundai Getz – which looked like it should be on the Top Gear segment ‘Star in a reasonably priced car’. When we got into the car we saw it was an automatic. No gears numbered 1-5, instead P, R, D, L etc – totally baffling. Out came the car manual and we then set off on our way to Mission Beach, about 2 and a half hours south on the Bruce Highway. The journey was good – banana plantations and sugar cane growing along the roadside and rainforest behind it. Approaching Mission Beach there were warning signs to slow your speed so you didn’t kill cassowaries, which are a more aggressive version of the emu. I reckon if we’d hit one in our toy car, the car would’ve came off 2nd best for sure!
We were staying at a cabin at a caravan park in south Mission Beach – bit of a contrast to Hamilton Island the previous day. When we arrived we asked where the nearest bar was – it was a mile away and there were no restaurants nearby either, apart from an onsite cafeteria. We were disappointed as we thought there would be at least half a dozen bars or restaurants to choose from, after all we were booked in for 3 nights.
The 9 mile beach is impressive – and we walked a mile along it to the nearest bar, the sailing club.
We thought that we might be able to grab a nice meal there and have a few glasses of wine – how wrong we were – the building had a sign “Bar Open Tues & Sat, 3.30pm – 7.30pm” - !!!! We weren’t expecting Ibiza but south Mission Beach was dead. The caravan park we were staying in was like God’s waiting room too. Over the previous 2 weeks we had been really pleased with the places we had stayed but our luck had run out. We were conscious that we were booked in for 3 nights and we didn’t want to spend it in sleepyville. We then explained to reception that we had thought there would be more life than what there was and asked if we could cancel 2 of our nights and get a refund for those – thankfully they agreed which was really nice of them. I then went on the painfully slow wifi and booked a spa hotel for tomorrow (Thursday) in Palm Cove (which according to our trusted Lonely Planet guide is the St. Tropez of North Queensland) at a bargain £60. We also booked a nice hotel in Cairns for Friday, so on Saturday morning we would leave the hire car to Cairns airport and get a coach from there to Port Douglas for 2 nights. This evening we found a restaurant and a bar in main Mission Beach which is a 12 mile return journey. The car has been so handy for this and for giving us the flexibility to change our plans.
Thanks to everyone who has been sending us emails e.g. Lou & Kris, Bill & Taylor etc.
It’s been fun reading your mails.
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So next – it’s a 3 hour drive north to Palm Cove – talk soon!!!