So up really early this morning and arrive at Bob Janes, Cairns to have the stock Land Cruiser tyres replaced by BF Goodrich KAo2 all terrains. These will be better for the rough roads as we drive in to Cape York. With this done it was then off to Pacific Toyota for the service to be done. I managed to drop it off early and get a courtesy drive back to the park where Kaz and Max were waiting on me having stalked me online as I travelled.
After a quick bite to eat we walked over to the pool and got straight in. The outside temperature is around 30 degrees so perfect for a dip. There are also two slides which we had a go at before getting in to the hot spa for some rejuvenating.
In what seemed a very short time I was picked up by Toyota where I returned to collect and pay for the service. Good thing is the car was given a clean Bill of health including brakes which have had a hard time with the van attached.
Having again returned to the camp we headed for the bar where every day there is a happy hour between 4pm and 5pm. There are also a wide range of bar snacks including small plates to graze on. We enjoyed a couple of drinks then headed back to the van to eat. I should say the site we are on is about 30 steps from the bar.
We then sat outside to tune in to the latest Survivor Australia episode before enjoying a rare early night.
After a long night where Max was up and down drinking water due to it being warm then understandably needing to go out, it was good to see morning arrive.
Today we don’t mess about enjoy some breakfast with sourdough rolls from the local baker. Washed down with tea and coffee. It was then off to to the pool for a nice swim, slide and spa before we headed in to Cairns.
Due to tomorrow being one of the last days we will be in a place this size with all the amenities you would expect we thought it wise to get in to the big supermarkets to stock up on supplies of mostly pasta’s, rice and an assortment of tins. We also grabbed 3 x 10 litres of water for the trip which we will add to the 15 litre container we already have.
Tomorrow we will hook up leave camp to go back up and over Kuranda, in and through Mareeba to meet back up with our bus mates at Biboohra. We will then work out a semi concrete plan together as we motor on with our journey to the top of Cape York.
A few pic’s of another beautiful beach drive at Byfield National Parks, Sandy Point. Dropped tyre pressures to about 20 psi. With new powerful spotlights fitted. We need to get moving further north to make Cape York before heading south again then west. Follow us at our Facebook Group – our wee journey, just send a request to join as the group is private.
We woke to the news that the lockdown in our area will end tonight Friday the second of July at six pm. Can’t say if affected us much as we are staying here for another nine days anyway but it is fantastic for the businesses around the tiny town.
Last night as usual we headed over to the O’Neills on the bus, where Richo and Rachael had invited us to grab a plate then tuck in to an amazing lump of beef cooked on their Webber bbq. This was accompanied by honey glazed carrots, garlic hassle back potatoes and a beautiful gravy. All devoured in front of a flaming fire out in the open air. (well under the massive gazebo).
As the night went on we were joined by another couple who we hadn’t met before. They are from Victoria and like us travelling Australia but in their case only for one year. It seems that we will are all pretty much heading in the same direction including Cape York at the very top of Queensland. As usual the night went on a bit and we ended up calling it a night about eleven thirty.
As the heading suggests, the Sunshine Coast is certainly not living up to it’s name as there has been a large amount of rain falling and the ground is getting pretty soft in a lot of areas. The forecast states that the rain although not that heavy but constant will last until Monday at least. Works for me as that is my Birthday and we should be able to get out and about. Amazingly for us, there is a pub in town and we have yet to step inside. It might be a day to fix that.
Max our Border Collie remains a bit on edge and not his usual self. There are a few children around which Max tends to bark at and given the chance might even have a chew at. This is becoming a bit of an issue for us as the last thing we want is for him to bite someone but it’s almost impossible to guard him for every second as people, particularly kids are drawn to his puppy cute looks.
Tonight Kaz has made a tasty chicken and mushroom risotto which is devoured by everyone.
Tonight is another footy night round the fire at the big bus. The Geelong Cats (our team) win against Essendon. Which gets the Cats get back to winning ways. The game is being in part overshadowed by the persistent rain. Joining us under the O’Neills gazebo where we are sheltered from the rain and heated by a fantastic fire are Greg and Sherrie the people who are travelling Australia for a year with kids in tow. It’s great fun swapping stories, destinations and having a good laugh.
We then watched as a new van arrived after the 6pm lockdown had just passed. The poor people were setting up a little pop top van in the dark and were doing well till another burst of rain arrived sending them running for shelter as the rain extinguished their fire. Tomorrow the rain is forecasted to be the heaviest with the risk of a storm !!
As expected a lockdown was called in Queensland but luckily only for 3 days at this stage. To be honest the only difference it made to us was the number of people heading out of the camp. It was quite funny watching a large group from a caravan club working feverishly like ants packing up we assume to get home before the lockdown measures take effect.
Kaz took a walk in to the town with Max and already people were walking around wearing masks. Later we did some panic buying, the beer fridge was our main concern and amazingly the bottle shop was quiet. We did add some of the usual needy items of food but we travel from major towns stocked up pretty much. We also extended our stay here until 11/07/2021 just ensure we avoid most of the herd on school holidays. We will have to move next Wednesday as the entire camp has been booked out by the Queensland Caravan Club who are having a huge meeting.
At times like these we are very lucky to be self contained with bathroom and shower in the van.
Next morning we walk up to the bakers only to find it closed and the usually bustling street is pretty much deserted with a couple of the cafes supplying takeaway coffee and a certain amount of food. The local supermarket however is open meaning supplies should not be an issue.
Our Showgrounds are now closed and people who could not leave before the lockdown are now stuck at least until Friday. It is also not possible to enter the Showgrounds or leave unless in an emergency.
So not much to report other than this so I have added a few pic’s around the place.