26 Jan 2016

Heading Down Under - Aussie Land by valeriepeltier

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After about 4 cups of tea on the porch watching the raindrops fall vigorously we got ready for the day regardless and made our way into town.
Australia Day celebrations meant that the entire town was shut down and closed for the day so we took this chance to head into the forest for a leisurely walk.
Arriving at Bicton Hill with the sky clearing up we began our hike into the forest. Reading the signs before entering we knew to look for Cassowaries, and heart shaped leaves with spikes on them.
I set out in the lead and very quickly learned that not only were the mosquitos out but so were the spiders, all set up and ready to catch the mosquitos or anything that passed through in their webs. I ducked and swayed to dodge as many as I could see, but I continued to run into the smaller ones that weren't at eye level.
Reaching the lookout we were now at the top of Bicton Hill, overlooking the entire village of Mission Beach. The view was stunning but the bugs made it almost impossible to appreciate.
Content but annoyed we journeyed back down the hill, this time with Lauren in the lead taking her turn at the web dodging.
Overall a spectacular view and definitely worth the hike. Although be sure to watch out for spider webs, and leaches that make their way onto your legs.

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With a quick driving tour of Bingil Bay and the local cafe and stopping at a couple of the off the beaten path beaches searching the sand for an array of coloured rocks washed up onto shore, thanks to Geoffs eager attitude towards showing us the surrounding sights.
Not on the map but a gem of a spot with a fantastic view is Bingil Bay Campground a quaint spot not far off the main road and big enough for only about a dozen campers complete with washing facilities, a playground and cooking facilities. A very quiet spot just off the shore with a view of Dunk Island and the shoreline of the coast. If I were to camp in Mission Beach this is definitely where I would stay.
In the evening we relaxed and sat around the picnic table busy with conversation and all of Geoffs stories streamlining one into the next, the evenings flew by in no time.
I managed to get a drawing done finally with the original goal of trying to draw a picture for every major place we visited and realizing that I don't think it is going to happen. Not enough time in each day to see and do everything, so I instead made a new goal of trying to do at least a few here and there when I do have the opportunity.