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Mission Beach

December 9, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

First thing we learnt is that Greyhound busses are pretty grubby and ram packed with sweaty, young, occasionally self-centred backpackers. Second thing we learnt is that Mission Beach bus stop is not in Mission Beach!




our beach and the view of our pool from the cabin - pretty spoilt really - click to enlarge

our friendly cane toad outside the door - just loved watching the light!

the first bit of the lunar eclipse before the clouds came over

The bus from Port Douglas dropped us off at Wongaling Beach so it was a quick call to the resort to come and get us, which they kindly did. The “Eco Village” is a series of very pleasant tropical cabins nestled around the pool, and tropical it certainly is. Whilst a couple of degrees cooler than Mossman (that was 36 deg!) it is still pretty hot and the sun keeps us in during the afternoon. Even the pool is not that refreshing as temperatures in the water got upto 31deg! (A sharp contrast to the weather we see on the news back home, 5 deg, snow and wind on the way!!!! (You have some sympathy))

these 4mm balls are all made by millions of little crabs that scurry around your feet

great fun with the beach to ourselves - Dunk Island in the background

Theo getting friendly with the locals

Some may remember Mission Beach hit the headlines in February, at the same time as the Christchurch earthquake, for the cyclone that devastated the area. It is still being rebuilt here and the damage is still clearly visible, mainly through the amount of building work going on and the large numbers of tree stumps and trunks lying around.

afetr a while we resorted to building animals - this was a whale

and our lion....

When we were at Jana’s wedding, we chatted to Charlie, and he sort of asked us why we were going to Tropical Queensland because the place is full of things that can kill you. From what I can make out, Charlie was quite right. Most creatures here really do seem to have the potential to kill you. Brown adders, black headed cobra’s, box jellyfish, numerous other jellyfish (the size of your finger nail and transparent), spiders, crocodiles, sharks etc etc ;even poisonous plant leaves that inject glass shards with poison that is infectious for months after you brush past the plant. The outcome of this is that walking in the bush should always be done in walking shoes and swimming is off the menu. This is a crying shame, because the beaches here are delicious. Even the stinger net is not used because of the thumbnail sized deadly Iriganjy jellyfish get through the netting.

a bed sheet for protection and we had our own art school

with little else to do, the girls resorted to masks from Rotorua mud

The third thing we learnt in Mission Beach is that there is b***** all to do here and you really need a car! Being without a car and with the sea being out of bounds, we are catching up on some of the school work, reading and swimming around the pool. It is pretty relaxing, but I can see that in a couple of days we will go mad and hire a car.

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  1. nick miles
    December 20, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Hi Alan, Jo, Kai, Elena & Theo.

    this blog is going to be some momento of your year out, really good.

    the places you are seeing and travlleing too are amazing”!!
    It makes my office here look pretty dull.

    in the throws of xmas as you can imagine, just leaving it to the girls, its best!

    we had our first real snow last weekend and it took over 2 hrs to get home due to slow moving traffic so S Queensland looks good to me.

    Have a great xmas and new year, it will be one to remember.

    Miles clan xxx

  2. nick miles
    December 20, 2011 at 11:27 am


    • December 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Dear Family Miles,

      Thanks for the comments, the mud masks made them blend in with the locals beautifully!

      I know it sounds odd, but a little snow here would really liven things up (and add to the festive spirit). We still have not got used to the idea of a BBQ for Christmas, followed by an afternoon nap that appears to be what this lot do!!! Very odd. Nevertheless, we are looking forward to staying in Wooli in some riverside cottage, replete with canoes and body boards.

      After that we are off to a youth hostel in the jungle for a week (including New Year) and then Sydney before we head back into unknown (and hopefully a darn sight cheaper) Asia.

      Love to everyone,


      Alan, Jo, Kai, Elena & Theo


  3. Bambula Indijana xxx and kiwi Pauli
    December 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Ozie, ozie,oziezzzz,

    Glad to see that you are still alive!
    Paul just booked our tickets to Oz for May, so we may be following some of your footsteps.
    We have just got back from the “Nutcracker” ballet at the ND. Funny enough, we have met Milu and Anna there, also trying to get into the Christmas spirit. As you may know,they will be with us at the cottage for Christmas so we will all be thinking of you and cheering long distance….
    Jozka and maminka send their love,( also reading your blog regularly…)

    Big hug to all

    Jana and Paul xx

    • December 22, 2011 at 11:08 am

      Ahoj Bambulo,

      Thank you for the lovely message, secretly we are a little jealous of the romantic white Prague Christmas. Make sure you have a gluwein for us under Charles Bridge with the carol singers! Please send our love to everyone, we will be thinking of you as we paddle up the creeks on the canoes we have borrowed for Christmas.

      Lots and lots of love,

      Alan, Jo, Kai, Elena and Theo


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