It was time to pack and head home to Melbourne for me.. and back to the States for DJ. We had been in Cairns for six days, had covered almost 900kms in that time heading north up the Captain Cook Highway as far as Daintree, as west along the Bruce highway through the hills and valleys of the Atherton Tablelands.
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(our driving route)
We had crammed as much sightseeing as we could into our days and nights, had paddled on deserted beaches, saw the sun rise over quite a few of them, and set over others.
|7.14am: Sunrise at Port Douglas|
We had tramped national forests, seen wildlife that we'd only seen previously in zoos, stood below roaring waterfalls, walked in gentle tropical rain, motored silently down magnificent rivers, sat under the amazing canopies of 500 yr old trees bathed in the sounds and the life of forest and wandered the streets of vibrant cairns after dark revelling in the warmth of the climate and the genuine friendliness of its inhabitants.
|8.57pm: The Cairns Esplanade|
|8.30am Cairns Esplanade|
Mark Twain said: "I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them."
How right he was. I had left Melbourne with a friend and through the good times on the road we talked, photographed, laughed, took many a wrong turn that led to another wonderful spot....and bonded through our love of Australia and photography, returning with a 'sister'. I don't think I can ever top the holiday for the wealth of friendship and experiences it brought to me (I get 'mushy' thinking about lol) ... but I'll try! DJ will be back in 2015 and we are planning a bigger and longer trip.
Three years seems so long away.