We got off to a bad start with Cairns, Jasper going to the vet, James/kelpie worked hard, Jasper waited patiently each day before getting over excited for James to finish work so we could all be together to adventure more. This kid is going to have a big reality check when we make it home. He is used to the three best friends all travelling together and seeing amazing things each day. The adventures definitely won’t stop tho. Jasper got a mohawk haircut for his next vet visit, his intensely white skin under the thick hair needed to be saved from the sun wherever it could. Jasper’s Mohawk then saved the day as he was attacked by an enormous angry dog with silly owners, this angry dog only bit the Mohawk which stopped most bites from getting through to the skin.
We joined Samoa Day festivities for the Cairns festival and felt like we were in Fiji sipping coconuts, weaving plates, dancing and eating an Umu (just like a lovo), delicious! Our fav was baby taro leaves and coconut cream. This is more like it! James did some fishing in Port Douglas.
Then the fun really began! Family we haven’t seen since Feb!! A family holiday!! We stayed in Trinity Beach and spent some time cracker lackin around the pool. Jasper loved the extra attention from family but also had some protests about how he also loves raisin toast. He loves his morning sunrise walk to the top of the cliff of amazing ocean and sunrise views.
An adventure to Green Island 🌴
We hopped aboard the semi sub for a reef trip, views of Coral, colourful and different fish, huge sea cucumbers and even turtles!!!!! Then a snorkel off the jetty huge shells, massive clams, rainbow fish, turquoise clams, nemo and his nenanamy, we left the ocean for some lunch then went back for more, this time we swam under the Jetty with the huge ray who got up and swam towards us then turned away as we flopped around in the water. We then saw some huge fish under the jetty and casually swimming past was a reef shark! We swam along behind him then another came up from the deep and peacefully swam around the reef, we swam behind another as he went towards something in the distance, ooooh turtle! As the shark turned and swam into James’ path we were mesmerised by the sea turtle. The scariest fish we encountered was the giant trevally, getting territorial and circling us, as much as I’d love to live in the ocean we were on our way in and he followed until we were right out of his territory. Best snorkel ever! Then a boat trip back from our tropical island day.
We had days off around the pool, getting pedicures, using foot scrubs on these travelling bare feet, feeling amazing and walking down to the surf club, the boys went cable skiing and go carting on our relaxing days off.
The sky rail was amazing! Once we got onto the old train we enjoyed the views over the cliffs and of waterfalls on our way to Kuranda. In Kuranda the little town had butterflies, on the way out we had to farewell Jeremy who we thought couldn’t fly because he stayed for the whole walk, once Liam put him on a branch he flew away. Then to the markets, fudge and lunch before heading down the sky rail amazing views from the little windowed box on a small wire, then we stopped at Barron Falls again and the view from this side was amazing!!
We enjoyed Port Douglas views and markets for the day followed by some games. A buffet dinner on the last night of the family holiday & we had such an amazing time with them all.
We farewelled the family and began our road trip to Townsville with Liam. Jasper was happy to have Liam and sleep on his floor bed only for a few nights until he decided he’d have his bed back each time Liam hoped up during the night then told him off when he wanted to go back to bed.
We enjoyed having Liam, the first day we went on walks to Babinda Boulders and Eubenangee Swamp where we spotted a croc from the hill. Then we found Josephine Falls, beautiful with a natural waterslide going down the falls!!
We stopped at Mena Falls which had a suspension bridge above. To lookouts, fishing spots, collecting coconuts & Jourama Falls which was a huge hill with a swim at the top.
We found some camp spots with an amazing sunrise over the ocean and places to catch fish! Then another free camp around the trees with a walk to the beach and an amazing fishing spot on the rocks.