Mossman – September 2014

Yep, we have left Mareeba after 3 months and are now at the Mossman Caravan Park, which is nearer the coast, approximately an hour north of Cairns. Nice friendly place and we are enjoying it here.

Jude has had her birthday since the last blog.  A group of us from Mareeba went to the Tolga Pub for lunch.  Then there was a surprise knock on the door that night with a chorus of friends singing happy birthday, cake and all in toe.  A great day.

Jude's Birthday LunchJude's Birthday cake

The Bledisloe Cup was a good excuse to have 2 great Saturday nights.  The 1st week we set up the Pizza Oven and cooked & cooked Pizza’s along with setting up the big screen.  Pretty stressful as it was the first time Jude had cooked so many in one night.  Arn who is an ex baker made all the bases and man were they beaut bases!! Too busy to take photos but thanks to Gaye we managed to get some off facebook.

Pizza basesPizza Night

The following Saturday was a bit more of a challenge with the screen as it was still daylight when the game started however we managed to see the 2nd half.  Dinner was heaps easier.  Once again we got the Pizza oven going but instead of cooking Pizza’s Jude cooked Roast Beef, Roast Pork & Roast Lamb.  This was served with gravy, fresh buns and salad ingredients to make Hot Roast Rolls.  Yum!  Sorry no photos this time.

We spent a day with friends helping to install a Solar Water System.  Jude also spent a morning at the Yungaburra Markets, finding a Poncho that Tui has always wanted.  Just need some cold weather to wear it!

Solar InstallationTui's Poncho

It was then time to leave Mareeba.  Tui is right into doing his Microlight Pilots License so the decision was made to move closer.  We did have a contact to stay on a farm for $80 a week, however it didn’t work out.  Headed down the Kuranda Range and along the coast to Mossman for a secenic drive, stopping for a lunch break along the way with Jude whipping up a Bacon & Egg Pie. Then stopped to watch the Hang gliders in action.

Lunch BreakHanggliders

We decided to stay at the Pinnacle Van Park, 20kms North of Mossman.  They omitted to tell us that there was a soft spot and as Tui went to drive around a big loop to get into our spot, Tiki Tourer sank!  It was obvious that she wasn’t going to get out on her own so off the trailer came Suzuki.  Jude drove Suzi in the front of Tiki Tourer, Tui hooked up the trusty tow rope and with a bit of gentle persuasion she was on the move again.  First time we have had Tiki Tourer bogged!!

TT Tyre MarksPinnacle Van Park

It is a beautiful Park and right on the beach, but a wee bit expensive so we only stayed for 2 nights!

Pinnacle Van Park 2 Pinnacle Van Park 3

Checked out Caravan Parks at Port Douglas, way to expensive! A nice lunch at Hoggs Breath at the Marina.

Port Douglas marinaPort Douglas

Back up the Rex Range we went to see if we could get a spot at Julatten. No phone coverage and no spots big enough for us.  Bummer! As we were at the top of the range we opted to stay at Rifle Creek free camp at Mt Molloy for the night and reassess the next step.

Rifle Creek Mt MolloyMicrolight coming into land

Back down the range and finally decided on The Mossman Caravan Park. We have been here just over a week and although Tui has been flying nearly everyday we have had quite a few joint Happy Hours and a joint Bar-B- Que.  A few Kiwi’s here and a friendly bunch. As usual we have no idea how long we will be here and we are still waiting for the new awning!!

Well that’s about it for now!

Until next time “Laugh more, live longer”






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