Well the 18th March came around real quick the last 6mths were hectic organising the details, but the day finally came when we drove out the drive way & turned left sunset in the rear vision mirror. So follow our blog let us know if you enjoy the trip as much as we are it will be a fun time.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Paronella Park

Main Castle
Back tracking from Babinda to Innisfail we stocked up on food & fuel again ( these kids eat all the time) then headed south to Paronella Park which is a property that Jose Paronella developed in the 1930s. After acquiring the property with the main feature a water fall that flows under the old Bruce highway he moved dirt, gravel & sand from the lower part of the property then built all the buildings (castles) over several years by hand. He was a real entrepreneur for his time; it was all about making money so he could go back to Spain & bring back his wife to be. Check out the web for more details it is really worth a visit. From there we drove to Milla Milla falls (which means lots of water) were Josh & Clare went for a swim, I swam there 2 years ago so I knew how cold the water was so I let them experience it this timeJ , Josh swam out under the falls where the cold water takes your breath away , it’s a beautiful spot. The 50km drive up to there was a very steep incline at one point the cruiser was back to first gear ( I knew we fed  the kids too much) the poor thing worked hard that day we stopped in Atherton for lunch & a quick look around then drove 12 km down the road to a free stay, as it is a long weekend we planned to stay there if it wasn’t too busy & do a few day trips. Not a lot to report as it is a lay week some short trips, site seeing & a trip down to Cairns (leaving the van behind). We spent Wednesday out on Green Island snorkling & relaxing on the beach ( we need it ).
The Bolders
Water Fall from picnic area

Milla Milla Falls
We have had to make an important decision as to not go to the Cape as the roads are still closed & it could be a few weeks before we can get through this would put a big dent into the time we have to going right the way round this wasn’t an easy decision as most of you know this was at the top of our bucket list for a number of years. So expect an invite to do a trip to the Cape in the coming years. So on Friday we will be heading across the Savannah way to Normanton then down to Cloncurry, Phone & internet service are scarce out there so keep the kettle boiled & cup at hand.

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