After leaving Bowen, we headed up the coast towards Townsville and stayed at some great spots on the Cassowary Coast, including Balgal Beach and Mission Beach. On Mother’s Day we visited Ingham for lunch at the original ‘Pub with no Beer’ made famous in the Slim Dusty song (the original 45 recording is below).

We had seen photos of Paronella Park and had to stay the night to see both the day and night tours. The park was the amazing vision of José Paronella, a Spanish pastry chef who built most of the castle himself. His dream was to build a castle for his bride and he chose a special part of Australia. He created the park on 5 hectares beside Mena Creek Falls. It first opened to the public in 1935 but fell into disrepair after a suspicious fire in 1979 until being restored by the present owners in 1993.

Next stop was Babinda, a lovely and very RV friendly town. The local bakery even takes unsold cakes and pies to the free campsite near town! We opted to stay at The Boulders free camp within walking distance of the Boulders and a beautiful swimming spot which was very refreshing. As we need to get everything ready for our trek to the Cape York Peninsula in a week, we are now staying at a great free camp not far from Atherton in the Tablelands. We will spend some time exploring around these parts after we return from the Cape. It’s getting exciting now as we are days away from heading to Mareeba and the far north. Then our 4WD adventures will begin!

Lots of photos in the gallery this time – enjoy.