16/08/2010 - 22/08/2010
Our final 6 nights are spent at Kewarra Beach in a large 4 bedroom beach house. We are joined by some more friends from Adelaide – Jan Marie, Lee and their two girls Chante and Scarlett, whom we met through Jane’s Mums’ Group in Adelaide. Chante is the same age as Nadia and Scarlett is the same as Isaac. They have been in tropical North Queensland for a week with Jan Marie’s family and have bravely decided to spend their final days of holiday with us all in the same house.
The house is located right on the beach, with only sand dunes between the backyard fence and the beach. We have our own swimming pool and with a large enclosed yard; a great outdoor entertaining area and the main living area is large and open plan.
Optimistically we attempt to have the two older girls share a bedroom but despite the general excitement and enthusiasm from the girls, it is not a success. By night 2or3 Nadia ends up in her portacot in the laundry – it’s amazing how useful these rooms can be as additional bedrooms when space is needed!
During the week we take advantage of the house’s pool and its location to the beach with quite a few swims. Nadia is becoming more and more confident in the pool and Chante who has been taking swimming lessons back in Adelaide is also able to show her some moves!
All the kids are very well behaved during the week despite a few minor disagreements over the odd toy. The older girls are particularly good at keeping themselves entertained and disappear into their bedroom (eventually Chante’s only) for dress-ups – usually each other’s clothes! It is lovely to see them playing so well together.
We undertake two day trips, one into Cairns where we experience Muddy’s Playground again (see our Palm Cove entry) and attempt a shopping trip at the local DFO; the second we drive up to Kuranda Rainforest Village. Jan Marie and Lee take their girls on the Scenic Railway for a daytrip and return via the Skyrail. Greg and Jane have already done this trip a few times so decide to meet them up there for lunch instead.
The drive is particularly windy and Jane starts to feel a tad carsick. Nadia is also very quiet in the backseat and as soon as we arrive we realise why... as soon as she gets out of the car she is very ill – but given this is our first case of carsickness in over 4500 kms its not too bad an effort!
Once in Kuranda we enjoy the Butterfly House; have a picnic lunch in a park and go for a wander through some markets. Jane and Greg have been to Kuranda a number of times and realise that it is very quiet compared to previous visits and that the markets and general vibe of the place is quite down – the economic situation and resultant drop in Tourism is very evident.
The four adults also enjoy some child-free time over the 6 nights. Luckily all the kids are usually in bed by about 7.30pm after long activity filled days, so we enjoy some great alfresco barbeques and on one night actually get to go out for dinner in Palm Cove. Jan Marie’s parents, who are staying in a caravan park nearby, offer to babysit for the evening.
We have a great Italian meal and are even chauffeur driven there and back so we can enjoy some cocktails and wine – thanks George (Jan Marie’s dad!)