And plenty of tourists swimming in the water, despite warnings about stingers (jellyfish) and crocodiles. (We didn't see any of either one - jellyfish are more prevalent in summer, and there aren't frequent croc sightings in this area.) But most of the tourists, like us, were taking photos of the warnings and then enjoying the beach.
We left Port Douglas this morning - both of us a little sad that our six weeks in the camper van, known as Britzy, are coming to an end. I know, it would seem that six weeks in that small a space would be difficult - but actually, it was very snug and cosy, and we didn't mind having to put together the bed each evening and take it apart each morning. Sometimes space was tight, but it was amazingly easy and comfortable. And very convenient - just drive where we're going, move a few chairs and the table, plug into the electricity, and voila, everything we need is right there.
Anyway, we left Port Douglas and ended up in a camper convoy! Really, it seemed as if we were part of a caravan of camping tourists who were heading south.
We drove along the legendary Captain Cook Highway, a twisting turning curving winding ribbon of a road, edging along beaches and overlooks and bluffs with a postcard view at each turn. Absolutely magical kind of road with the unexpected views to one side, and some of the oldest tropical rainforest off to the other side, with green lush verdant primeval jungle. Gorgeous, beautiful, all those superlatives. Really a beautiful spot, and the only way to travel north of Cairns - although we hear that the tablelands to the west are amazing as well. But we're beach people, and so we opted for the beach route.
All too soon, we were in Cairns - time to find our hotel and check in, unload our stuff, and return Britzy.
We're now rolling luggagers without wheels. We have a week to explore Cairns, and then we head off to the Pacific Islands.
It'll be sad to leave Australia, we've had a wonderful six months. Which has absolutely sped by!
But there's a whole big world out there, so we're movin' on.