05.10.2015 - 19.10.2015
The area north of Townsville leading up to Cairns is Australia's sugar-producing country, the cane fields backed by the Great Dividing Range.
Northern Queensland is sparsely populated: Cairns is the only city, while Port Douglas and Mossman are small towns. Cape York is one of the most untouched wildernesses in the world, covering 200,000 sq km (77,220 sq mile) roughly the same size as Great Britain.
Exploring the area around my current place in Shannonvale, near Mossman I got on the bike and cycled to the nearest beach, Cooya Beach.
The road passes the neighbours Passion Fruit vines,
and on through miles of sugar cane
but you have to go thought the river crossing first!
but with views like this,
it's worth getting your feet wet!
Turning through Mossman, past the Sugar Mill
and arriving at the beach
there was a huge Beach Almond tree at the entrance
and some interesting shells along the beach
such as this hermit crab,
who had plenty of space to grow into his current home
and a great view of this sailing boat
It was a lovely spot to spend a few hours reading, looking towards Port Douglas
It was great to be able to go from the winery to the beach on the bike
This time, I cycled through Mossman to Newell Beach
The road from Shannonvale is very straight
passing Passion Fruit vines used in the making of one of the wines
with mountains of the great dividing Range in the background, it's a beautiful area
and on through the river crossing - keeping my feet up!
The wind had been up, and the water was pretty choppy, and brown, but the beach was still beautiful, looking north
and south towards Port Douglas at the far left of the spit
the sand sparkled
and it was great to sit and enjoy being the only person on the beach
However, on the way home, I couldn't resist buying one of these watermelons
the smallest one cost the equivalent of £3 but weighed 8kg, so it was well deserved when I got home!