From the Hinchinbrook we made our way up to Cairns for my mom’s final hoorah. We had some beautiful sailing days getting there and mom did fabulously on the boat. Of course we stopped along the way and every anchorage had some beach exploration and Mahjong. The highlight was getting to Cairns and going on a small road trip through the Atherton Tablelands.
We explored the “wet tropics” rainforest area of Queensland. It was so different than anything we had seen before sailing up the coast and it was a treat to go a little further inland. We drove through beautiful country roads to see Curtain Fig trees, waterfalls, artisan dairy farms where we tasted a multitude of delicious cheeses. We even got to see the elusive platypus but he was so elusive that we have no pictures to prove it. It ended with a lovely afternoon in Kuranda, where my mom was able to pick up some gifts for home.
Once we got back to Cairns we still had time to discover the best local coffee shop, Cruze Coffee, where my mom and I were very charmed by the handsome Italian proprietor, Gilberto. We found a Swedish bakery where I could get some hard tack and of course some black licorice. It was a perfect end to a great six weeks with my mom on board.