Miz Lizzie Adventures: Cardwell, Cairns and Curry

Oh, I do love a bit of alliteration.

“No, really?” I hear you say… None of that sarcasm, now. Anyway, Sunday morning dawned grey, overcast and drizzly. We had a 10 minute reprieve to shake off the side awning and get it dry enough to roll up. We do have the process of packing up the caravan down to a fine art by now, so it’s really only about half an hour from start to finish so long as we’re organised but we were distinctly damp by the time the job was done.

Waving goodbye to the thick grey cloud hovering inches above the Hinchinbrook Channel, we set off up the coast towards Cairns, our final destination for the next six days. It rained on and off, but most on, for the rest of the day. It was fine though; everywhere is brilliantly green. The cane looked tall and lush, with thick feathery purply-pink plumes (back home, it’s a different variety and the plumes are white), and it’s over 3.5m/12ft tall in places. Definitely ready to cut. You can still see dead tree trunks on hillsides facing the sea where cyclones have stripped every leaf, but the rainforest has amazing regenerative power and in a couple of years, they’ll be invisible.

Once we’d passed the ghostly outline of Walsh’s Pyramid, with its top hidden in the clouds, I knew were were nearly there. It’s more of a landmark on a sunny day, but is unmistakeable in any weather.

We got to Cairns early and were able to set up in a brief dry spell. The caravan park is in a great spot. I’ll show you an earlier view of what it looks like when it’s not raining, since the present view isn’t quite as interesting. Still plenty of low cloud over the mountains to give you an idea, though!

There are lots of grey nomads here, taking advantage of the warmer weather compared with down south, but it’s not really full, so there are no battles for the washing machines or camp kitchen facilities. I was able to spread out when I made dinner. Mostly, I cook in the caravan, but it was chicken curry, and I didn’t want the smell to linger for the rest of the holiday! I’m not quite picky enough to grind my own spices on a caravan trip, but a good quality curry paste, coconut cream, chicken and vegetables will do the job.

Today we have some chores to do: grocery shopping, a bit of laundry (if the rain stops), etc, but tomorrow, let the gastronomy commence! The only decision is whether to stay at sea level, or head up onto the Tablelands.

That’s about as hard as the decision-making’s going to get for the next few days…



41 thoughts on “Miz Lizzie Adventures: Cardwell, Cairns and Curry

  1. Lovely pics and lovely curry 🍛

  2. kathyreeves says:

    Your curry looks delish, and the countryside is so lush, just beautiful!

  3. I would like to see a pic of that cane you are mentioning here – is it sugar cane? The shades of green are fabulous – I’ve never been in tropical rain forest and am really curious about it. (Though I suspect the humidity would drop me in five minutes.) Your pyramid hill is rather breathtaking – makes me wonder if there is a real pyramid hidden under it like the one they found in Gobekli Tepi. There’s that school of thought that they are all round the globe, not just in Egypt and South America…… I find it intriguing. Dinner looks good, and I’m pretty sure wherever you decide to head I’m going to enjoy the view!

  4. Nanette says:

    The cane would be pretty, ours has white plumes too. All in, a terrific start to your leisurely week, and how nice you can do either…….tablelands or sea…or both.

  5. thanks Kate, because I’ve only visited WA (and only the coast, really) I always forget about the rain forest. That photo with the palms and the forest in the background really took my breath away. Thanks for sharing

  6. tialys says:

    Shame about the weather but it sounds as if you’re still enjoying yourself. Good on you, making a curry and not eating dinner out all the time – I equate holidays with restaurants so wouldn’t do it but I remember caravan holidays when we were kids when my Mum and Auntie used to try to rustle something up on the bottled gas hob. It was never a curry though, more likely to be a can of Heinz soup 😊

    • katechiconi says:

      Tonight is pizza, but tomorrow will be pork steaks with stir fried vegies and noodles. I do love to cook, which is perhaps just as well… And the weather today was lovely, so tomorrow morning’s post won’t mention rain once!

  7. What a great trip! I am loving the photos. I have never been to Australia and probably never will but I love seeing nice bits on blogs! Enjoy your stay.

  8. What is the name of the caravan park you are staying in ??

  9. KerryCan says:

    I’ve never spent any time camping with a caravan–but you make it sound like fun. I suspect it’s all in the level of organization you bring to it!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s also in the comfort, I think. We have things arranged the way we like it, our beds are comfortable, lights in the right place, everything to hand, like at home. I recommend it as a way of travelling and seeing new things without totally giving up a home-like environment to retreat to at day’s end.

  10. I am so enjoying your trip and the pictures such a treat! I was going to make chicken kebobs for guests tomorrow but you have me rethinking with now to curry chicken – yum!

  11. Lynda says:

    I love Curry and yours looks delicious!

  12. A bit of alliteration adds spice to any post. Speaking of spices…that curry looks delicious. Have fun!

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