Kathleen Swinbourne

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We’ve made it as far as Chilli Beach, our second detour off the highway. And a very welcome stop it is too. We had a late start from Coen after a big night at the Exchange Hotel. They advertise themselves (on their coldie holders at least) as “great beer, great food, great pub”, and they’re …

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Who you meet on the road less travelled

Travelling off the beaten track there are a few different types of people you meet. All equally as interesting. First there’s those I expected to meet. The “bushies”. Like the couple we met the other night and shared their campfire. They travel a lot and have done so for years.

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This could be heaven or this could be hell …

There’s something about being on an isolated tropical beach that brings out the philosopher in me. With nothing to measure time but the sun, the moon and the tides there’s plenty of time to ponder the big questions in life. Have you ever thought that heaven and hell were the same place?

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Ocean kayaking – a true show of love

If you want a true test of a relationship, try ocean kayaking together. In a double kayak. It sounded as if it would be a good idea. Kayaking around Cape Tribulation, getting a close view of the marine life. I’ve been kayaking before. With my children along the Noosa River. It’s beautiful. You take your …

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Cape Tribulation – almost onto the dirt

We’re at Cape Tribulation. A day later than planned, but the delay was worth it. We did 1500k Gympie to Cairns in 2 days, then another day for the 100ks Cairns to Mossman. I guess it was an ambitious schedule to try to fit Daintree sightseeing into one day! If I start describing scenery I’ll …

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It doesn’t take much to pack up a roof top tent

I’m sitting under the palm trees in the caravan park in Cairns, laptop plugged straight into the power outlet, catching up on some emails while I wait for everybody to pack up.

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