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Mission Beach beach

The town

Another view

Murdering Point winery

Kurrimine Beach

30th June

Celebrating the end of financial year with a day out. Leaving Tully we are in a stream of traffic looks like everyone has the same idea. We are doing the scenic drive to Mission Beach. Everything is so lush and green and we are seeing lots of signs drawing our attention to the recent crossings of the Cassowary and to be aware. We haven't seen one yet.

First stop of the day, Mission Beach monster market, a bottle neck around the market as everyone wanted to be parked up close. We have opted to park over the road and walk a short distance. A couple of different stalls but otherwise like any other market. Took us an hour to walk around twice.

In Mission Beach there are lots of touristy shops, cafes and restaurants and a wide range of accommodation available. The camping ground and caravan parks appeared to be packed. After a walk along the beach where we could look out to the Family Islands National Park, we check out the shops. One shop we browsed through had the air conditioner on making it hot and stuffy. We had a chuckle to ourselves when he told some customers to leave the door as it was cold outside, to us it was very warm. In another shop the sales assistant showed us a photo on her camera of two male cassowaries having a fight in her back yard that morning. Great shot probably as close as we will get. A quick visit to the information centre where this lovely lady gave us lots of information of where we will get a great lunch.

On our way to Kurrimine Beach we stop off at Murdering Point Winery. Established in 2001 the winery is recognised as an innovative and exciting winery using native and exotic tropical fruits. Yes after tasting the ports we couldn't resist and are bringing some home.

Kurrimine Beach was originally named Murdering Point in reference to the fate of shipwrecked survivors who were eaten by local aboriginal people. Established in 1918 for fishing and is famous for tractors (which are mostly used to launch their boats) - local residents own more of these than cars. A popular place with three caravan parks which look to be fully booked. The Reef Cafe served up a very nice fish and chips with salad for our lunch. Also a pub. On our way back we detoured through Silkwood, a tiny town, is the site of Australia's religious and cultural festival. Time to head back.

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