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Mission Beach and Rafting on the Tully River

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After I updated yesterday, we went for a drive to Mission Beach (our hostel was a bit out of the way). It's not like I expected at all, I thought it would be Airlie Beach style with lots of bars and restaurants, but it's a very small town mostly full of campers. We still managed to find some fun and had a few drinks and a lovely meal there, and then yet another early night to go white water rafting the next day. An early night was the best thing for us, especially if you know what happened last time we tried to go rafting! We accidentally got very drunk on champagne at the musselburgh races the day before and were pretty hungover for rafting in Pitlochry, oops.

So no hangovers this time and soooooooo glad we didn't, this river is waaaaaaaaay more intense than the last one we did; we lost a girl at the first rapid! There were no more spillages after that really, but it was SO much fun! The amazing surroundings helped aswell, we had bright blue dragonflies sitting on us and fed burgers to turtles at the lunch stop.
Scariest part of the day by far was when we got out of the boat to swim/float down a grade 2 rapid. I know you're thinking grade 2 doesn't sound like much, but trust me, it definitely is when you're drowning in it! We weren't actually drowning, but it was pretty scary and almost felt like that - I think I swallowed most of the river, and will not be doing it again in a hurry. It was definitely fun though, and if that wasn't enough I also jumped off a 4 meter rock into the water after that...wooooooo!

We've also now completed the final leg of our roadtrip and arrived in Cairns, boo! Well, yay for Cairns but boo that Australia is almost over...for now anyway! Not sure of the plans for tomorrow yet, but heading out for some celebrations tonight. And everyone tell Shona how amazing she is for her incredible drive from Brisbane all the way to Cairns, that's pretty impressive.

I've also finally managed to put up some more pictures from the last few days so go and have a look at what you're missing!

- Lauren

Posted by LaurenSho 01:57 Archived in Australia

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