Sunday, August 12, 2012

Holiday Planning Part II: The Panicking

Last week we ticked over into August and I realised our holiday was this month! and I started freaking out.  Dave bemusedly said he was just surprised it had taken me so long to go into panic mode.  The time from initial planning back in April had gone surprisingly fast.  I started my Lists - one of things to buy before we left and one of things to remember to pack/prepare, bought a couple of things, and felt much more in control.  But I still didn't have a finalised itinerary, so that's how I spent today.  We decided to go north and do the Reef.  The itinerary has a good mix of caravan park, camping ground, and hostel accommodation, with plenty of rest days with no or minimal driving.  We get to see everything we wanted and have plenty of cheap or free activities mixed in with a couple of more expensive trips out to the Reef.

We're only 2 weeks out now so the excitement is starting to kick in!

Day  1, 167km: Home → Dicky Beach, stopping at the Abbey Museum if we have time (or can do on the way back)
Day  2, 0km  : Australia Zoo
Day  3, 226km: Eumundi Markets, then Dicky Beach → Hervey Bay
Day  4, 292km: Dawn whale watching trip, then Hervey Bay → 1770 (yes, the town is really called 1770!)
Day  5, 0km  : Lady Musgrave Island Day Trip
Day  6: 233km: 1770 → Rockhampton, eat at the Criterion Hotel
Day  7, 482km: Rockhampton → Airlie Beach
Day  8, 0km  : Whitsundays Day Trip - possibly on the Camira
Day  9, 275km: Airlie Beach → Townsville, check out the Reef HQ
Day 10, 0km  : Magnetic Island Day Trip
Day 11, 163km: Townsville → Girringun National Park via Mutarnee (to visit Mango Mania) and Lucinda (to see the jetty)
Day 12, 175km: Wallaman Falls, then Girringun National Park → Mission Beach, possibly do a Spirit of the Rainforest tour
Day 13, 136km: Mission Beach → Cairns via the MaMu Rainforest Walkway, possibly do a Reef Teach
Day 14, 0km  : Kuranda Day Trip via the railway and cableway
Day 15, 0km  : Green Island Day Trip
Day 16, 0km  : Fitzroy Island Day Trip
Day 17, 64km : Agincourt Reef Day Trip from either Cairns or Port Douglas, and drive Cairns → Port Douglas
Day 18, 82km : Port Douglas → Cape Tribulation via Mossman Gorge (for a Dreamtime Walk) and the Daintree Discover Centre
Day 19, 305km: Cape Tribulation → Mena Creek and Paronella Park via the Waterfalls Circuit
Day 20, 428km: Mena Creek → Charters Towers
Day 21, 392km: Explore Charters Towers, then Charters Towers → Airlie Beach
Day 22, 0km  : Hardy Reef Day Trip
Day 23, 462km: Airlie Beach → Capricorn Caves
Day 24, 322km: Explore the Capricorn Caves, then Capricorn Caves → Bundaberg
Day 25, 311km: Bundaberg Rum Factory Tour, then Bundaberg → Dicky Beach
Day 26, 167km: Dicky Beach → Home, stopping at the Abbey Museum if we missed it on the way up

Total: 4682km

Phew!  That is a really long way!  There are a couple of things we can cut down if I'm just getting too sick of driving - we don't *really* need to go any further north than Cairns, but I'm quite keen to get up to Cape Trib and see the literal "end of the road".  We could also cut out the Charters Towers side trip.  We have several days in Cairns that we can expand or contract if needed.  All in all, I'm really looking forward to the trip.  15 more sleeps!