We're making small improvements to the park every day, and little-by-little everything is coming together. Along the way we've had the help of the odd volunteer, including young Mr Jensen, who got bored in the kids playground across the street and decided to help strip paint instead.
On Tuesday, half the management of Dunk Island View Caravan Park decided to do a familiarisation of the Tropical Fruit Safari at Mission Beach tourist information office. The other half did like the second little piggy and stayed at home. Anyway, the "safari" runs Mondays and Tuesdays from 1pm to 2pm for only $5 per person. For those not overly familiar with tropical fruits, and that goes for most of the locals around here, this will blow your taste buds and fill you with lots of useful fruit-based knowledge (it turns out bananas are technically a herb). Our favourites were the Mangosteen, which tastes like fizzy lemonade, and the Abiu, which (no kidding) looks like a small melon but tastes like caramel.
On the last Sunday of every month, from Easter Sunday to November, Marc's Park on Cassowary Drive hosts the Monster Markets. The night before we had a couple stay with us who had a fairy light stall so we decided to venture out on our day off to check things out and say hello, and maybe buy a few interesting things for our families. Here are a few of the photos we took. Our favourites were the handmade baby clothes, with cassowaries and sea turtles, and the monkey banana stall!
Although she's been busy tiling and grouting the units to keep them in ship shape Megan has still found time to do a bit of wildlife photography next to the shed.
One of the fun things you can do here in Mission Beach is Fozzy's '3 Hour, 3 Island Tour' from Wongaling Beach to Dunk Island, Bedarra and Timana. It departs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12.30pm. If it's a nice day it's probably a good idea to book in advance because places fill up fast. We found this cool Google Virtual Tour so you can do it from your desktop, click here to see it.
Click here to check out our new brochure. And while I'm on here updating things here is a photo of a local, who we found hanging out in a wall while we were doing the nightly rounds.
The Tully Golden Gumboot Festival takes place next Saturday the 18th of May from 10.30am at Tully showgrounds. No idea what this is all about? Well, let the festival organisers explain...
Tully's reputation for being "A Pretty Wet Place" is celebrated each year at the Golden Gumboot Festival. The 'Gumboot Games' are a major feature of this family oriented festival, along with a float parade, Golden Girl Quest and a big afternoon of entertainment, music, displays, children's activities and food and market stalls. The festival is launched with a Quest Night, where Quest entrants are introduced and judging occurs. The Gumboot Festival is Tully's major annual festival and each year a community organisation or a community project is selected to benefit from the festival proceeds. Since the festival commenced in 2004 over $30,000 has been donated to local community organisations.
But why a gumboot?
Originally a rubber boot was awarded to the wettest town in Australia. Tully, Babinda and Innisfail vie for this honour every year. The idea of a Big Gumboot to enhance Tully's image and welcome visitors was embraced by Tully community bodies in 1997. The Tully Rotary and Lions Clubs obtained funding, donations and in-kind contributions from various sources. The total cost of the project was $90,000.
Ladies and gentlemen, campers, caravanners and children - we are officially open for business and bookings are streaming in. For those of you thinking about making a trip to the area, or just checking out the website, here is a decent video showing a snapshot of what Mission Beach has to offer.
Graham & Sue Denny have recently taken over management of the caravan park and will be posting updates from time to time on this page. This is the place to find out what's been going on and what exciting things we have coming up...