It was a mission but finally,there I was,living in beautiful Mission beach,just across the road from the palm beach,trough a banana farm,into the rainforest.In a shared house,where our living room and kitchen had no walls,just blending with the nature as birds landed on my head while eating cereal by the kitchen table.How randomly amazing.!I was shearing with my Chilean,a few Aussies,some other funny characters,two pony’s,some sheep’s,lots of beautiful land,and couple of staff´s who after a while become TWELVE!I was swimming in Puppies!
Mission beach is located just between Cairns and Townsville in Queensland Australia,it might be a little place and seem boring to some who is just passing through with the grey hound bus!But Mission is a hidden paradise,you want to have time to explore this place,there are many beautiful hikes to do,that would take you through desolate beaches,cliffs,rocks,rainforest,hills and river.You can spot beautiful butterflies in streams,lizards,snakes,wild parrots,swim with big sea turtles,and spot crocks if you are lucky,I only saw the traces,while I was hiking alone and swimming where the river conect´s to the sea,stupid ignorance Norwegian!!
Working as a waitress in a 5 star resort ritually ON the beach,it has an open restaurant and a blinding view.Folding napkins at the bar was a pleasure.Meeting guest from all over the world,giving tips about Mission as I was a local.It was amazing to me,to live like a local and to call this tropical place my home.
My Chilean was working aswell,in the Tully river,but we where lucky to have many days off together to play and explore the areas.Driving around in his car to the tables land where the weather is a bit colder but where you can swim in the waterfalls,in freezing cold water.Kayaking over to the beautiful Dunk Island,just spend the day enjoying the beach,beautiful nature and wild life.Bingil bay,a small little place next to mission,having the beaches all to our self,playing beachfotball,badminton,skating the streets,at lest he did!.3 dollars drinks at the local pubs,and late night bonfire at the beach.And swimming in the moonshine!
I was doing some freelancing in a hair salon aswell,and the owner was cool enough to let me ride his horses at the beach.Hard to describe that feeling,but it´s like freedom to me,galloping in full speed,connecting with the movements of the horse,the warm summer breeze is playing in you´re hair,salty water splashes youre skin,and the view of no ending palm beaches just makes youre eyes smile.
Just living this easy life in Mission with a state of ridiculous happiness,I now can relate to the saying “No, worries mate!” and why see how Australians is so layback.
While biking in the rainforest we also met a Cassowary mama with her baby.A southern Cassowary,its only to be found in the tropical forest in northeastern Australia,New Guinea,and some Islands nearby.So it´s quite a special experience to have met one.I`ve seen many,the bird is quite ugly to be honest,but its special because it’s an extant species,the third tallest and the second heaviest bird in the world.
After 3 moths in this little paradise,we where ready for some new adventure.And this time we decided to leave together.My visa of work and travels in Australia was about to expire,and I could not belive how fast this year has gone.So much different things I have experienced,so many different places I have been,so many souls I have met,many new things I have learned,I`m so grateful for everything,and it sure was bittersweet to leave,but one day I will return!
Until next time Straya!