Thanks to the awesome team at JUCY rentals and Tourism Tropical North Queensland, I was given the opportunity to go back to one of my favourite locations in Australia, this time driving up the coast in the funkiest Camper Van I've ever driven in! ( ....also the only camper van I've driven in, but it's still really freakin' cool!)
Look, if I'm being perfectly honest I'm maybe a little bit of a princess in terms of you know, comfort and convenience. I probably wouldn't be jumping with joy if I was told I had to camp in a tent or sleep on the beach or be anywhere where there's dirt and bugs and stuff. However, staying in a caravan park and sleeping on top of a JUCY Champ Camper was one of the most fun-filled nights I've ever had! The Camper is super comfortable and literally has everything you might need including a pop up dining table and a little kitchen type set up at the back. I had the best nights sleep and I would be more than happy to camp in one again.
So now I wanted to share with you all, my top favourite spots in the Tropical North Queensland area in the hope of inspiring you to grab one of these awesome JUCY vans and see what you've perhaps been missing out on!
First stop, Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets. I absolutely lOVE markets. I cannot drive past one without stopping for a poke around. This market sure delivered the goods. It's super hippie and filled with a lot of tie-dye things and handmade crafts. I bought so many little gifts for my friends back home including this super cute little painted hanging pot made from a coconut shell!
Emerald Creek falls was also a spot well worth a visit. We had to walk a little while to get there from our parking spot so by the time we got to the water fall we were all hot and sweaty and so desperate to take a dip in the lovely cool water. If I'm ever going to take a hike in the heat of summer I would only do it if there was a prize like this at the end.
The Curtain Fig Tree was one of the most fascinating things I've seen in nature. I just couldn't draw my eyes from it! Estimated to be over 500 years old and around 50 metres tall, the tree was created when a single seed begin to grow in the "armpit" of another tree. The seed sprouted and the roots began to grow towards the forest floor. over hundreds of years, it grew so large that it started to strangle the tree that it was living on top of causing the host tree to break and fall against a neighbouring tree at a 45degree angle. The roots continued to grow downwards creating the craziest looking curtain effect. Nature is seriously weird.
One of my favourite things to do when I'm on holiday and exploring a new place is to scope out some trendy little cafes. If you're in the area, do not miss out on breakfast at Petals and Pinecones. This was the most beautifully decorated coffee shop with a whimsical, vintage vibe. The menu was unlike anything I've seen anywhere else. Charcoal shooters? Unicorn milkshakes? It was so magical and I felt like an overly excited child when my breakfast came out in front of me all decorated in fairy floss and sprinkles.
Finally, Paronella Park is also worth an honourable mention. This park has it's own very interesting history and is filled with 5 acres of beautiful rainforest garden. The main attraction of this stunning place is the ruins of a great spanish castle... Yep, castle ruins in the middle of the rainforest! I would very much liked to have spent an entire day exploring what the park had to offer, but after a quick picnic by the waterfall and some photos in the bamboo forest we then head off to our next destination. I want to mention as well, that when walking past the cafe before leaving, the smell of whatever was cooking in the kitchens is still engrained in my memory. I don't know what it was, but I want to go back here just to eat whatever they were serving!!
Below are a few photos taken on this trip featuring a few of the wonderful new friends I made while over there. Katie, Kelsey & Cam and Evie & Emmie were so much fun to road trip with and are also very talented at what they do. Give them a follow on Instagram to check out some of their work! I want to give a special thanks also to our wonderful host Katy from JUCY who made the trip so enjoyable but also kept us on schedule. Thanks!