Lake Eacham to Port Douglas. Monday 12 November
Before daylight there was a very heavy tropical downpour. Even so, we woke in plenty of time to pack and leave our luxurious retreat in Rainforest Cottages at Eacham Lake. Remnants of fruit were put out for the birds, and we were treated to the sight of a small marsupial and its baby rooting around for food on the wet leaves.
We left Lake Eacham soon after ten, and made our way via Yungaburra and Atherton to Mareeba, where we stopped for a coffee and a hat, and tried to buy some eclipse glasses. These weren't to be had anywhere, and half the town looked to be joining in the chase.
The coffee in McDonalds was rubbish. How had I expected any different? Well, the area looked cool and shady. . .
I directed us rather a long way round for our next leg - via Korunda. When we eventually joined the Captain Cook Highway we stopped for a break at Clifton Village, and lo! Eclipse glasses for sale.