Baby in Palm Cove
By Sara, mother of Peggy, 2
I’d been to Palm Cove a couple of times in a distant fancy free life and always thought what a great place it would be to go with children, not least because there were so many of them about. So with Peggy and big brother Raffie in tow, plus a friend and her five year old twins, off we set. The trip up was fine – it’s three and a bit hours and there was enough going on to distract. We arrived on a cloudy afternoon in Cairns and made the 45 minute journey to Palm Cove by pre-arranged transfer. We even saw wallabies (“WOBBLIES!!”) on the way. As tipped off by the manager at our resort we had ordered online from the nearest Coles and what a great idea that was – no worries about getting all the baby faves that I’ve come to rely on!
The next morning we woke up to the sound of rain and that set the tone for the next four days. Unseasonal low… unheard of, apparently. But that didn’t dampen the spirits and all that. Instead of our beachy, pooly dreams, we did lots of activities such as Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures which was a brilliant fun day out for all (thank goodness I took the big stroller so Peggy could sleep through the best bits) and a trip up to Kuranda markets, coming back via cable car. Peggy slept through the best bits of that as well.
Back at base we ate in a couple of nights and on the last evening we discovered the pub which had a children’s play area. It was a bit ‘big girl’ for Peggy but the great thing about family pubs is there are generally other babies/children there who are louder and more irritating than your own which always helps me to relax!