Another long driving day. At least today there was some different scenery. Had a long bit of flat marshland leading to some mountains - or at least big hills (the Great Dividing Range). Once I reached the east coast at Townsville I turned north (back on Highway 1 again) towards Cairns. The drive north was through alternating fields of sugar cane and bananas with occasional glimpses of the Pacific. My triumphant return to the beach and sun was marred by the weather - there was no sun. In fact from Charters towers until I got to Townsville it was overcast, and as I headed north it got darker and darker and the occasional drizzle got more and more frequent. In Cairns I quickly found a hostel (there are enough of them!). I called a doctor to make an appointment to look at my ears tomorrow (I've been having trouble with repetitive dives over multiple days for a few years and I want to find out what the problem is before I book a many day dive trip on the reef). Spent the evening doing laundry (which desperately needed doing). After the included dinner at the adjacent pub I sat around reading over a few beers.