Woke up feeling a little unsteady after way to little sleep. Went and put some money in the parking meter then packed. After checking out of the hostel I checked email and had an early lunch. I wasn't concerned about an early start since I figured it was no more than a four hour drive. However traffic was worse than expected (I expected none), and road construction everywhere slowed me up a bit. In the early afternoon I decided to get off the road and let the traffic pass - besides I deserved a break. Took some of the side streets through to Mission Beach - a delightful drive through some very serious rain forest. At the coast I turned back north looking for a good place for a break. At Dunkel Point just inside Clump Mountain National Park I found the perfect place. A long stretch of white sand backed by rainforest and more than a few coconut palms - and only three other people way at the other end. I was a little worried about stingers (potentially deadly jellyfish) so I getting wet was restricted to just wading out and dunking my head - but it was still heaps better than sitting in traffic. Spent a couple hours getting wet and drying in the sun, reading, and beach combing. Back on the road most of the construction had quit for the day and traffic was a lot lighter. I ended up getting in to Townsville after dark - a small price to pay for the beach time. Checked into the hostel that I had told the dive company I'd be staying at and had a confusing message from the dive club. Something about changing boats, but all I could really understand was that the weather was looking perfect for tomorrow and that they would pick me up at 6:15 tomorrow morning - hopefully everything is ok. Had a leisurely dinner and got to bed early - though not as early as I wanted to.