Tully is up in Far North Queensland, and its dubious claim to fame is that it is the wettest place in Australia, for which it receives the annual Golden Gumboot award. In the shadow of Mount Tyson, this town gets a massive 4400mm or so dropped on it each year, so it’s no Gobi Desert. Nevertheless, the sugar cane which, as predicted by explorer George Dalrymple on his second expedition in 1873, thrives in the region - along with bananas and tea crops - seem to take great benefit from the seemingly incessant rain. The favourite challenge up Tully way now is the whitewater rafting on the Tully River, for which people descend on the place from around the world. Just to the east of Tully lies Mission Beach looking out across the Coral Sea to Dunk Island whose palm-fringed shores were first imprinted on our minds in E.J. Banfield's Confessions of a Beachcomber which was first published in 1908. Dunk is now part of the Family Islands National Park.