Thursday was a long 520km drive to Mission Beach. Another Queenslander style B&B.
Today we set off to visit Tully Gorge, and came across the endangered and rare Cassowary bird! Next item of interest were the banana plantations – two varieties – natural and ready bagged! Then we came across Mango trees. At the head of the gorge the temperature hit 35 degrees – time to hit the beach for a swim. No stingers, sharks or even people!
A lazy day today – strolled along the board walk into Airlie Beach, watched stingrays in the marina. Drove to Dingo Beach for an afternoon swim on a deserted beach. The water was so warm and relaxing. Wildlife seen today included starfish, kangaroo (which moved and hopped), wallabies, kookaburra and two camels!
After leaving Eungella we drove through masses of sugar cane plantations. So a visit to the processing plant was a must. Fascinating! No free samples, but did get to dip our fingers in for a taste!
Just a short drive north to Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Isles. Lovely apartment over-looking the marina.
Leaving Rockhampton yesterday, sat nav said turn left in 306km! Long straight road, nowt but cattle and bush.
Now for something completely different – staying in bush cabin, high up in rainforest above Mackay. Quiet and peaceful. Watched platypus playing in the creek at dusk. Walk through rainforest today – avoided leeches and snakes!
30 degrees C, hot and dry.
First day of our journey north to Cairns. many thanks to Sharon at Alexander Lakeside B & B Hervey Bay for a fantastic 5 days.
Stopped en route at Agnes Waters and Town of 1770 where Captain Cook made his second Australia landing in 1770! By the number of boat trailers in the car park he set a good trend! Saw another 3 Roos – haven’t seen one move yet!
Arrived at Rockhampton at 5 pm, staying in a 1877 Queenslander.
Full day trip to Fraser Island – the largest sand island in the world. Four wheel drive coach took us along 75 mile beach and through the rain forest. We met our first dingo, experienced a beach take-off in a light aircraft, and paddled in a pristine lake. To cap it all, we saw our first wild kangaroos!
First job of the day – check the car – oh dear the spare tyre is flat – another trip to Thrifty – two new tyres later we’re off to see the Queenslander houses at Maryborough. A stroll round the market then back to B&B for a relaxing afternoon by the lake.
Full day on a catamaran in platypus bay, looking for whales. Saw over thirty whales mainly females with calves. Young males escorting the females charged at the boat. Also saw a sea eagle, flying fish and dolphins. What a fantastic day.
A stroll down the pier is what we set out to do – watched the sharks circling under the pier, bad omen. While taking this photo HUGE ant bit Liz’s toe. It really hurt! Set off to chemist Bang the rear tyre’s flat and split. Thrifty don’t change tyres – you get a new car, not only that 2 upgrades as well!
Liz out at crack of Dawn running. Breakfast on the lakeside. Turtles arrive for their breakfast.
View from our penthouse suite.
Just had to have a paddle