Friday 10th August
We filled up with water and headed north towards Mackay.
We called into Carmila Beach (86) on the way as it was recommended by a few people as a top spot. They were right, it was lovely, right on the beach but it was full. It is only tiny and has lots of very soft sand which limits access even more. I’m so glad we were not relying on it as a definite stop.
When we arrived, the tide was out, and I mean out. It would have been at least 400 to 500 metres.
Yes, that black speck is in fact two people!!!!!
We drove through to Mackay and shopped at Cane Land Shopping Centre. I rang two caravan parks and was told they were booked out. There had been a dreadful accident on the highway north and it was closed from 8.30 that morning and not expected to reopen till 10.30 that night.
On the off chance, we tried Bucasia Beach just outside Mackay and they had had a cancellation.
Ronnie cooked up steak for dinner – our first one since we left home!!!!!!!
Saturday 11th August
We drove out to Finch Hatton Gorge (another on our ‘must do’ list).
On the way out Indie got his feet wet!!!!
You can see why they call it that.
Ronnie improvised and we had toasted sangers.
Sunday 12th August
After watching Ronnie in action, I’m thinking of entering him in the Wood Chopping event at the Ekka.
(And if they have a wood yelling at and swearing at event, he would be in with a very good chance for Gold!)
Later we were joined for Sun Downers by Avril, a lady who has been travelling by herself for three years. Ronnie had seen her earlier and said she looked my type by the bright clothes she was wearing. It turned out she was also interested in photography and crafts as well.
Boulder to Bowen and Beyond
Monday 13th AugustAfter breakfast, I decided
there was no way I was leaving without having a go on the swing.We drove on to St Helens Beach and stopped and made a cuppa.
From there, we drove through to Proserpine. ‘Move on, nothing to see here’. So we drove on to Airlie Beach. We found a parking spot and walked along the foreshore. The water was beautiful but the beach itself left a bit to be desired
Tuesday 14th August
Ron fled to inside Indie and settled down with a good book for most of the day.
Funny Dunny Park
It is along 15 kilometres of dirt and costs $5.00 per family per night and it really does have a funny dunny!!!
It also has a lovely beach just 50 metres away. After lunch we went for a walk.
As we were walking through the water, Ron found a shell with a hermit crab inside.
Thursday 16th August
Another day in paradise…except for the biting nasties. We are both covered in bites.
The man came this morning to pump out the funny dunny and he advised we go for a quick walk because the pong would not be very funny; in fact he suggested that ‘it would be a bit ordinary’.
Later we met our neighbour, Jonothan and he invited us to share his campfire.
Heading to Home Hill
We drove back over our 15 kilometres of dirt through Farmer Brown’s paddock and past his cows.
Today is grocery buying, washing and general housekeeping day. The advantage being we have air conditioning today. The humidity is just starting to kick in.