The main reason we started this blog was so we could keep a record of our trip. It may also be useful to our family & friends who can look at it at whenever they want to rather than be inundated by Facebook posts.
Not sure when we are heading off yet, a couple of issues need to be finalised. Hopefully we can get away in June/July.
Emu Park south of Yeppoon for a couple of nights. Looks over Great Keppel & has the singing ship built in commemoration of Captain Cook who discovered the place.
Went up to Rocky to have a look at Archer Park Rail Museum. Built in 1889 it has been beautifully restored. A couple of locos inside. Ulrika enjoyed using the thunder box.
There most famous exhibit is the Purrey Steam Tram. Built in Bordeaux, France in 1909 it was used on Rockys tram system up until 1939. Great restoration.
Found this on the road into Rocky. It was the Lakes Creek Hotel & was originally built in 1895. It is currently closed. Great old Gothic building that is heritage listed.
A few other building that caught our attention.
This is St Christopher’s Chapel at Nerimbera. It was built & used in 1943 by the US Army that were camped in the area in WW2.
Found a golf course I had never heard of before. Unfortunately it closed in 2013 after opening in 2007. This makes three in the area that are closed as the two Iwasaki courses are shut as well.
Drive to Byfield & Nob Creek Pottery. Last time we were here was in the late 1990’s when I bought my Warlock & Witch that still hold pride of place in the unit. Unfortunately we found out today the artist who produced them is no longer with us.
Lunch at Byfield Cafe & you may notice it was raining.
Sunset from the top of the hill behind Emu Park & the puppy that was just hanging around.
Left Townsville & spent a night at Home Hill Showgrounds. They burnt a cane field just behind us with these stunning results. The Burdekin is the only area that still burns cane, all other areas cut green.
Also did a bit of a pub crawl. Only 3 pubs so didn’t take long
Next stop down the road was one of our favourites. The view from our caravan at Bowen is gorgeous, doesn’t matter if it is sunrise or sunset.
Headed down the road to Lucinda where we spent a few nights. We shared the site with old mate.
You may remember from last years post Lucinda has a 5.76km jetty that loads bulk sugar mainly for the Malaysian & Canadian markets.
Lots of cane trains around, found an oldie in retirement. Built in Leeds, England in 1914 it worked the Homebush Mill near Mackay & then the Victoria Mill before retiring in 1974.
In our never ending quest to discover waterfalls we headed up into the hills to have a look at Wallaman Falls. It is Australia’s highest permanent single drop waterfall at 268m. Ulrika even found a cow to play with.
Next stop a day trip to Hinchinbrook Island & a walk into Zoe Falls. Great, unspoiled spot that we both enjoyed. The hike up the hill to the top of the falls is a challenge (lucky we are both super fit 🙂 ).
First night at caravan park old mate wanders through.
Sunrise over Dunk Island.
Great day out at Charley’s Chocolate. We learnt a lot about growing cocoa & chocolate production. Who would have thought that cocoa has only been grown in Australia for the last 15 years (70% of world production is grown in Western Africa). It is only grown in a small area between Mossman & Tully due to the climatic conditions required by the cocoa tree. It is a fruit so therefore chocolate (over 70% cocoa) is healthy & is allegedly an aphrodisiac. Australia is the 7th highest consumer of chocolate in the world (Switzerland being the highest). It also tastes pretty good.
Kennedy Bay walking track from South Mission Beach. A rare Beach Stone Curlew.
Reluctantly, we left Port Douglas & headed to Paronella Park to catch up with Kim & Gwen. We were here last year but it was so good we couldn’t help but go back. So many photos, lots of laughs over dinner & a drink or two.
Did you know that the highest mountain in QLD is Mount Bartle Frere & is 1611m high.
At the base is Josephine Falls, one of the prettier falls we have come across. Can be dangerous to swim in, 5 deaths since 2007.
Around the corner is another pretty swimming spot called Golden Hole.
So we saw our first wild Cassowary & the bonus was it had two chicks with it. We were heading to Coquette Point & they appeared on the side of the road.
The view from Coquette Point back to Innisfail & Mt Bartle Frere.