Another great week in North Queensland – 3 totally different experiences.
Cape Hillsborough provided us with a perfect haven – being nature lovers we had opportunities to see 100’s of butterflies while taking bush walks, watch kookaburras and wild budgies next to the van, dismiss bush turkeys, view kangaroos feeding on the beach at sunrise, watch 1000’s of sand blasta crabs weave their marvel, fish, again unsuccessfully, bird watch and beachcomb. Relaxing – you bet
EUNGELLA NATIONAL PARK
Further down the valley, within Eungella National Park was Finch Hatton our base while visiting the park. The Gorge at Finch Hatton has a waterfall renowned for flowing all year round, and fresh-water swimming holes, combine that with walking tracks, Finch Hatton is one of the most popular spots in the Pioneer Valley. We stayed at the Showground which is rated as one the most picturesque in Australia. Hard to argue with that.
At Euengella National Park we based our walk between the Sky Window and Broken River, it offered a fantastic rain forest walk – only issue after walking 7.5km one way – we turned around and did the journey back to broken river. We did spot the elusive platypus – our time hunting these creatures has now been declared over by me – lots of time for a small glimpse of Australia’s mammals known as a monotreme, one which are distinguished from all other mammals because they lay eggs. Euengella has a spectacular drive up the mountain to the top – the views down the valley were astounding.
The Pinnacle Hotel is located in the Pioneer Valley have been famous for their “Pinnacle Pies” for a number of years. The pies are made on site with eight different varieties. I only got to taste one. Outstanding!
MACKAY – A MOMENT IN HISTORY
We arrive at a Andergrove Van Park (Top Tourist) – Julie demands I come in and meet the manageress who asks her if she ever lived in Kalgoorlie? Yes she replies. Next question you know a Mr Galbraith who was a teacher in Kalgoorlie. Yes – she says he is in the car Well he caned me when I was a student – I enter the office to meet one Kathryn Docherty some 30 years after dishing out Kalgoorlie style behave yourself for students – even girls – DEJAVU!
Today we have moved down the coast about 400km to Yeppoon – just north of Rockhampton – time to try relaxation – beach walking and fishing again.