We left Ken’s camp near Taroom later in the day after a relaxing morning by the river. We were heading towards the coast as we were not able to go to Carnarvon Gorge National park due to the fire closures there. We followed the blue route below.
We stopped for lunch at Isla Gorge for lunch and did the walk out to the lookout with views down into the gorge. M
On the way we were forced to pull over for an oversize load with the full police escort. It was some kind of mining equipment.
We then headed to the town of Biloela for a night in a motel and a pub dinner. Our first night outside the caravan and not in the tent. Not so exciting, but nice to have clean feet for the evening. We headed the next morning to Mt Larcom and stayed in a caravan park that had just had one of the recent fires come right into the park, but not damage much and just missed the owner’s house. We could see Mt Larcom from the caravan and we went the next day to climb it. M
We headed towards the coast stopping in Miriam Vale at the Big Crab for some more Barramundi for lunch!
We then headed on to Agnes Water and the town of 1770 where Captain Cook stopped in 1770! For this reason they call it the birthplace of QLD. We had been through here a few years ago and really liked it. We decided we couldn’t handle the beach front caravan park we had booked and so got a camp spot on someone’s 5 acre property just out of town. It was a lovely spot and best of all quiet and private. The couple and their 2 children bought the 5 acres, 3 and a half years ago and had moved a gorgeous old house to the property and then fixed it up. They raved about living there having been in Brisbane before. We still love 1770, so much so we were looking at real estate. The people we met there were also encouraging us to buy a house or property and leave Sydney and the rat race. We will see. You can get an amazing house here, with turtles laying eggs on your beach out the front for less than the price of our unit in Cremorne! (and if you are willing to forgo beachfront, but still have wide ocean views on 2000 square metres we could get that for half the price of our unit -S), Tempting. Shame there is no work for us. M
The next day we headed into the Eurimbula Nat park to put the folding boat into middle creek. We spent the day exploring the mangroves up this tidal creek.
We also did a few walks around 1770 and Agnes Water
The last day we got a fishing charter boat out to Lady Musgrave Island. It was 2.5 hours on a small boat to go 50kms off shore. I was drugged to the hilt on Kwells, which kept me a bit subdued, but did the job. It was a beautiful Island fully surrounded by coral reef and a nice a calm lagoon that you can get boats into and protected. The coral was beautiful and in very good condition with this area of the reef being in good condition. The visibility of the water was very good and water temp 24deg. The Island is a migrating sea bird paradise and also very active with sea turtles laying eggs at the moment. There is only a composting toilet out there. No water. It is a national park and 40 people at a time can camp there with a volunteer “host” out there at all times. It is closed for a number of months during the turtle hatching season-which starts in about 6 wks from now. We saw a number of different birds out there but mainly terns. It was an amazing trip.
Underwater the reef was still in good condition as the southernmost Great Barrier Reef has escaped the coral bleaching that has killed much of the reef to the north. And of course there were plenty of coloured fish to see. We caught a glimpse of a white tipped reef shark, but surprisingly – no turtles. S