Monday, January 16, 2017

Lifes a beach at Sarina

                                       Happy New Year
     2017 is here and life is grand.  Happily spending our time taking all things easy.
Bubbler Sand Crab hole and sand balls

Christmas, as usual for us, was fairly quiet.  The New Year arrived without fanfare and we are all having a ball at Campwin. Dot and Yip thoroughly enjoying the beach walks, playing in the surf, digging up crabs and trying to catch the small fish in the rock pools and waves.  
     The Bubbler Crabs on the beach are in the millions, they leave pretty patterns in the sand as they dig their homes and have to renew them each tide, very busy little creatures. The photo is of the smaller ones but there are lots of bigger ones as well, the balls of sand that they leave behind are sometimes as big as large gob stopper marbles (remember those?), the big ones are what Dot and Yip like to dig up, usually having a bit of a chase with them before they expire!!

Speckled Sand crab at Campwin Beach
      Yip has a lot of fun in the surf chasing the Speckled Sand Crab which we have found between about 1 inch to 2+1/2 inches round. They can swim and dig themselves into the sand quick smart, making Yip wonder where they have disappeared to.

Surfs up at Campwin beach





                       So life really is a beach for us at present, and we are loving it.

Very relaxed at the Christmas Carols at Sarina Beach
We had a nice time at the Christmas Carols at
Sarina Beach.  It was well supported, sitting on the sand with every one, even the pups seemed to enjoy the attention. 

Mini B-Double loaded for the dump



     Over the Christmas break we were busy cleaning up a part of the section, keeping ourselves out of trouble but totally worked out.   Jim had a tow-bar fitted to the Jimny and we hired a trailer to do the job.  All was well except for our overworked bodies.




          We have settled in to suburbia for the time being and all is well with us.   
                               Up date again in the future   Chow for now


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Parked up at Sarina

     We have decided to take a break for some time and have settled at Campwin beach east of Sarina. Will be spending the next year here, deciding what we will do.
     Campwin beach is a lovely quiet beach side village with friendly locals, white sand beachs to walk the puppies on each day, less than 10 minutes from Sarina which has everything that one would need.

     Spending my time unpacking Dilligaf and seeing the sights around the area.

Boat ramp at Freshwater point
              While we were waiting for the real estate to grant us the privilege of renting one of their  properties, we were lucky enough to meet a local that said we could park up at his place out towards Armstrong beach, he has a few acres and plenty of room to put us up for as long as we needed.
     We ventured out there on Wednesday 2nd. I drove to Freshwater point to have a look, as it was only up the road a bit, nothing much there but residential area, the view from the boat ramp toward the south was outstanding.

     To cut a long story short we finally secured the house we are now in at Campwin beach on Friday 4th. It is unfurnished and we have gathered a few essentials over the last couple of weeks.
Campwin beach - low tide
Campwin beach - high tide
                                                    On the 14th the spectacle of the super moon, when the moon was the closest to earth since 1948, saw some really big tide movement, from less than half a metre up to 6 metres. The local beach at Campwin was something to see with the contrasting tides as the photo's show.
Marine life at Low tide Campwin beach
 

     At the lowest tide there was a veritable marine garden to behold, just like diving on a reef - without the water. This photo shows only a small sample of what was actually there to be seen, I was pleasantly amazed at the sight.




Turtle tracks on Sarina beach
     Sarina beach and Campwin beach are among the few beaches along this coast which host Marine Turtles from November, to lay thier eggs. A huge effort on their behalf, to drag themselves up the beach and lay the eggs at the highest point they can get above high tide then drag themselves back to the water, leaving the eggs to look after themselves until they hatch.   Walking the beach on Wednesday 16th, early morning, we found these tracks of a turtle as it made it's way up the beach and back to the water. Each drag mark is nearly three feet wide with the flipper marks on each side of the drag mark. The turtle never laid this time, hopefully she will try again.

Sun setting on coal ships at Hay Point

   

     While I was at the lookout trying to get some photo's of the super moon on the 14th, the ships waiting to get in to Hay Point were lit up by setting sun, they stood out like beacons on the horizon, jewels on the ocean!
Sunset from lookout at Campwin



Then as the sun went down this glorious scene begged to be photographed - lovely!!

     Will blog again when I have anything interesting to blog about.  Cheers 'til then.




Tuesday, November 1, 2016

15th to 31st October - going south

                     Saturday 15th
 Townsville port early Sat. morn
    The Townsville air show was a blast!!  Although we started out parked a bit far away, we moved a closer and saw most of the display.
     the picture left is the view over the ocean from where we first parked up on Port road.


      We spent the weekend and the first few days of the week at Currajong, doing a bit of shopping and catching with a few friends before departing on Thursday 20th, making our way south.

                     Friday 21st
     We got as far as Homehill yesterday spending the night at the comfort stop, it is a well set up stop-over with laundry, showers etc. I made use of the laundry while there.
    

Jim enjoying a drink on the verandah
     Traveling on today we had breakfast at a rest area south of Bowen and lunch at Bloomsbury, making about 240 km this morning. Refueled Dilligaf at the servo here and continued to the Leap Hotel about 20km north of Mackay. The hotel here has a camp area free to use,  just have a beer or something at the pub. We had a takeaway dinner and a drink or two, as the picture of Jim here shows.
             
                         Saturday 22nd
The Leap mountain
     The hotel and few residences (most of whom (I think) would commute to Mackay to work) rests in the hollow of hills and mountain's. The morning was pretty cool with a heavy dew on the ground. We walked to the base of this hill this morning before leaving for Sarina fairly early.


Shadows on the beach at Cape Palmerston
Once in town we had to wait for the real estate to open, we are looking at establishing a new home base.  We went on to Cape Palmerston Holiday park by mid morning on Saturday for the weekend. The beach is lovely and we enjoyed a walk and a splash.

Sunset at Cape Palmerston
          The sunset was very colourful with our bus in the fore.




                             Monday 24th
Marion creek - low tide
Marion creek - high tide
     We ventured to Notch Point road to find a quiet camp spot on the bank of Marion creek. I was amazed see the water rushing up the creek as the tide came in, it went from a sand filled stream to a wide and pretty river, the tides vary by about 5 mtrs, huge movement in my book, never seen the like. I tried my luck at fishing on the high tide resulting in one whiting. GREAT!
    The two photo's of the creek show a little of what I saw between the high and low of the tides.
     We stayed here until Thursday then ventured in to Sarina.

                Thursday 27th
    After restocking the larder at  Woolworth's this morning and checking the real estate we drove out to Sarina beach where we had a look at a property, spending a couple of days there. The beach is long and the tide goes out a long way but it is all sand no matter what the tide.

Coal loading terminal at Hay point


                    Saturday 29th
      Drove around the corner to Campwin beach this morning where we had a good view of the coal loading terminal at Hay Point, south of Mackay, and the surrounding seascape. BEAUTIFUL!! I counted 13 ships waiting to get into the wharf to do what they do.

      Later in the afternoon we drove back into Sarina township parking near the sports park for the next couple of days.
               
                         Sunday 30th
     The local showground markets are on today, held on the last Sunday of every month. I took a drive out to have a look, it is a huge market with all sorts of anything that you might want (and some you may not). I only had a quick look as I will take more time when it comes around again next month.

                         Monday 31st
                  Awaiting real estate agents!! 
     October is over! I'll blog again in November.
  

Friday, October 14, 2016

Moving On again 1st to 14th

          Another month - The first few days in October passed with a rush, not much happening.     
     On the 4th we spent the afternoon at Meunga creek, lazing in dappled shade under the huge trees on the banks and having a splash in the water, the weather is hot and humid at present - so a great way to be cool. Couple of photos of Dot and Yip at the creek and a short video of them doing what they like to do.
Dot in the water at Meunga creek

Yip at Meunga creek

                   






Vannessa and the pups in Cardwell
                            


                                    Sunday 9th,
     Taking a walk on the wild side!! well - almost - a short stretch of track through the scrub at Cardwell.

   

                        Monday 10th
                   Last morning in Cardwell
     While walking the dogs this morning along marine parade, as we have been doing for some time, the huge crocodile that frequents the area came to bid us au revoir, nice to catch sight of it before we departed, it swam under the jetty while we watched with everyone else. 

Dilligaf at Bushy Parker Park   
     We got away early morning, stopping in Ingham on the way through to restock the larder making our way to Rollingstone by midday. A very quite RV park in Bushy Parker park with Rollingstone creek to one side.
The water was beautifully cool and clear and we enjoyed a splash this afternoon.

                     Tuesday 11th
     All of 20km to Bluewater this morning by 9 o'clock. The creek here has considerably less water than when we where last here a month ago, but enough to have a swim with the pup's. Found further down the creek the water has stopped flowing, the need for rain in these parts is evident, there are water restrictions in place. 
     A couple of chickens roaming the camp area, Yip has been keeping a keen eye on them, she would love to have one or both.!!
     We will be here for a couple of nights while we attend to appointments in Townsville,  first one tomorrow and another next Wednesday and the airshow on the weekend, so will just puddle around over the next few days going wherever the fancy takes us.

                      Thursday 13th
     Overcast this morning and a bit humid. To Saunders beach. We were paddling in the sea by 8.45am, the girls had a ball chasing the waves and a couple of small fish in the surf. Will overnight here and make our way to Currajong on Friday to be in the right place for the air show on Saturday.

                Back after the weekend

Thursday, September 29, 2016

End of September at Cardwell

                                    Still here!
   Not much happening, the weather is warming up, must be almost time to head south!

     A lovely day spent at Murray Falls  about 40km north west from Cardwell on Tuesday 27th. Gail came for the ride along with Dot and Yip of course. It was a bit crowded due the school holidays at present but there was room for us and the water was cool and clear, ducked in for a splash a few times. Some photo's of the day-
Vannessa + Yip at the bottom of Murray falls
 May not be able to see it here, but-
             If you look closely behind me over the top of my right shoulder there is a very tiny man standing on the cliff face!! a trick?? I don't know, it was there when I downloaded it to the computer.  (Do-Da-Do-Da - Whew!  -  weird!!)

Murray falls gorge
     
Murray Falls Queensland








What ever! the day was splendid.





           September is almost gone, there will be some movement from us next month.  I 'll let you know when something happens.
                  Catch all in October





Friday, September 23, 2016

15th to 23rd Back to Cardwell

              Wednesday 15th
    Today we departed Sarina, a beautiful  part of the country, We both like the area and the weather has been lovely. We got away fairly early  hoping to make Merinda again where we stopped on the way down.
      We did well until a bit south of Proserpine we had a blow out,  just what we needed
-NOT-!!! Ahh well, such is the life on the road, not a nice way to depart with our cash. To continue on - A bit north of Proserpine we had to stop again, this time for a roadside Queensland Transport check, breath test and licence etc, which Jim passed with flying colours.  All good and we arrived at our first destination early afternoon.

               Friday 16th 
     Homehill today.  The cowboys rugby game on tonight which Jim watched at one of the local hotels.  Easy going day.

               Saturday 17th
     Stopped in Townsville on our way through to purchase some more meat for the dogs, then on to Bluewater for a spell. Took the pups for a swim in the Bluewater creek, lovely cool clear water, I ducked in myself for a splash, very nice.
     Moved on to Rollingstone late in the afternoon to park up outside the hotel. A great walk to Bushy Parker Park with the dogs and a swim in the creek.
Rollingstone creek at Bushy Parker Park

Dot+Yip at Rollingstone

    


Dot and Yip had fun in the water, the creek is pretty, great place to camp if it were allowed.

                            Sunday 18th
      Some more driving practice for me this morning. We left Rollingstone early with me in the drivers seat, all went well and Jim took over again north of the Cardwell range. On to Gail's residence where we hitched the trailer back to the bus and resumed our spot at Landsdown street where we will be for the next couple of weeks or so.

                           Friday 23rd
      The weather is warming up! Jim has been busy over the last few days doing some maintenance, oil change, replaced the fuel filters and one thing and another. I have been busy taking it easy. FEW!!! life is tough you know!!
                 That's it for now, catch up soon.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 5th to 14th - Sarina to see My brother

                Monday 5th
     We moved our rig to Gail's place to un-hitch the Trailer from the bus so we can travel to Sarina and back without the car or trailer, not going to be needing them on this trip. We are on our way tomorrow to catch up with my little brother, whom I haven't seen for about four years, looking forward to catching up with him and his partner Virginia.

                Tuesday 6th

Yip and Dot at Balgal beach  6.9.16
     Made our way to Ingham first up this morning to attend to some business and do a larder restock.  Only traveled as far as Balgal Beach by lunch time. We camped the night at the R.V.camp, spending the afternoon relaxing and taking the pup's for a walk on the beach. They had a ball running and exploring.
This photo and video tell the story of their antics.

                       Wednesday 7th
Sunrise at Balgal beach
     It is a beautiful sunny day today, walking the beach this morning resulted in another sunrise photo opportunity, as in this picture.
  Left Balgal beach mid morning with me as the chief pilot. Heading for Townsville and our good friends Gill and Steve.      
     I really need more driving practise, I did not feel particularly relaxed and only drove a few kilometers to Yabulu roadhouse. Jim resumed the drivers chair and took us comfortably to Boundary road, south Townsville, where we stocked up with dog meat from Supreme Pet Meats, they specialise in kangaroo meat, which our puppies love.
      On to the new boat ramp parking area to park over night. A lovely 2 or 3 hours catching up with gill and Steve in the afternoon. Tried my luck fishing off one of the pontoons without any result catch wise, but it was good fun.
             
                                    Thursday 8th
Port access road bridge Townsville

Sun up on another great day.
     Left the port area early to beat the business traffic to make Jim's appointment in Ross River Road, which is at 9.30 am. A bit early but we found a park and had a coffee 'til it was time. 
     Nearly lunch time by the time we were ready to head south. Refueled the bus in Ayr and traveled on to Home hill early afternoon. the Homehill comfort stop is in the middle of town and has all that one needs, hot showers, toilets, laundromat and a camp kitchen if needed. I made use of the laundry facilities. Visited the shops to catch up on some goodies I wanted and took it easy 'till dinner.             Time to rest for the night and be ready for another day tomorrow.

                          Friday 9th
     Bit of moisture this morning with light drizzle rain, cleared to a nice day later in the morning. From Homehill to just north of Bowen today, parked behind the Merinda hotel, The footy is on tonight so here we are 'till Saturday.

                           Saturday 10th
     It's a beautiful day today. We made our way into Bowen to avail ourselves of some fresh fish from the fishermans co-op shop. Got some fresh prawns and fish fillets.We parked up for a while and I took some pictures of our stay.
Jim and Dilligaf at Bowen


Dilligaf at Flagstaff Hill, Bowen

Whitsunday Islands from
Bowen




Decided we will go all the way to Sarina today and called the Van park to make sure they could accommodate us a couple days early, no  problem! I did another stint of driving and feel a whole lot more comfortable this time. We arrived at the Sarina Palms Caravan Village early afternoon, checked in and set up camp. 


 Went for a walk to town and found this statue, bit ugly but there it was. Back to camp and a relaxing evening.
Cane toad statue mid town Sarina



                       Sunday 11th
     Took a tour of the Sarina Sugar Shed today! very interesting to learn the ins and outs of how the sugar mill works, it is a mini version of the real thing. The best part was the tasting of the products they make, Rum and rum liquor along with various other spirits and sauces, chutneys etc. The Rum liquor was to my liking so I purchased a small bottle. The Rum itself is $99.00 a bottle, I don't like rum that much but Jim does so I bought him a sample 50ml bottle at $12.00. A lovely way to spend my day.      
     The Van park plays host to an odd array of statues - elephants, crocodile, Brolga, emu, giraffe, rhino, an ape and many more. this photo of a rhino beside Dilligaf was fun, and Jim had a bit of a laugh with a baby elephant. (He's so funny sometimes)
One of the many statues at Sarina van park
 
Ride 'em, Cow-Jim at Sarina



     Took the dogs for a walk later in the after noon and prepared to wait for my brother to arrive sometime tomorrow.

                                    Monday 12th
     Trying to be patient!  Went to the supermarket to get food for dinner, a B.B.Q. and salad, simple.
     finally they arrived at about 8pm. A long day for us all but we sat up burning the midnight oil 'til fairly late anyway.

                         Tuesday 13th
     What a great day!! Spent the day with Karl (my brother) and his partner Ginny, starting the morning looking at photos, a late breakfast, and lots laughter and chatting.
From left-Ginny, Me, Karl and Jim sitting at camp Sarina


Karl+Ginny with the ape at Sarina
 He hired a car,so we took a drive to some of the local beaches, leaving Jim at camp dog sitting. Stopped at the Leagues club for a beer and a game of pool or two then back to the van park for dinner more laughter and gas bagging!!  Another late night but I had a ball.

                            Wednesday 14th
     Coffee and toast for breakfast. Bit sad, they have to go home today, short but sweet get together.