July 2019 Week 24
Bucky spent two days at the Wyper Scout Campsite, a lovely bush camp surrounded by the river. We visited nearby Bunderburg, home of the Bundaberg Rum and ginger beer. We went to the Botanical Gardens, where dogs were allowed. Took Rusty for a long walk through the gardens, where we saw an autograph tree, Japanese and Chinese gardens and turtles. Cooked up vegetable sausages and ate with coleslaw. Facetime the folks in Mandurah. Went to Bargara Esplanade beach, I put my foot in the ocean, but too cold for a swim.
We travelled to Rockhampton, where we stayed one night at Fairdooley's Bush Camp, A small campsite with solar showers and kitchen facilities.
Left early in the morning and stopped at Guthalungra Rest Stop, a busy little spot, on the way to Townsville.
Arrived in Townsville, weather warming up. Stayed 2 nights at Mystic Golf and Country Club, where you can play free bowls and $20 for the golf course. Went for a 2hr beach walk to Balgal Beach. Unable to swim at the beach as tide out and warning signs for stingers (vinegar provided).
Toomulla Beach Rest area provided a free camp and our first ever view of a crocodile across the river. A fellow camper who is Indigenous told me 'that she wouldn't stand that close to the river', as I was only one metre from the muddy edge. The following morning we travelled to another free camp site at Babinda Rotary Park Rest area just outside of Cairns, We stayed 2 nights as it was a very nice spot with a clear river (no crocs) and $2 hot showers! We walked into the nearby town and had a look around. Went into an art gallery where we met the owner Mike who was displaying art by a local artist.