Byfield State Forest to Seaforth
20.5.13 25 °C
What a reaxing time we had in the forest. Took a day trip to Rocky to the beautiful Botanic Gardens and the zoo.......really stunning gardens, where we sat and had lunch under the biggest Banyan Fig trees you could imagine. Sad to leave Red Rock Campground, apart from the hoards of families who arrived and surrounded us with their dogs and kids and tents and campers.
So many campers told us Carmila Beach was inaccessible due to soft sand, so we stopped at Clairview Caravan Park on the way up. What a funny little place, nothing but shacks along the waterfront and the caravan park, which has the shop, bar, bottle shop, post office, tourist information office, restaurant and beachfront. A bit like something in Fiji we thought, tables and chairs going all the way to the waters edge. We had the most delicious roast beef with all the trimmings for $13 each on Sunday night. And of course the "guests" are from all walks of life, some permanents, some travellers like us. We met a couple from Port Sorell who have sold their house and are living on the road and loving it.
Just 2 nights at Clairview then we headed through the roadworks again, to arrive at Cape Hillsborough National Park. We stopped at Mackay only to go to Bunnings, and found ourselves at Seaforth. It's a little fishing village just 40 km north of Mackay......just a servo and a general store and a bowls club.....where we went for a beer and won $61 on Keno. This campground is right on the water, but no swimming because of crocs and stingers! Miles of beautiful white sandy beach, 25 degrees, and not allowed to swim!! This park is $22 a night for no power, hot showers for 20c, water taps and bins. The bloke comes around and collects the money in the evening. We have, as usual met our neighbours, and had a hilarious sausage sizzle with a few of them last night, ending with lots of joke telling.
Joe has spent a fair bit of time today mucking about with our diesel heater in the van which is not working..........to no avail. As luck would have it there is a Webasto service agent just 10 minutes from Airlie Beach who is going to have a look at it tomorrow morning. We had a very cold night at the weekend where we had to fire up the hot water bottles, so it will be good to get the heater working.
Tomorrow off to Airlie Beach for a few days......might take a day trip to Hamilton Island for a treat! Joe has packed his paddle board away for now.....too many nasties in the water.