Bundaberg, again.


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August 14th 2015
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The new boardwalk at Emu ParkThe new boardwalk at Emu ParkThe new boardwalk at Emu Park

Doug reading the plaques at the beginning of the walk
We're back following the tracks we made going north with a few diversions. While we were staying at Yeppoon, we had another visit to Emu Park. The boardwalk is now finished and we had a good close look at their nearby new war memorial. Along the boardwalk are plaques commemorating battles from the first World War and quite a few things are planned to be added to the walkway. A painting on glass of the landing on Gallipolli sits on the hill in front of the water, it's all very impressive and well done for the small town that Emu Park is.

It's always hard/near impossible to get into Agnes Waters, but sometimes we can be squeezed into the caravan park at its twin town, 1770 - so named because Captain Cook visited in that year, although he called it Bustard Bay. It's very pretty there, the caravan park is on the river front with very nice walks along the beach and magnificent sunsets from the beach. However, a strong wind had come up and was blowing straight off the water, so we decided against staying, though I did order a swimming costume made to order from the shop in Agnes Waters before we left the area.

We booked the two extra nights in Bundaberg and weren't we glad we did. That evening it blew a gale and we had very heavy rain. We've been catching up, washing, shopping, organising. Today we went to Bargara Beach once more and walked along the beach. We're forever scanning the horizon for whales - we always see so many on these trips but not a one this time. We bought seafood for lunch and sat at the water's edge in the sunshine, scanning the horizon and watching the passing parade. Nearby was a children's playground, a giant turtle that can be climbed through, over or slid down. Turtles come ashore to lay eggs in this area at Mon Repos each year, from November to March.

http://www.bundabergregion.org/discover-the-turtles

That cool wind is still around, everyone comments on how much cooler it is this year than others. Today was just 23C, not too bad for winter so we shouldn't complain. And of course, there's macadamias and strawberries. There was another magnitude 4 earthquake off Frazer Island again today but we didn't feel a thing.

Doug ventured across the desert sand of Elliot Heads today and realised the river still runs out to the sea, it's just changed direction and is a lot further over. Rivers and creeks aren't running all that cleanly, if at all, a good lot of rain is what's needed - 80% of Queensland is in drought and it's very dry.

We are flying home from the Sunshine Coast for a week, to organise our lives and we'll then come back to continue our holiday. It would be good if it would rain up here while we're home!


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Painting on glassPainting on glass
Painting on glass

This was hard to photograph but looks so good, the boats landing on Gallipoli with the sand and ocean in the background
Bargara BeachBargara Beach
Bargara Beach

Rocks are from the Hummock volcano eruption many many years ago
Overlooking BargaraOverlooking Bargara
Overlooking Bargara

The deck where we had our lunch


16th August 2015

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Hi...we're enjoying your escapades & wish you well. We're sorry to hear about the drought in Queensland. We have a major one in California, & most of the West is quite dry, but we've had a fair amount of rain in the Midwest. Take care.
16th August 2015

Yes, though we've been in some lovely lush rainforest areas, a lot of the state is dry and in need of good rain. I hope you're enjoying your RV travels.

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