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Published: August 14th 2015
The 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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