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Fisherman Beach

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  • Day36

    Headbanging on Great Keppel Island

    November 16, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    “It's back! Sunset Sessions is coming back to Great Keppel Island Hideaway, Saturday 16th November!
    Join us for a full day of live music and fun in the sun. Further info & line up coming soon...”

    Whooo - obviously our entire trip has hinged on being at an idyllic island to hear good music played very badly 😊

    We had hoped to get on a snorkelling tour of the island, but they were full. Instead we caught a boat across, somewhat mystified why young peeps were going across with cases of beer. When we arrived at around 10:30, the music was already in full swing and the sand too hot to walk on with bare feet. Head banging was underway. 1,600 people were expected to be there by later in the evening.

    We stopped for the obligatory refreshment, checked out the dive shop and then rented mask, snorkel and fins and set off to walk to another beach. The guy in the dive shop told us the path was steep, but he’d “taken some old .... it’ll be OK. I think he realised he was taking to some aged people.

    The path was steep and the weather was hot. What I need to pass on is the danger of brimmed hats - maybe all hats are brimmed otherwise they’re a beanie or similar. Anyway, walking along wearing a brimmed hat, looking down, watching where we put our feet to ensure we don’t trip on the rocks and the exposed roots, well the brim stops you seeing what’s at eye level and WHACK, we walk straight into low hanging branches. Head banging again. You’d think we’d learnt but no, WHACK again.

    The beach was beautiful and deserted. A number of boat were moored 150m off the beach, near the reef. What, we have to swim 150m to the reef? We didn’t make it, not through exhaustion, it was just unnerving and a bit disconcerting. We’ll do it another way. Had a good swim, a bit of a sunbathe and then back up the hill back to the main beach.

    The trip back was distinctly rough. I thought that catamarans are supposed to be stable but this was going all over the place. Sick bags were offered. Those sat outside were enjoying the spray from the waves. What would the boats returning with the young revellers be like? Bun spotted a turtle just as we had slowed down to go into the port.

    The campsite had sent a minibus to collect us and take us back to the site. That morning, on the way to the port driver showed us a colony of fruit bats and a nest that a pair of Ospreys had made on the lights in the marina, we must try to get some photos, but no sign of any birds.

    Back to Bertha for a shower, change and then hit the town.
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  • Day37

    Capricorn Caves

    November 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 27 °C

    Sometimes the most unexpected places deliver a treasure. I have visited a number of caves since I was a young boy. I have been lucky enough to go pot-holing, plus we have the internationally acclaimed caves at Wookey Hole where we have taken the kids.. I was not expecting these caves to astound me.

    We decided to go to these caves because they have good reviews. They are technically above ground. “The caves developed in limestone which was formed from corals growing in shallow waters around volcanic islands. After becoming exposed on land, the limestone was dissolved by acidic rain and underground water.” “Riddling the Berserker Range some 24km north of Rockhampton, this vast cave complex is one of the Capricorn Coast's foremost attractions. Technically not subterranean (they were formed by water working on the limestone of an ancient reef, thrust upward by tectonic pressure) they contain cave coral, stalactites, dangling fig-tree roots and little insectivorous bats. “

    The deepest we went was approx 2m below surrounding ground level. The local fig trees have roots that will search down 100m or more to find water. They penetrate the rock as the thinnest of roots and then, as they grow, they can break the rock apart.

    So why special? One of the caves is called the Cathedral cave and weddings can take place in there. There is a natural alter, a fig tree root comes down appearing like a bell rope and a stalagmite below the root looks like a fallen and broken bell. We were told that the acoustics are “better than the Sidney Opera House”. Certainly it made no difference in which direction the guide was speaking, her voice was totally clear. She then played “Hallelujah” with a very subtle light show that included periods of total darkness. Darkness that does not allow you to see your hand in front of your face. The combination of the music, the acoustics and the darkness were stunning and something that I will always vividly remember.

    The story were were told is that it took 5 years to map the caves in the late 1800s. During that period the explorer (was first discovered in 1881 by a Norwegian migrant john Olsen) had candles and matches but the matches didn’t work in the caves due to the damp. If the candle went out, then the explorer had to retrace his path, in the pitch darkness, back outside. I wonder why he didn’t use a Tilley Lamp - invented in the early 1800s?
    We left there later than we had hoped. All advice is not to drive after dusk as the wallabies, Roos and emus (camels too) come out of the surrounding scrub to eat the grass on the road verges, crossing at their will. The chances of hitting on is far higher in the evenings. We looked fr a nearby camp ground and decided upon St Lawrence Recreational Ground. The site has good reviews. We arrived after dark, drove past it because it was poorly signposted and then when we drove in, we wondered what we had let ourselves in for. We were certain that “Duelling Banjoes” (the theme tune to the film “Deliverance) was playing somewhere. The site was a huge expense of dirt with a building at its centre. Tree was only one car parked in the corner. Do we go or do we stay? We stayed ....
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  • Day46

    Great Keppel Island

    December 9, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Um 09:45 Uhr brachte uns der Shuttle-Bus vom Camping zum Hafen von Rosslyn, wo die Fähre nach Great Keppel Island losfährt. Great Keppel Island ist eine von 18 Inseln der Inselgruppe Keppel Islands. Die Fahrt dauerte nur 30 Minuten, da sich die Insel sehr nah am Festland befindet. Mit Sack und Pack marschierten wir mit unseren super Wanderadiletten über Berg und Stein zum Monkey Beach. Ausser einer Gruppe Backpacker waren wir die einzigen am Strand. Der steinige Weg hat sich also gelohnt. Nach einem feinen „Ihklemmte“ flog Marco seine Drohne aus, wo mit der Vogelperspektive die Korallenriffe sehr gut zu erkennen sind. Die Insel ist in eine Art „Dornröschenschlaf“ gefallen und wirkt sehr verlassen.Read more

  • Day410

    Great Keppel Island

    July 18, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

    After getting back to Airlie Beach yesterday, I grabbed some lunch, took a long walk all the way down the beach to the sailing club and back, and hung out at the hostel with a book until our bus came at a little after 17:00.

    By about 18:15 we were back on the southbound train headed for Rockhampton Station. We arrived at 01:00 after a very uncomfortable trip. If you have two seats in the train, you're very lucky. I only had one next to another Stray journeyer, and despite the ample leg room, there was no way to get the back of your legs off the edge of the seat. Trying to keep my ankles from swelling, I got about an hour of rest on the floor behind the last seat before a conductor kicked me awake, then spent the remainder of the ride in the dining car with my book. Ugh. We got a Stray van ride to the hostel in Emu Park arriving around 01:45, and I finally got to sleep somewhere around 03:30.

    We were up this morning before 08:00 for brekky and headed by van to the Keppel Ferry to the big island for the day. I kayaked with three others while the other three paddle boarded. Now they've taken off to the other side of the island to snorkel, but I'm really weary with one of the girls, so I'm staying in the shade at the restaurant with a cold cider and a book. Really nice day so far.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day19

    Great Keppel Island - wooow!

    January 13, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Und wir dachten, Hamilton Island sei das Paradies... Nachdem wir gestern 500km insgesamt und davon 300 km geradeaus durch die Einöde gefahren sind (immer schön links, mit Schaltwagen, habe selten so oft die Scheibe gewischt...), sind wir gegen Spätnachmittags in Rosselyn Bay bei Yeppoon angekommen. Und da war außer unserem Hotel erstmal irgendwie... nix. Noch nicht mal Sonne. Der Arsch der australischen Heide sozusagen. Als wir schon dachten, wir müssten verhungern, haben wir ein tolles Restaurant versteckt um die Ecke entdeckt. Gottseidank, denn nach dem Hochgefühl der letzten Tage war das schon fast die Grenze zur Depression.
    Also schwingen wir uns nach tollem Frühstück im tollen Restaurant und bei Naja-Wetter auf die Fähre nach Great Keppel Island. Immer noch etwas skeptisch, aber doch etwas zuversichtlicher, schließlich bläst uns der Wind um die Ohren. Und dann: WOW. Wir werden direkt an einem der 17 Inselstrände abgeladen und und müssen die letzten Meter durchs Wasser waten. Und stehen auf einem quasi leeren weißen Sandstrand, vor uns liegt das türkisfarbene Meer, über uns strahlt die Sonne, wir können unser Glück nicht fassen. Diese Insel steht den Whitsunday Islands wirklich in nichts nach, außer eben in der Anzahl der Touristen. Glücklich grinsend verbringen wir den Rest des Tages am Strand und an der Strandbar, bevor wir wieder zur Fähre waten müssen.
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