Post 205 – Sarina

iancollard
July 2, 2020

St Lawrence to Sarina

Again this is a road we have driven up and down a lot without stopping. While I don't have lots of photos we did go into a lot of the places.

The tide was pretty full, so Clairview looked inviting and the caravan park had a lot of vans in.

Carmilla Beach - who knew there was a beach to the east of Carmilla? There are lots of camping spots on the beach front - a couple sets of toilets even a dump point. A boat ramp with access to the creek and then to open waters.

At Ilbilbie you can turn off the highway to Notch Point and Greenhill. Greenhill has good 4x4 access to the beach I think it is used primarily for launching boats off the beach.The road to Notch Point  goes past a fairly large prawn farming complex.  There is camping at Notch Point but we only went a far as a gate. The campground is rated pretty well on Wikicamps.

The Greenhill road also provides access to Cape Palmerston National Park. We went into the entrance. Most traffic from here seems to go up the beach. Again access to the beach would be no problem but we didn't take Clifford on to the beach.

The caravan park we are staying in opposite my old school in Sarina.

 

 

Sarina - home

The house we lived in while in Sarina.

 

 

Sarina house.

 

Side view

 

 

Sarina Town Clock

 

Very early in Senator Stan Collard's life as a representative he got to officially open this clock. The plaque is still there to prove it.

 

Post 204 – St Lawrence

iancollard
July 1, 2020

St Lawrence - Recreational Reserve

I couldn't tell you the number of times we have driven the road between Rockhampton and Sarina and have never been into St Lawrence. Wiki camps also shows cheap camping with hot showers at the recreation reserve adjacent to the wetlands win, win 🙂

 

 

St Lawrence - old rail bridge

St Lawrence was originally a port and an important link in the main North/South rail line. The old rail bridge across St Lawrence creek was replaced.  These are two of the original support columns.

 

 

St Lawrence wetlands

 

It was pretty cool watching this Jabiru have a feed on some sort of bird. I am not sure what killed the bird or whether it was simply scavenged, but these other two birds of prey were not happy and pestered the Jabiru until the meal was all gone.

Guess what my new second hand big lens still wasn't big enough ( or I couldn't get close enough) 🙂 and I also had problems getting a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action.

 

 

St Lawrence Rec. Reserve

 

This butcher bird had no problems getting close and personal with we campers. Was definitely able to get close enough with my new lens 🙂

 

 

St Lawrence Rec. Reserve

 

We were quite excited to see these feral deer. It was only when I took this photo that we saw the yellow ear tags perhaps not so feral.

Driving around we did see a larger herd of deer and some one building a high fence with square mesh so some one could be farming them.

 

 

Post 203 – Stanage Bay

iancollard
July 1, 2020

Plum Trees - Stanage Bay

Coming Home

We have never been into Stanage Bay. I have always heard terrible things about the road in. Bent axles on boat trailers, lost mudguards. A recent post on the Plum Trees page on Facebook was pretty broad. It described the road as being good in place and rough in others. In the end at present the road is good - ssh don't tell any one they will all want to go. The campground at Plum Trees is pretty good and we could watch the boats coming into the boat ramp just around the corner.

By the time we left our view had been curtailed by the new neighbours. We were probably not sorry to leave when we did. The campground had become too cramped and most people had several dogs and there was more than one generator.

Looking around the area there are better camp sites around you just have to explore to find them.

 

Stanage Bay - Fishing

Even though almost everyone in Stanage has a boat it looked as though you should be able to catch a fish from on land. I did try casting a lure but wasn't at all successful.

 

 

Alligator Point - Stanage Bay

 

It is really worth while doing a little exploring and not just driving in and out of Plum Trees. This is the view from alligator point in the morning.

 

Leaving Stanage

 

As Van I said the road was a piece of p---. I didn't really need to air down my tyres but I had so pumped them up before heading north on the bitumen.

 

Post 202 – Keppel Sands

iancollard
June 24, 2020

Keppel Sands

 

In Keppel Sands for a few days. When the boys were younger and we were living in Biloela we spent a few weekend here. Ann at the bicentennial walk overlooking Keppel Sands.

 

Keppel Sands

 

Low tide at the boat ramp (Coorooman creek end)

 

Keppel Sands

 

The weather has been perfect if a little cool the days we have been here.

 

Keppel Sands

 

Even the mangroves and mudflats look good in the setting sun.

 

Post 201 – Biloela

iancollard
June 24, 2020

Clara Biloela

 

Spent a couple of days in Biloela with Roderick Jodelle and Clara.

 

Birthday

 

Thanks to Ann, Roderick and Jodelle all of whom I suspect had a hand in my surprise birthday cake.

 

Heritage Park

 

Early morning at the Heritage Park short stay campground - Biloela.

 

Post 200 – Kenilworth, the start of a post covid isolation trip

iancollard
June 19, 2020

Kenilworth Showgrounds

 

To celebrate the relaxing of Covid isolation rules, and the fact the we can now travel within Queensland some of the explorer motor homes who reside in South East Queensland met at the Kenilworth Showgrounds.

Kenilworth is really busy. The people at the dairy said they have never seen it so busy outside school holidays. Queenslanders helping Queenslanders!

 

Charles St Kenilworth

Charles St. Kenilworth

 

The first morning was quite foggy. But the day was beautiful.

Mary River

 

Trying for a longer exposure to get some blurring on the water.

Mary River Kenilworth Rainbow Bee Eaters

Rainbow Bee Eaters

 

Do you think my bird photography needs some improvement? There are 4 Rainbow Bee Eaters in this photo.

No not the willy wagtail in flight the green birds on the fence.

I am not a "twitcher" but had seen these birds up north. I  didn't realise their habitat extended this far south.

 

Post 110 – D’Aguilar National Park.

Ian Collard
March 7, 2020
Clifford in his natural element.

D'Aguilar National Park

 

So our first trip out for this year. We took "Clifford" up into the D'Aguilar National Park. This is at the lookout over Somerset and Wivenhoe Dams

neurum creek

Neurum Creek.

 

Morning reflections in Neurum Creek at Archer Campground.

Neurum Creek

 

When are you too old for a rope swing?

Luminous Fungi

 

Fortunately the lady near us had seen these luminous fungi the night before. I don't think I would have spotted them.