DIARY/PHOTO JOURNAL - Page 18
Week 23 - August 20, 2018 - August 26, 2018
North Stradbroke Island or 'Straddie'
as the locals call it, was our main event for the week. We were not 10
minutes off the short ferry ride and we were in love with this island. The
island was easy to drive around and it was this reason we chose Straddie over
the nearby famed Fraser Island.
The ferry ride was short, but fun
Sun-dappled roads were the norm
Main Beach seemed to never end Loved these local's 'foot' prints - bird landed and left in one spot
A nonplussed Koala just pausing alongside the road
Just a beautiful tree coming into Dunwich
We drove through the main town of
Dunwich and headed across the middle of the island to Main Beach. The
beach was stunning and easily tracked by the 4x4 vehicles that carry campers
many kilometers down the shore to beach camp wherever they like. We did
not spend a lot of time there as we were off for a walk in the Naree Budjong
Djara National Park to find the Blue Lake. What we found was certainly a
beautiful blue lake; however, the walk to the lake was the highlight of the five
A beautiful walk through greens and golds Blue winged Kookabarra
Blue Lake lived up to its name Cinderoo patiently waiting for our return
After our walk in the woods, we turned
northward toward our reserved caravan park. As we had taken the last
motorhome/caravan spot in the Cylinder Beach Caravan Park, we were anxious to
see why the park was so popular. Upon arrival, we did learn that there
were only eight powered sites for motorhomes/caravans; however, if they had 80
sites, they would have still been popular. The campground was on the
northeastern tip of the island and the ocean was a mere 100 meters in front of
us. Not to mention, having a resident Koala nearby, a multitude of birds
overhead and several dolphin encounters.
Just a peak at Amity Beach View to Cinderoo from the beach
Gerson enjoying the view back along Cylinder Beach
Views to Cylinder Beach and Deadman's Beach
Koala enjoying a siesta Dolphins everywhere
From our campsite, we could walk for
kilometers along the beach, in either direction. It was on one of the
walks that we found a majestic Osprey toying with his lunch.
Osprey's catch of the day Thought this photo ironic - who was better at 'fishing'
Views to one of several 'reefs' off the island
Views along the walk around the tip of the island
One walk we wanted to take was that to
and around the North Gorge Headlands. We struck out at low tide so we
could follow the beach and then returned via the cliffs. Although the walk
was only a few kilometers, it took us quite awhile because of all the stops for
views and photos.
Fortunately, low tide Views on the way to the North Gorge Headland More Dolphins and babies
North Gorge was vibrant The northern end of Main Beach
Views from the cliffs to Frenchman's Beach
Just a fun advertisement for board ding repairs
Our next day found us wandering in the
other direction for no other reason than to see what was on the other side.
You would think we would get tired of azure blue oceans and golden sand beaches,
but we haven't.
Cylinder Beach to Home Beach
A highlight of our day was when we
happened to spot a large Dolphin pod cruising rather close to the shore.
In a matter of minutes, we were watching several of the members leaping out of
the water and then actually set up and surf several waves. I included only
a portion of the 'burst' photos here because each one shows a little something
different in the antics of the Dolphins. What fun we had watching them and
squealing like the excited kids we were.
We enjoyed our last day on Straddie
with a little more beach time and found ourselves wanting to stay a bit longer,
but alas, we have many other wonderful places to visit and some friends to
reconnect with along the way.
Yep, just us on the beach These little stingers are everywhere
Sunset on Straddie Cinderoo in a class by herself
After Stradbroke Island, it was off to
a famous surf spot, Surfers Paradise. Unfortunately, for me, it was
anything but paradise and I imagine soul-surfers feel the same. The once
off-the-beaten-path surf spot has become home to a significant number high-rise
buildings and high end shops everywhere. What was a sleepy enclave
frequented by surfers, is now a concrete monolith monstrosity. It was very
easy for us to drive right on through and past without looking back.
Surfers Paradise was anything but...but it was ok A Duck Boat tour
We moved on further south and stayed at
another surf town called Burleigh Heads. Somewhat like its better known
northern neighbor; however, it had a bit more charm and along with surfing, it
also had some nice cliff walks.
Burleigh Heads - rent-a-bikes were everywhere View back to Surfers Paradise and to Point Danger
Lots of surfers enjoying the waves Comorant and an Australian Turkey
Views to Palm Beach near Burleigh Heads
We only stayed the one day at Burleigh
Heads as we were starting to get a sense of 'been there, seen that' with the
repetitive touristy beaches. This is not to say we are not prepared to be
surprised because one of the many things we have learned about Australia, is
that there is always a surprise when you least expect it.
Cinderoo made it into New South Wales and sporting her new sticker tattoo
New South Wales, here we come! And what a great start as we stopped off at the famous Byron Bay, for our 16th Anniversary no less. Although we expected a very popular and yes, tourist-driven city, we found Byron to be a bit more 'bohemian' than its northern neighbors and the vibe was all positive energy. Unfortunately, we had one day of blustery rain so our Anniversary was a bit subdued. But then, we have been travelling all around Australia so that is like one big celebration for us, is it not.
We opted to take a walk along the cliffs to the Cape Byron
Lighthouse and enjoy the stunning views of the coastline. The lighthouse was built in 1901 and is
Australia's most easterly point on the continent. We have officially been
to the most westerly point, gone as far northerly as you could on asphalt and
now we touched the most easterly point. We have just one more point to go!
Beautiful beach views around Cape Byron Even the lizards are beautiful
Just stunning at every curve and turn Cape Byron Lighthouse
Most Easterly point of Australia Just more spectacular views as we walked back along the road
And, Byron Bay's sunset did not
Surfer at sunset
Lighthouse under colorful skies
Another fantastic week and discovering Straddie will be a highlight of our entire trip. Now, onto new discoveries in New South Wales.
Home Page Diary Page 17 Diary Page 19 Diary Index