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Monday, October 7, 2013

Agnes Water / 1770 - Roadtrip 2012

Everyone we spoke to at home about Agnes Water loved the place so we were excited to head to our last camp.
We arrived into Agnes Water and drove along toward 1770 to the Captain Cook Caravan park. This isn't the council owned park we'd heard about but was still a great spot.
Captain Cook Caravan Park 1770
Captain Cook Caravan Park 1770
TeamBray Breakfast
TeamBray Breakfast
From the caravan park we saw a sign saying 'Beach 900m' and thought we would make the walk to check it out. It was a hot afternoon and it sure felt longer than 900m! Arriving at the beach couldn't have come soon enough although I knew all of us weren't going to make the walk up the rocky track to camp. Madi & Colin headed back to camp to bring down the car.
We have been spoilt at Woodgate, being able to take the nice, short, easy walk to the beach - no need for the car.


The next day we went into 1770 to explore the Council caravan park. A great location and super busy if you're camping in school holidays! We spoke to the manager and this place is booked out more than 12 months in advance. The views out front of here were awesome - we figured you could sit out here and relax all day..... so we did.
1770 Camp Ground
View out front of 1770 Camp Ground
1770 Camp Ground
1770 Camp Ground
1770 Camp Ground
1770 Camp Ground
Madi at 1770
Madi at 1770
Mr Crab. Madi loves catching these.

Nathan buried at 1770
Nathan buried at 1770


Flat Rock - Deepwater NP

We packed some gear (and rods) and headed into Deepwater National park to check out Flat Rock and the 2 camp areas - Middle Rock and Wreck Rock.
The drive in was quite easy with just a few sandy spots to slow you down. We went through fine at highway tyre pressures. Nathan had a steer for a short while too which made the girls quite nervous. It was around 5km in from the sealed road to Flat Rock. Middle Rock camp ground was a few km further with Wreck Rock camp around 9km from the black stuff. Wreck rock has an outside cold shower and a drop toilet. Both camps offered very private camping and both could be accessed with a basic 4x4 and camper trailer. If you decide to just show up and camp there is a sign advising you phone QParks or go online to pay your camp fees. Only problem .... no phone reception :)
Nathan takes the wheel
Nathan takes the wheel
Parking at Flat Rock - Deepwater NP
Parking at Flat Rock - Deepwater NP
Deepwater National Park - Flat Rock
Deepwater National Park - Flat Rock
Flat Rock
Flat Rock
The girls at Flat Rock
The girls at Flat Rock
Low tide at Flat Rock
Low tide at Flat Rock
Contemplating fishing
Contemplating fishing

1770

On our last day we went back into 1770 so see some of the lookouts. On one of the walks we spotted more turtles swimming in around the rocks.

Just a little windy here !!
Just a little windy here !!

Walking to a lookout
Walking to a lookout

1770 lookout
1770 lookout
We then thought it was time to find a beach. Nothing we found would beat Flat Rock so we settled for the 900m drive to the beach near camp where the girls thought they'd make yet another huge sand castle.


A work in progress

Friday, October 4, 2013

Great Keppel Island Cruise - Roadtrip 2013

Our 2013 Roadtrip changed considerably after cutting short our time in Winton. While camped at Emu Park, East of Rockhampton, we decided a Cruise to Great Keppel Island was a great idea. There were quite a few options but after reading reviews on www.tripadvisor.com we booked ourselves with SailCapricornia (www.sailcapricornia.com.au) for a day cruise. The trip included a cruise to the island (max. 25 passengers), lunch, morning and afternoon tea, non-alcoholic drinks, all snorkelling gear plus dinghy transfers to the island if you only wanted to get your feet wet.

After leaving Keppel Marina we commenced our 90 min journey across to Monkey Beach on Great Keppel Island for lunch, snorkelling and some exploring of the island.

Sail Capricornia - Grace II
Sail Capricornia - Grace II
GoPro Video of the Cruise & Snorkelling
Madi on Grace II
Madi on Grace II
Mummy & Lauren enjoying the cruise
Mummy & Lauren enjoying the cruise
 
GoPro pic Grace II Keppel Cruise
GoPro pic Grace II Keppel Cruise
 
TeamBray on Grace II
TeamBray on Grace II heading to Great Keppel Island
Lauren earning her lunch
Lauren earning her lunch
Anthony's office on Grace II
Anthony's office on Grace II
Lunch ... BBQ, prawns and salad, yummo!!
Lunch ... BBQ, prawns and salad, yummo!!

 

Lauren at Monkey Beach
Lauren at Monkey Beach
Lauren saw a fish
Lauren saw a fish
TeamBray on Long Beach
TeamBray on Long Beach
Perfect weather for the beach
Perfect weather for the beach - Long Beach Keppel Island
Photo bomb on Long Beach Great Keppel Island
Photo bomb on Long Beach Great Keppel Island
Long Beach Great Keppel Island
Long Beach Great Keppel Island

 

Lauren found a star fish
Lauren found a star fish
Keppel Island locals
Keppel Island locals
It's hard not to keep stopping and taking photos of this place
Nathan chilling on Grace II
Nathan chilling on Grace II
 

 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Emu Park - Roadtrip 2013

Heading East from Winton we found a small tidy caravan park in Alpha. Was great to have a real shower and relax with an afternoon cool breeze.

The heat in Winton/Longreach had taken its toll with a few important items starting to fail. Listing these items - not all were from the heat.

  • Primus stove - gas hose exploded in the heat
  • Optima 2nd Battery - died, expanded and got very hot!!
  • Tyre pressure gauge - seized up
  • 2nd tank isolator tap (plastic) - handle smashed by rocks
  • Frying pan - coating came off !!! It was new !! How will we cook Bacon !!

 

As we werent due into Agnes Waters / 1770 for a few days we made some calls to find a place to stay. TeacherMum Googled Emu Park which turned out to be a great spot just 40km East of Rockhamton. Bells Park Caravan Park was nice and quiet with green grassy sites, clean amenities and a very short walk to the beach. The local swimming pool is adjacent to the park if you'd prefer to keep the sand off your feet. A few minute walk to the local IGA for some bread and we were all good for another few days.

 

Beach outside caravan park

 

Lauren and Colin having fun in the sand

 

Great view

 

Boys will be boys

 

The water was so nice.

 

More beach views.

 

Smile for the camera.

 

Nice view Lauren

 

Emu Park Signing Ship TeamBray
Emu Park signing ship

 

Emu Park singing ship
Emu Park singing ship

 

View from the Singing Ship.

 

Relaxing

 

The kids are way down there. Piece and quiet for a few minutes.

I'm a sucker for junk mail. We received a whole bunch of flyers from Reception at the park. Everyone was offering tours or ferry rides to Great Keppel Island. This was something we had to try. After sleeping on the idea we decided to book in a tour with Sail Capricornia on Grace II with Anthony & Vicki. I guess the next Blog post will be all about the cruise !!!

 

Our ride for tomorrow Sail Capricornia
Our ride for tomorrow - Grace II