Childers Queensland

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My car collapsed at Agnes Waters so I had it towed to Childers where my friend took it to the Garage and the gear box was fixed. There was no oil in the gearbox, so I was lucky I brought it to Childers instead of waiting 2 weeks at Agnes Waters for a new gearbox, I had to stay 3 days here as I did not have money to pay for the Fixing. Childers Motel was wonderful and you could walk to the town from here quite easily.

There was a full moon and sunsets and sunrises viewed from the Motel, and the free WiFi meant I was happy until I could move on…There is a small resting area opposite the Motel which was beautiful, and many shops in Childers itself.

I was a bit lost without my wheels and restricted to walking distance from Childers Motel

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Agnes Waters and Town of 1770 Queensland

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Agnes Water is located 70 kilometres (43 mi) north of Bundaberg and 60 kilometres (37 mi) off the Bruce Highway.  It is accessed via the main road in called Round Hill Road. It is 90 minutes south of Gladstone, and 90 minutes north of Bundaberg on the Discovery Coast. Agnes Water is the closest access point to the southern Great Barrier Reef.[3] It is a neighbouring town of the Town of 1770.

 

I booked in at Agnes Waters Resort which had a track to the beach and was walking distance from the shops and town. The beach is small but very beautiful..

The main beach is 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) long, running from Round Hill in the north down to Agnes Water. The beach is relatively straight and faces east-north-east. Most of the beach is backed by a low dune and natural vegetation. At the southern Agnes Water end there is an extensive foreshore reserve, including a camping reserve. The beach usually receives waves averaging about one metre, which combine with the medium sand to build a moderately steep high tide beach, with a continuous bar exposed at low tide.

There is a Museum here and many tours as the town is mainly tourism and focuses on the town of 1770 where Captain Cook first landed when he came to Australia…in 1770. Touring took me to the Paper Bark Forest, to feed Kangaroos at the Kangaroo reserve and to 1770 for the Sunset from the Lookout Point. We also fed fish at the Marina there where you can take a day tour to the island.

Agnes Water is a growing town with many beautiful homes and facilities. The steep roads lead to some magnificent views over the town and the water, and there is also a ‘free’ Camping area which now costs $9.80 for camping over night. It has a track to the other side of the beach and is popular with backpackers and their vans.

Apple Tree Creek Queensland

Apple Tree Creek free Camping is next to the War Memorial and the Pony Club. There are toilets and playground here and it is a popular camping spot

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The Hotel is next to the Park on the Isis Highway, and the hotel also offers free camping to Patrons behind the Hotel. Travelers are welcome here. There is also a bird Sanctuary across the road.. We stayed over night here on our way up north.

Calliope River Queensland

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The Calliope River is a river located in Central Queensland, Australia.

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There is a great free camping area on both sides of the river with toilet facilities and view over the river.

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The river rises in the Calliope Range inland from the industrial port city of Gladstone, flows past the town of Calliope, before emptying into the Pacific Ocean just north of Gladstone. River length is 98 kilometres (61 mi),[1] with a catchment area of 2,241 square kilometres

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You can camp beside the river on the Bruce Highway entrance, or you can drive in from the Historical Village and Museum entrance and park on the top. There are many birds in this area that come to the lake in the centre

 

Sand Drive Tour of Fraser Island

A 4WD tour of Fraser Island took us along very rough bumpy sandy roads to Eli Beach, The Cathedrals, Maheno wreck and Euring Reserve. We also went to Central Station which was the heart of the timber industry here, and McKenzie lake. It was a long day and we saw quite a lot in the day tour.

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The sandy Track was heavy going..I sat in the front seat so I could take photos and was bumped along. The driver said he puts people in the front seat who are likely to get motion sickness. This would have given them motion sickness. It was a torrid ride and very rough driving through some steep tracks that were created by the timber industry.

Finally we hit the beach on the other side and stopped for morning tea of cookies and coffee at Eli Beach. This was a small freshwater creek with toilets up the hill. It was situated in sand on a deserted sandy beach with sand in every direction.

The next stop was the Maheno Wreck. Some people got off here and took the joy flight from here to the Pinnacles. I stayed on the bus for the sand drive. The Maheno, the most famous of the Fraser Island wrecks, was driven ashore just north of Happy Valley during a cyclone in 1935. Once a well-known trans-Tasman liner, the Maheno was bound for a Japanese wrecking yard when she met her stormy end. Today the hull lies slowly deteriorating in the harsh salt environment, about 10 kilometres north of Happy Valley.

LITTLE more than a rustic skeleton remains at 75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island, the final resting place of the once-mighty SS Maheno.

The Pinnacles, also known as Cathedral Rocks was our next stop. The coloured sand cliffs along Fraser Island‘s eastern beach is a key attraction for visitors to this beautiful sand island. They have formed over hundreds of thousands of years when minerals leached through the sand and on exposed high sand dunes. Up to 72 different colours, have been found present on Fraser Island with colours being mostly reds and yellows

The Pinnacles are significant to the local Aboriginal Butchulla Peoplewho believe it is a sacred women’s place with the Rainbow Serpent being responsible for the created sand formations.

Whale Watching from Fraser Island

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Fraser Island offers a whale watching tour with Hervey Bay Whale Watch and this is what I take. We were lucky to see whales and get some great views of the whales from the boat.

Commercial whale watching in Australia began the day Brian and Jill Perry discovered whales in the calm pristine waters of Hervey Bay on the Fraser Coast of Queensland. Since that fateful day 29 years ago over a million people have been whale watching in Hervey Bay.

Brian & Jill are celebrating 30 years of whale watching in Hervey Bay this year (2015) and are expecting a great whale watching season. Their vessel, Quick Cat II was designed in 2003 specifically with whale watching in mind for access for all. Wheelchairs and prams can easily maneuver around the main deck    http://www.herveybaywhalewatch.com.au/

Fraser Island and Kingfisher Lodge

I travel to River Heads where Linda drives me to the ferry for Fraser Island. World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is a rare and beautiful holiday destination, at the start of the Great Barrier Reef, offering a refreshing change from the bustle of mainland Australia and the resort islands of Queensland’s north. The island’s untamed wilderness and rugged, natural charm entices from the first, providing 4WD adventure and excitement, but also a relaxing atmosphere from your base here at beautiful, eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort

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Fraser Island is very beautiful. This time I do the Whale Watching tour, the 4WD Tour of the Island and walk around the Resort.

The trees and walks around the Island are very beautiful. Kingfisher Resort is not busy because it is the quieter season, and I am free to wander around the island and do the walks along the cliff top