The trip from Moranbah
to Cape Hillsborough was pretty uneventful. It is not a very long trip. The reason we decided to stay there was so that we could catch up with friends from Mackay
. One thing I have to say though is that it was very different scenery as we got closer to Mackay: the closer we got the more green we saw. Gone was the dryness and the dust!
When we got to Mackay we first went to Bunnings, as Merv had realised he actually needed a few screwdrivers that he had sold at the garage sale, so he bought a new set with a couple of different sizes. Then we went on to a butcher that sells really good marinated steak for barbeques, as we had decided to have a barbeque that night.
And finally we went to Jon and Liz’s place to pick them up. When we got there they hadn’t finished packing yet, so we helped them with that. They had previously said that they would camp in Cape Hillsborough National Park
, but as storms were expected they decided to stay in the cabin next to us (which luckily was the only cabin still available!). So off we went. They had a few things to do on the way, so we went ahead to the cabins. When we got there we were bitterly disappointed… The position was great, almost on the beach, but the quality of the cabins was terrible! As Jon put it: “you’re paying for the position, not the equipment”.
Once everyone had arrived and unpacked, we sat down for a couple of drinks while the kids (Jon and Liz have three boys: Jordan, Jahmo and Sean) played.
We saw a few bush turkeys and even a wallaby. Then we all went for a swim in the pool. We had a barbeque that night, and afterwards were talking as the kids played in the dark. Then Merv decided to get a couple more beers at the camp shop, and some dessert for the rest of us. Reagan wanted to go for a walk with him, and as they left we suddenly heard this scream. Turned out they had almost stepped on a snake! We tried to call reception to warn them and to see if there was anything that could be done, but we had no reception on our mobile phones so Merv had to walk to the office to find someone… Not a nice thing to have to do while there’s a snake around! We kept an eye on the snake to make sure we knew where it was when someone came, when a guy from a few cabins away came to warn us about a snake he’d seen. Jon told him that we had already met it and showed him, but the guy said: “No, that’s not it, the other one was bigger!” Eventually someone came with a shovel and killed the snakes (which is illegal by the way), and we could all sit down again to have our dessert. We didn’t feel very comfortable after that though! The snakes were brown snakes, which can make you very sick or even kill you…
The next morning, after a very hot night (no air conditioning) we all had breakfast together, and then packed up to go to Townsville. We left around ten for a 364 km drive.