April 28, 2018 – Cape Hillsborough, Australia
We stopped at Carlo Sandblow at the northern tip of Great Sandy National Park and were amazed by a desert-like setting right next to the ocean.
Fraser Island, which is right around the corner and the main reason most people travel to this part of Australia, has to wait until our next visit. There are certain things that are just not doable when traveling with a baby – Fraser Island certainly is one of those.
On our way up north we admired the beautiful beaches around Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy (that really is the name of this little town) and strolled through Rockhampton’s Botanical Gardens.
We stayed at a Campground in Yeppoon where a wild Emu was wandering around the campervans and tents. Out of nowhere it was standing right next to us when we were having our morning coffee. Apparently Emu’s are harmless (at least this one was) and it was great to see it but it is a huge animal – especially if you are standing right next to it.
The next morning we played at the best water playground we have ever seen at Yeppon’s waterfront. Levi loved it and I secretly think that we loved it even more.
We continued driving until we reached Mackay where we swam in the cities Lagoon Pool and further on to Eungella National Park where we were lucky enough to spot a Platypus – an extremely shy and hence hard to find animal. We also took a Bushwalk through the lush rainforest. A great yet also a little spooky experience after the ranger told us „Nahh you won’t find crocodiles up here. Just snaked. But they are shy. Usually.“ For the record: no snakes spotted.
One of my fondest memories of Australia happened on a very early morning on the beach of Cape Hillsborough. During sunrise the beach is packed with wild kangaroos and wallabies hopping along the water and playing in the shore. We were just sitting there in awe, watching. I know I am repeating myself but watching animals in the wild is always so very special.