Eungella National park stop at the side of the steep climb in.
Eungella National Park, Mackay and Cape Palmerston
We drove into Eungella, and actually took our van all the way up the massive mountain that seems like its never going to end!!! Its an amazingly pretty town, old and perched high up with an incredible view over the valley. We drove to the look outs, walked part of the national park and ended up having a steak sandwich at the pub. This is where we made a mistake, because we should have stayed at the van park at the top of the hill, instead we drove back down the hill to check out a bush camp, which didn’t fit our van in!!! DOHHHH!!!
Oh well, these things happen, so with both baby and wifey asleep, we drove into Mackay to stay the night. The Big 4 in Mackay was shocking, prob not there fault as they are under renovation, but each van site had a ramp, which made unhitching near on impossible. Not what I needed at the end of a long day. Again, oh well, if that’s all my worries……
We left Mackay in a hurry, and headed for Cape Palmerston which our friends from Hideaway Bay recommended to us. We pulled in an honestly thought we’ll be here 1 night, Well how wrong was I, again. We stayed 6 nights and loved every one of them.
Mostly due to the fact we had terrific neighbors in Noel and Kaye. They had both been there for 3 months, so Noel gave me the run down of things to see and do. One of the things I couldn’t wait to do was to walk the crab pots up the creek at low tide, so as soon as we set up, off we went to check it out.
Low and behold the next day, I walked up to the pot and near on crapped my dacks! There were 9 crabs in total, including 2 decent big male crabs called bucks!! I was absolutely stoked!!! We set and moved the pot every day from there on with no more luck, but I enjoyed every bit of it! We also picked Oysters straight off the rocks, what more could you want.
Our days consisted of long beach walks, and exploring the headlands at low tide. We also drove right out to the tip of cape Palmerston NP, which took about 45 minutes from the van park, but the drive was well worth it. We even managed to catch a feed of whiting up there. We actually returned up there with Noel and Kaye the next day, and caught another feed of fresh whiting, which Jenna cooked up right there on the beach! Perfection.
We also met another group of travelers from Yepoon, which was where we were heading next, so it was great to have a few beers and milk some info about the area off them. It turns out that 2 of the fellas were ex Perth pats, so we struck up a conversation pretty easy.
We nearly had an extra travelling companion in tow, the old caravan park stray dog B-dog (short for Bloody dog) He was a timid old boxer cross who just wandered around the van park and lived off the travellers scraps. Jenna fed him like a king whilst we were there, but he was old and seemed quite happy despite his arthritis in his legs.
Pretty soon it was time to pull up the crab pot and continue our journey further south. Noel and Kaye live in Hervey Bay, so we made plans to catch up with them for sure!!!
Eungella NAtional PArk
Pub we had Lunch at Eungella
Oysters for dinner
Ben found a lure at CApe Palmerston, beats losing another 1 to his 10 he already lost
Cape Palmerston Mud Crab
B-dog I wanted to steal
Marshmallows around the camp Fire Cape Palmerston
Cape Palmerston NAtional park, fresh whiting for lunch