1770, the town not the year....
Trip Start Mar 25, 2011
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As it's now school holidays in most places in Aus it's getting harder and harder to find places to stay but not deterred we motored into 1770, rang one place but they were full but found a halting site in a lovely bush setting, only 1km from the beach, nice walk through the bush to get to it... looks like we may have to plan ahead from now on.
The town of 1770 was called after James Cooks landing here on May 24th 1770 (a Wednesday for those interested) and it was then that Joesph (Jo-Jo to his mates) Banks uttered the immortal phrase as they sat on the golden beach taking in the rays.... "Its life Jim, but not as we know it!".
The closest town to 1770 is Agnes Water, whether that was a suggestion or her real name I've no idea, reminds me of that wee pearler...whats the difference between Iron Man and Iron Woman?...one is a superhero the other is a command!
We've had such a good time here we're staying an extra day to soak it in. We've had enough sightseeing and decided it was time to kick off the crocs and lay back, so all we've done here is walk to the beach...one of those boring beaches with no one on it and palm trees all along the sands, crashing waves from sky blue seas onto golden sands...yawn...oh and its about 27C with clear blue skies, they say it'll rain but according to a local they've been saying that for days...so off to the pool now as the waves are just forcing too much sand into me jocks! Lots of Bush Turkeys (aka Brush or Scrub Turkeys) roaming around the park, pecking away and generally just being inquisitive and looking for food. We also came across some Goannas or Sand Monitors about 1 metre long and Trish came up with the classic line..."they're almost too big to be cute"...
Went to the local farmer market and bought some fruit and veg, life can't get much better...well maybe it will, we're off to Keppel Sands, just out of Rockhampton for the next couple of days then a spot of free camping before we head into Bowen for Easter, had to book ahead as lots of places are filling up...just heard about the earthquake out of Bowen, sounds like it was a wee one, hopefully it'll stay that way, the last thing Queensland needs now is another disaster...one thing that has been very noticeable in these seaside towns is the amount of houses and resorts being built and by the look of it a lot are still for sale, reminds me of Dublin in the early "noughties", where are all the people going to come from?