TOWNSVILLE'S NORTHERN BEACHES!
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
323Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Where I stayed
Balgal Beach Free Camp
JOURNEY: Paluma NP to Balgal Beach 70kms
WEATHER: Hot, humid and windy
The free camp at Balgal Beach was full when we arrived at 3pm on Friday, but another camper advised it would be OK to park at the carpark next door as the Ranger would not be cheching the area until Monday. So that is what we did!
It is small town of 600+ people but many residences seem to be holiday houses. The beach and park along the shore is attractive and we noticed swimmers, fishermen and people just relaxing in this pretty place over the weekend.
The wide creek mouth spilling into the sea and the wide sandy beach were popular areas and the fish and chip shop was doing good business.
A local resident selling sugar bananas and freshly picked lettuce is a must if you visit.
For our morning walk we wandered the streets and came across two bowers constructed by that marvellous bird, the northern bower bird. One bower was much more impressive than the other and we were surprised to find a whole pile of fresh green chillies as a decoration. He does all this work to attract his female and is always fussing around with the finishing touches.
We spent two happy days on the beachfront here- reading, exploring and chatting with the visitors.
Going south towards Townsville we checked out the other free camps along the way but chose the attractive Saunders Beach as our Sunday night sleepover; this is a 24 hour rest but the group already stationed there had been encamped for 5 days and had no intention of moving on until the ranger forced them to.
There was little choice but to join the social activities and the music went on until 10.30pm- a group of young German backpackers seemed enthralled by the behaviour of these "senior" boomers. Even though the music was not to our taste we threw ourselves into the singing and dancing!
The beach stretches for 6 kms and makes a fabulous walking track early morning before the sun gets too hot.
Recommend this as an overnight free stop!
Monday morning and we were the only campers departing and we had a very anxious couple lingering around us, waiting to grab our spot- a bit heavy handed we thought. Pulled out around 10.30am on a sunny warm morning and drove into Townsville to do some shopping before driving to Bowlin Green NP just south of Townsville.