The Channel Country August 2013 travel blog

Whale watching

Crytal Waters

Crystal Waters

Chrystal Waters bridge

Under bridge Chrystal Waters

Flying boat Townsville


We are enjoying our stay at Rollingstone Beach. No shops or distractions near by, just a great view and nice warm weather. We arrived here on Friday and went to visit Ingham 30 klms north on Monday. Called into the Frosty Mango on the way and bought a great CD of easy listening music.

Tuesday we spotted a crowd assembling on the beach front, and wandered down to see a whale and her calf breaching and frollicking in waters just off from shore. A great sight to watch.

Wednesday we ventured to Crystal Creek, part of Paluma National Park. We travelled along a narrow winding road through rainforest to finally arrive at a stone bridge that was built by hand during the Great Depression. The swimming hole is surrounded by large granite boulders, and some adventurous young people were jumping from the higher rocks into the cool waterhole.

Glad that we didnt meet the coach full of school kids coming down from a stay in Paluma on the very narrow road. They stopped for a break as we were having lunch at one of the picnic tables at Crystal Creek.

We ventured further up to Paluma,(Village in the Clouds) a small township at the top of the range. The area was first settled by tin miners 130 years ago. Great views on the way down, but no place to stop and take a photo. The road is 'not recommended for caravans', but this did not stop some from taking their van along.

Thursday we headed to Townsville (50klms south), and spent some time walking to the waterfront and having lunch before heading back to Rollingstone.



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