On Saturday we drove another 300kms or so north to Mackay past lots of sugar cane and not much else.
Mackay is another largely unheard-of place with a large population, but it definately had a lot more going for it than Bundaberg or Rockhampton. The main street was tree-lined and full of cafes and bars so we actually got a decent dinner and a drink! We sat outside on the main street and listened to the birds singing and the much-missed noise of people having fun! Then it was early to bed at the lovely YHA!
On Sunday we drove inland to Eungella National Park. We stopped first at Finch Hatton Gorge where there were two lovely waterfalls with safe swimming holes (ie no crocodiles or jellyfish). We walked about 5kms up the gorge so the swim at the top was a great way to cool off.
We drove on to the town of Finch Hatton where we found a good old-fashioned Aussie country pub for lunch, before moving on to Broken River where we stayed the night at the Mountain Retreat, very swish! It was a beautiful place but the main reason for visiting was to see the platypus that live in the river there. They were very cute, but difficult to photograph as sadly they look very similar to small logs! It was amazing to see them in the wild though since they are incredibly shy and normally keep well clear of humans. We're really getting into this wildlife stuff now!!