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Rainbow Beach to Bowen

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Our travels took us now further north past endless sugar cane fields. Our next destination was the Town of 1770. We were curious to find out whats behind this name. It actually depicts the Year in which Captain Cook stopped here on the way north. We discovered a quiet and sleepy Township. The next day we set out to explore the surounding area and found picturesque beaches located along the deep blue sea. We drove on towards Rockhampton, the cattle capital of Australia. The region around Rockhampton boasts a number of picturesque beaches. Nearby situated is picturesque Byefield Nationalpark. Its main features again are beautiful and quiet beaches that can be reached by climbing a number of big sanddunes along the way. For the last time we lowered our tyre pressure to drive over the sanddunes and along the beaches. Although it was a weekend and on top of that the main australian holliday season, we are the only visitors on Five Rocks Campgroud. The next day we set out to discover the nearby beaches before we headed back inland again.

Next stop, Eungella Nationalpark near Mackay. Here we set camp for the night. At dusk we set out to picture the elusive platypus. The next days travels took us further north with destination of the whitsundays islands. Along the way we stoped for a break at the Hillsborough Nationalpark. We booked a snorkeling Tour to the Whitsundays. Our ship, the Mantaray, brought us to famous Whitehaven Beach. The colours are absolutely unbelievable. From the lookout, one has an absolutely stunning view over the whole bay. The unique feature of Whitehaven Beach is the shining white silica sand. The sand reflects the sun rays and even in the burning sun the sand remains comfortably cool. The second stop was Mantaray Bay where we had time to go snorkelling for an hour. Since the Whitsundays are pretty close to the coast, one has to wear a stinger suit in the summer months to minimize the risk of being stung by one of the poisenous jellyfish species.

Driving further towards Cairns, we reached the city of Bowen. One can find here some beautiful beaches. But a very special feature of the city are its famous artful and diverse murals. Scenes fo the history of Bowen are depicted on a number of walls throughout the city.


Gin Gin: Sugarcane Fields. A dominant sight from Bundaberg through to Mossman Agnes Water: The Beach Town of 1770: Joseph Banks Conservation Park Town of 1770: Joseph Banks Conservation Park Town of 1770: Joseph Banks Conservation Park
Town of 1770: A view over the Eurimbulea Nationalpark Rockhampton: The Landscape around Keppel Sands Rockhampton: A Forrest full of Blackpalms Rockhampton: Flotsam on the Beach of Keppel Sands Yeppoon: Kemp Beach
Byefield Nationalpark: A Face on the Tree Trunk. This way the tree tries to protect himself against insects. Byefield Nationalpark: Walk towards Five Rocks Beach Byefield Nationalpark: Five Rocks Beach Byefield Nationalpark: Rocks in the surf at Three Rivers Beach Byefield Nationalpark: Three Rivers Beach
Byefield Nationalpark: The bigger the crab, the bigger the balls Byefield Nationalpark: Even mature sanddunes get a bald spot Byefield Nationalpark: Very steep descent to Three Rivers Beach. Too steep to drive up. Byefield Nationalpark: View over the Nationalpark. Five Rocks Beach in the Background Marlborough: A majestic Gum Tree
Marlborough: Best Cattle Country Lake Eungella Eungella Nationalpark: A Farm on the Ranges Eungella Nationalpark: View over the Ranges Eungella Nationalpark: View from the Sky Window
Eungella Nationalpark: It's a bugs life Cape Hillsborough Nationalpark: The Beach Cape Hillsborough Nationalpark: Division Rocks Cape Hillsborough Nationalpark: Division Rocks Cape Hillsborough Nationalpark: Division Rocks with Wedge Island in the Background
Whitsundays: Aboard the Mantaray to the islands Whitsundays: A first glimps of Whitehaven Beach Whitsundays: Beautiful surroundings for a sailing trip Whitsunays: The fine, white silica sand reflects the sun and doesn't even heat up Whitsundays: As far as the eye reaches, a unique beach
Whitsundays: Snorkelling a Manataray Bay Whitsundays: Will there be some food? Whitsundays: Spangled Emperor Whitsundays: Life at the reef Whitsundays: Life at the reef
Whitsundays: Life at the reef Shute harbour Bowen: Yellow tailed cockatoo Bowen: The murals depict historical events of the Bowen history Bowen: The murals depict historical events of the Bowen history
Bowen: The murals depict historical events of the Bowen history Bowen: The murals depict historical events of the Bowen history Bowen: The murals depict historical events of the Bowen history Bowen: The murals depict historical events of the Bowen history Bowen: The murals depict historical events of the Bowen history
Gin Gin: Sugarcane Fields. A dominant sight from Bundaberg through to Mossman
Agnes Water: The Beach
Town of 1770: Joseph Banks Conservation Park
Town of 1770: Joseph Banks Conservation Park
Town of 1770: Joseph Banks Conservation Park
Town of 1770: A view over the Eurimbulea Nationalpark
Rockhampton: The Landscape around Keppel Sands
Rockhampton: A Forrest full of Blackpalms
Rockhampton: Flotsam on the Beach of Keppel Sands
Yeppoon: Kemp Beach
Byefield Nationalpark: A Face on the Tree Trunk. This way the tree tries to protect himself against insects.
Byefield Nationalpark: Walk towards Five Rocks Beach
Byefield Nationalpark: Five Rocks Beach
Byefield Nationalpark: Rocks in the surf at Three Rivers Beach
Byefield Nationalpark: Three Rivers Beach
Byefield Nationalpark: The bigger the crab, the bigger the balls
Byefield Nationalpark: Even mature sanddunes get a bald spot
Byefield Nationalpark: Very steep descent to Three Rivers Beach. Too steep to drive up.
Byefield Nationalpark: View over the Nationalpark. Five Rocks Beach in the Background
Marlborough: A majestic Gum Tree
Marlborough: Best Cattle Country
Lake Eungella
Eungella Nationalpark: A Farm on the Ranges
Eungella Nationalpark: View over the Ranges
Eungella Nationalpark: View from the Sky Window
Eungella Nationalpark: It's a bugs life
Cape Hillsborough Nationalpark: The Beach
Cape Hillsborough Nationalpark: Division Rocks
Cape Hillsborough Nationalpark: Division Rocks
Cape Hillsborough Nationalpark: Division Rocks with Wedge Island in the Background
Whitsundays: Aboard the Mantaray to the islands
Whitsundays: A first glimps of Whitehaven Beach
Whitsundays: Beautiful surroundings for a sailing trip
Whitsunays: The fine, white silica sand reflects the sun and doesn't even heat up
Whitsundays: As far as the eye reaches, a unique beach
Whitsundays: Snorkelling a Manataray Bay
Whitsundays: Will there be some food?
Whitsundays: Spangled Emperor
Whitsundays: Life at the reef
Whitsundays: Life at the reef
Whitsundays: Life at the reef
Shute harbour
Bowen: Yellow tailed cockatoo
Bowen: The murals depict historical events of the Bowen history
Bowen: The murals depict historical events of the Bowen history
Bowen: The murals depict historical events of the Bowen history
Bowen: The murals depict historical events of the Bowen history
Bowen: The murals depict historical events of the Bowen history
Bowen: The murals depict historical events of the Bowen history
Bowen: The murals depict historical events of the Bowen history
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