Monday, June 8, 2015

South for a bit - Cardwell.

Stopped roadside for a couple of nights and then into Cardwell and one of my fav spots, Meunga Creek CP. This place is quiet, lay back, unpretentious and a good place for chilling out. Its a few kms north, but a nice bike ride on back roads, into town for exercise and provisions. Stopped for a few days to watch the NRL on the box, do the laundry and some housework, but mostly to avoid the Queen's birthday long weekend traffic.

A couple of years ago on my first visit to this CP I selected a camp spot right on the bank overlooking the creek and not more than 10m away 'snapped' a photo and posted it to Instagram. Fortunately the bank is steep but I did lock my door that night and needless to say swimming in the creek is not recommended.

Cardwell was settled in 1864 and was originally a frontier port-town on Rockingham Bay. The township is squeezed between the offshore islands of Hinchinbrook, Goold and Brook and the Cardwell Range, inland to the west. Its a beautiful part of Australia, imo.

In February 2011 cyclone Yasi nearly blew the town away but it has recovered and the parks and facilities along the foreshore are now better than ever with broad bike/walking paths extending north and south of town.

The weather has been good with cool nights and warm days and usually a light breeze. When the holiday makers head back to work it might be time for me to do a bit of National Parking.

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Local croc in the creek.

Cardwell foreshore.