Harrased by a Hound or three

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Saunders Beach about 20km North of Townsville

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, September 10, 2010

After a breako of the last chorizo sausage and eggs we backtracked again to get back to Mission Beach. We arrived early and already at 29 degrees we spent a good few hours reading, Erica was reading Sonja's left over gossip mags. We decided to move on and try and get a lunch time stop at another National Park. I went for a swim which was my first foray in to the seas of Australia and it didn’t disappoint.

We had lunch of leftover cheese and pickles and a bit of hummous and crackers and wandered down to the Paradise water hole. It wasn’t quite paradise but not too bad. We then did a 40 km drive up through the winding trails of the Paluma National Park. To be fair the viewing point wasn’t great considering the time and petrol invested but squinting between the trees there was just simply stunning scenery. Already the day had passed us by and with a couple of hundred km in the day we arrived at a place called Saunders Beach which had a rest area full of similar bargain hunting camper van hirers. It was right on the beach though, a real stunner of a beach with free barbeques, cold beach showers and some pretty terrible toilets.

We went for a walk up and down the beach and a game of Frisbee with Sonja’s final gift for us. A local dog was quickly on the scene though and picked up the Frisbee running away with it. It took me almost 30 minutes to get my Frisbee back then the dog would not leave me alone at all. In the end I had three dogs following my every move, they were harassing strangers and plopping on the beach, all of a sudden I realised people staring at me in disgust as they were thinking I was taking my unruly dogs for a walk and not cleaning up after them.

We also watched 3 birds of prey have a fight with a much larger bird over who was scavenging some meat from the beach, it was quite amazing but a bit worrying when with three dogs in tow, (one of which had started to jump up at me trying to get the Frisbee out from under my top) I didn’t know what was going to get me first. We came back to the van after our walk and drank orange and apple juice while I wrote the blog and Erica 'sorted’ the van.  Finally we have put everything away out of our ruck sacks so it feels a bit more permanent. Anyway we had a dinner of rehydrated Carbonara pasta bought for about 50p, mmm nice, do you think we can eat anything other than pasta and bread?

We also managed to get the laptop charged by a kindly man in the next caravan who had his own generator so we are up and running again with a bit of power.....result, these Aussies really are very accommodating.
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