Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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On the grass behind the Marborough Hotel
We first of all headed down to Eungella National Park, (as recommended by Sonja and Col - So Sonja in response to yesterdays comment did you get to Eungella the answer is yes!)
We were simply thrilled at our morning and celebrated by cracking out the cooking gear and having a suasage butty with fired onions. We set off again and did a walk around i think it was called sky view up in the hills and it too was amazing looking out again over pioneer valley. Again there were parrots just everywhere making a racket.
We jumped back in the van and made our way back down the tracks using a special steep slope gear we found in the manual
Back to the van again and headed over to cape Hillsborough again it seemed to be a good amount of km travelling east so we are added lots of km to our drive but it is definitely worth it. After travelling through more sparsely populated areas (where we discussed the merits of living.. well right out in the middle of nowhere) we reached the cape. We initially speed walked the Mangrove Walkway which was quite interesting then headed down to Cape Hillsborough beach. We were hoping to see Kanagaroos and Wallabies on the beach but apparantly it is either a dusk or dawn thing again. We contemplated just setting up camp here. We have been contemplating for days following Cols advice and heading in land at this point as there is not too much to see for a few hundred km South of here, however inland would have been adding even more km, the petrol situation and my driving boredom meant we took the easy short cut down the coast.
We saw so much wild life on the drive, we saw a bird of prey collect a live snake at the side of the road then apparently get attacked by another two birds and drop the snake
Anyway the sun had already set in a stunning magical way and we found the vans behind the Marlborough hotel in Marlborough. Although we had to pay $5 to use showers and toilets its still a bargain. The bar again was full of hard cattle ranchers who had just finished their day but we didn't buy a drink just paid the fee.
Back to cheapskateville we had couple of bottles of Bowlers run and had pasta with tomato sauce, onions and sausage and enough garlic to kill a small dog (I use this phrase as I bet you didnt know a male platypus has enough venom to kill a dog!! I know I'm boring), we got chatting to an Aussie couple from the Winnabago next to us and were joined by the Marlborough's Italian sheep Dog, who looked, well like a sheep. An early night but a great great day.