No Taipans....

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Mar 23, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, March 15, 2013

We took a detour inland to see if we could get a ride on a treetop ropeway which sounded fun. The website said that there would be a tour possibly available at 1pm so we headed up the valley and found the signs pointing to this Lonely Planet noted attraction. Having put the new tyre (and the three older ones) through the torture of rutted unsealed mountain tracks, it was only on the sign just before the securely locked gate that we read "by prior appointment only". There was no-one in sight and we were parked facing up a dead end single track road with only tropical rain forest to each side. Dan spun us round though and took us, instead, to Finch Hatton Gorge where there was a track up to a fine waterfall with a pool suitable for swimming. So, we trekked up this path and what do you know, having escaped Proserpine (or Prozzie as we locals like to know it) without encountering any snakes, we find that the path to the pool is being guarded by what we are told is a Carpet Python. Sorry Becks, no Taipan pictures, how will this do?

The pool was lovely, if a touch cold, and we had great fun (well, two of us did!) jumping in off the rocks.

When we returned up the track, the snake was no longer guarding the path. Not sure where it had got to. Thankfully never saw it again....

Interestingly, when we were in the car park preparing to leave, a car full of four guys, each with leather gaiters protecting their shins, arrived back at their ute with about half a dozen hessian bags, which we assumed to be (quite big) snakes they had hunted....

We had been driving quite a lot and knew there were few places of any interest coming up soon so we stocked up on supplies and headed south knowing that we'd come across somewhere to camp soon on the side of the Bruce Highway. We did. It was called Brandy Goblet. No idea where it was and none of the camp books featured it. A couple approaching retirement had bopught themselves a plot of land, built a nine hole pitch and putt and, very recently, put on half a dozen camping pitches. They had a clubhouse for the golf and there was little else around. They were a great couple and were happy to take $22.50 off us for our three pitches, to include three rounds of golf. That was possibly the best evening's camping we've had so far. Bought a couple of beers from their bar, cooked some gourmet meal involving chicken and pasta on a single burner next to our tents and sat and watched the most star filled sky you could possibly imagine until very late. I was even looking, for the first time in my entire life, in the right direction to see a couple of shooting stars.....

The following morning, we lingered for a round of golf on a course which, it should be said, will improve (a lot!!) with age. Experience and skill eventually came through and I ended up whoopping those two youngsters..... A great time was had by all.
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Becks on

It'll do, if that's all I'm getting...I trust the close-up was the result of a super-zoom and not a bit of bravado?!

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