Our retirement on Island Time as liveaboards.
Days 11, 12 ,13 and 14
We spent 3 ½ days travelling north to reach Airlie Beach where we had access to not only the Great Barrier Reef but also the Whitsunday Islands.
Day 11 we found a campground in Grafton S29.71 degrees E152.94 degrees. We had travelled north thru New South Wales. There were bush fires nearby and our campground was smoky. Grafton has many Jacaranda trees and is home to a Jacaranda festival every year.
Day 12 we camped in Childers S 25.33 degrees E 152.58 degrees in Queensland..
Day 13 we were in Sarina S 21.42 E 149.21 degrees.
The main road north had many picnic areas where you could stop and have lunch. Below are some birds who shared our lunch with us.
The land along the coast was dry due to a lack of rain. There were many fires along the coast especially in Queensland. The bush along the road was still smoldering in several areas.
There were many signs along the way that warned of kangaroos. The kangaroos are most active at dusk and dawn so we avoided driving at that time. Apparently they rest in the shade during the day and move about when it cools down. In some areas adjacent to bush areas there were quite a few dead kangaroos along the road. The large trucks which travel all night have metal grills on the front of their trucks so when they hit a kangaroo little damage is done to the truck.
There was some agriculture especially sugar cane which was irrigated. Along the coast are miles of narrow gage rail lines that are used to transport the cane.
Day 14 we arrive in Airlie Beach a major tourist area. S 20.27 E 148.70. We stayed five nights in order to spend time visiting the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands.
We had many visitors to our campground including Rainbow Lorikeets, Kookaburras, Sulfur crested cockatoos and a turkey.