Interval at Cape Hillsborough National Park   10 comments

We left Eungella National Park for the relatively short drive to Airlie Beach, our base for the Whitsundays. We had some time to explore and had planned to do some wild swimming at the nearby Finch Hatton Gorge. The weather however was cool and cloudy and not exactly inviting us into the water. We figured the coast gave us a better chance of sunshine so we took a drive out to Cape Hillsborough.

 

As you can see it was an inspired idea.

cape hillsborough, queensland

cape hillsborough, queensland

The sun came out and despite the wind it was hot and humid. The beach was simply superb and we had the whole place to ourselves. We’d read that you can often find Kangeroos lazing on the beach but we were out of luck.

cape hillsborough, queensland

We took a stroll, well a steep climb actually, through the woods to the view points overlooking the beach and headlands. The views were magnificent although the billowing clouds seemed to be announcing a change in the weather and so it proved.

cape hillsborough, queensland

cape hillsborough, queensland

cape hillsborough, queensland

cape hillsborough, queensland

The woods were alive with huge blue butterflies and I managed to catch a couple of really good close ups.

cape hillsborough, queensland

cape hillsborough, queensland

We took another wander across the wide and empty expanse of sand. Like pretty much every beach we visited we shared the thought that if this was in Europe it would be absolutely mobbed with people. It was one of the over-riding impressions we took home just how uncrowded this part of the world is

cape hillsborough, queensland

cape hillsborough, queensland

We enjoyed another great picnic lunch in the really rather lovely parkland that sits behind the beach. The Australians do picnic areas really well, loads of shady tables, free BBQ to use, water and acres of spotlessly clean landscaped space.

cape hillsborough, queensland

cape hillsborough, queensland

It was a very fine half day stop off, finished off with a Mangrove Boardwalk amble that was equally fine

cape hillsborough, queensland

cape hillsborough, queensland

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Posted October 22, 2014 by surfnslide in Australia, Queensland

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10 responses to “Interval at Cape Hillsborough National Park

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  1. Love that butterfly photo 🙂 Tilly eats moths and butterflies, if she can catch them 😦

    How come there’s no photos of you?

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    • The butterflies were everywhere, there were some even more spectacular and bigger ones but they wouldn’t stay still long enough for a snap. Tilly could have had a decent snack out of them.

      Two reasons you don’t see me in photos:

      1. The rest of the family are worse than useless with a camera
      2. I have a face for radio, trust me, I’m better off behind the lens

      I do appear in one or two later in the trip (hidden behind a mask and snorkel mostly) so you’ll just have to be patient! 🙂

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  2. “The beach was simply superb and we had the whole place to ourselves.”
    “We were out of luck.”
    Now ask yourself: do those phrases belong together in the same post? paragraph?
    I think not. Amazing beach. Stunning butterfly.

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    beatingthebounds
    • Just out of luck with kangeroos you pedantic git 🙂

      Our luck with the weather ran out the next day though! The butterflies were everywhere, we saw more here than in the rainforest. It was hotter and more humid as well. A very fine spot indeed

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      • It’s a fair cop, guv….

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        beatingthebounds
        • 157 other offenses to be taken into consideration

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          • Which reminds me….I was going to send you a strongly worded letter, probably drafted by the family solicitor…..DB2 won’t stop telling everyone that he is ‘A snake, I’m a slithery snake. I’m a snake….etc’ ad infinitum. There’s a video. It isn’t remotely funny. But DB2 thinks its hilarious. I wasn’t perturbed: ‘Great, lets introduce Andy’s kids to this rubbish – get our own back.’
            ‘Where do you think DB2 get this from?’ TBH replied, with a heavy sigh.
            Aaaaargh! I like trains.
            Nope, didn’t work.

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            beatingthebounds

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