Little Crystal Creek   7 comments

A quick post on our road trip. After a few superb days on Magnetic Island we were back on the mainland and heading north towards our next stop. We needed a lunchtime stop for some R&R and a picnic lunch

 

The weather was superb so we thought a spot of river swimming was in order. Just north of Townsville are loads of rivers flowing out of the rainforest mountains of Girringum National Park. We chose Little Crystal Creek as the photos of the falls and its stone bridge looked rather appealing

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

It was. We dived straight in to the clear and startlingly, breathtakingly cold water. When I say “straight” I do of course mean me. The rest of the sherpas and funsters take an age in that typically British style where getting wet over a period of 10 minutes clearly warms the water up

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

It was great fun. Deep water, slides and jumps abound although even I was forced to call it quits such was the coldness of the water

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

The heat of the day was nice to sunbathe in, warming ourselves on the rocks

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

A picnic on the rocks finished off the excursion.

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

Bush Turkeys scrounging for food as they always do

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

I was tempted by a substantial leap into the pool under the bridge but I lost my nerve. I figure I’m getting too old for such things now.

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

queensland, little crystal creek, girringum national park, wild swimming

A couple of hours of fun set us up for the short drive to our next stop at Mission Beach

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7 responses to “Little Crystal Creek

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  1. No alligators or crocodiles in the rivers then?

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  2. Stunning. Was that first pool very deep, it looks like it might have been?
    The Devil may have all the best tunes, but Jimmy Murphy can really play the guitar.

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    beatingthebounds
    • The pools were deep and clear and cold. The mountain streams in this part of Queensland are amazing. You can imagine the fun I was having although the rest of the clan thought it was a little cold.

      I had no idea who recorded the track – I think it was on one of the compilations you did me but it was just down as “track 11”. Cracking little ditty

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      • He’s also responsible for the very odd ‘We Live A Long Long Time to Get Old’.
        Sample lyric: ‘Now there ain’t no use in crying poor old grandpa’s got to die.’

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        beatingthebounds

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