01 Feb 2016

Heading Down Under - Aussie Land by valeriepeltier

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Rising with the sun, we got breakfast, made lunch and gathered our things for the day before heading out to the bus stop.
Not quite sure the name of our stop for the trail there was a little confusion and we ended up paying half the price for our bus ride. The stop at the harbour was about a km away from the beginning of the trail.
Originally thinking we would choose a shorter trail since we were still quite tired from the hill climbs in Townsville. When we reached the sign the information stated that the trail was 1.5 km with an additional 600m to the lookout.
The Beak Trail was brilliant with a smooth wide path, little elevation, a variety of vegetation and a massive amount of butterfly's. They fluttered their wings persistent to make their way down the path before me, surrounding me at moments and barely clearing my body as they passed by. There were at least 4 different kinds of butterfly's floating around with the majority being black and white patterned.
As we got closer to the beach the breeze cooled our skin. Standing in the shade of the tree we looked onto the beach before wandering down the shoreline to the side path leading to the lookout.
The 600m down the path didn't take long to accomplish. When we reached the lookout, the wooden platform stood amongst a patch of trees surrounding the hilltop. The top of the platform was in full sun so we decided to stand beneath it for a drink of water and to get out the camera to take a few photos. We didn't stay long before deciding to head back along the trail to the beach for a break and some lunch.
Along the way our pace was steady, until as I passed a spot in which the grass beside me began to rustle. As I took my next step I checked to the side in time to see a brown snake slithering its way into the bushes on the side of the path. We both stopped and so did the snake, figuring if neither of us moved it would continue along its path. It stayed still as can be so we took a photo and left it be. Excited from the sighting we made our way back to the beach to find a shady lunch spot to rest, watch for wildlife and eat our packed lunch.

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Just after dinner we got ourselves ready and made our way back into town, knowing that there would be live music. When we got to the pub we got a cider and picked a seat with a good view of the stage. This time around it was only one guy signing with a guitar where the evening before was three guys with bongos, guitar and a harmonica.
In the end we stayed for almost the entire show, but around 10:30 we went for a walk to get some fresh air and ended up buying some ice cream, before catching the bus back to seabreeze park for the night.