Day 6: Thur 3 July 2014: Rocky to Armstrong’s Beach
Armstrong Beach, Queensland
Amanda and I finally got to go for a morning walk today, something I promised to do everyday on the trip. We walked over the rail bridge and back along the south side of the river. There was a sign saying beware of crocodiles. Amanda is surprisingly concerned about the threat of crocs. Her sore foot is giving her trouble.
And so, 'Farewell,' to Rocky without any real chance to see or do anything. Oh well.
The trip north from Rocky up the Bruce Hwy is really dull but easy enough. Armstrong's beach is a great little place on the coast just south of Sarina. You turn off the highway and go over a huge train yard full of massive coal trains and through some cane fields down to a small village right on the beach. The caravan park is tiny and crowded but clean, the people are friendly and the spot is awesome. Our van is about 10 metres from the sand. The beach is on a wide bay with little waves rolling in quietly. The sand is hard and covered by billions of tiny sand balls made by tiny white crabs. C found interesting brown spiral shells that look a lot like the ones your average garden snail might have. She found a coconut which we cracked open and ate - she was so excited. J strung his homemade bow and tried it out on the beach. It shoots about 15m - not bad. I shot at a coconut on the tree and got the arrow stuck! A guy was riding a dirt bike up and down the beach doing tricks.
At dusk, 1,000's and 1,000's of fruit bats flew over the van - right over our heads. It went on for about 20 minutes. We could hear their little squeaks. It was just amazing. Couldn't get a picture of it though - just too dark for any of the cameras.
Picture: Amanda and C enjoying sunrise at Armstrong Beach