Day 7: Fri 4 July 2014: Armstrong’s Beach
Armstrong Beach, Queensland
We decided to skip Eungella NP and have a second day here because it's a great spot and also just to allow everyone to catch breathe. We all went walking up the beach and around town. This is a sleepy beach-shack kind of place where every second house has a TE20 and a boat. No fences, curbing or shops. A, J and I went in to Sarina for lunch, some shopping and a tour of the sugar mill (Sarina Sugar Shed). There are 160 varieties of sugar cane, the mill uses everything from the cane to make a range of products including fertiliser, and energy (burning the bagasse to generate power: enough to power the mill and 1,000 houses). The tour was interesting but the guide was young and not very good and the whole thing was terribly overpriced. C stayed at the van to juice lemons acquired from a nearby tree and crack coconuts found on the beach. Beach soccer in the evening - Dad lost both games. C and I built a bridge out of logs over a little creek. C fed the plumed whistling ducks, a flock of which seem to live in the van park. One pooped on J's favourite shoe. It was very funny.