We were up and on the road again early to continue heading for home. As we headed south we visited some more gorgeous coastal spots that will go on our ‘must return’ list.
Just 35 kilometres south of Mackay is the small town of Sarina and this is where we stopped for breakfast. While we were stopped I discovered that there was a fantastic Art and Craft Shop there. It also doubled as the Visitors Information Centre. I picked up a couple of great hand made items for gifts at reasonable prices.
As we made our way south towards Rockhampton we decided to head towards the coast and stay the night at Yeppoon. We picked the Beachside Caravan Park to stay at and as the name suggests it truly is beach side. Miss Oz and I spent a couple of hours wandering around the shops and then enjoyed a walk along the beach. The weather was absolutely perfect and we really enjoyed our short stay there.
Our next stop after leaving Yeppoon was the port city of Gladstone. Gladstone is a rapidly growing city and central to several mining operations. We found a look out that was above the port and watched barges ferrying workers and huge earth moving equipment out to island mine sites.
Our last stop before heading for home was Maryborough. Arriving late we did our ‘quick set-up’. If we are only staying a single night somewhere and it looks like the weather is going to be fine we only put the tent up without attaching the awning. We thought as it was our last night we would treat ourselves to dinner at the local R.S.L Club so we didn’t even get our chairs out! This also makes packing up the next morning a lot quicker and easier.
Our final morning was grey and overcast – the first in our whole two weeks away. Even though the weather wasn’t looking to good we thought we would do a bit of sight-seeing along the way. We headed in towards Tewantin on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. We had previously seen a turn off to a look-out that we thought was worth going to have a look at.
Mt Tinbeerwah Lookout in the Tewantin National Park is about five kilometres off the Noosa-Cooroy Road. The road is quite steep and winding. Although part of it is un-sealed, it is still easily accessible by car. The lookout is a one kilometre return walk and I would suggest that you allow at least 30 to 40 minutes for the walk. Once you reach the lookout you are afforded the most fantastic 36o degreee views of the entire Noosa area. Despite the slightly overcast conditions we could still see a large part of the area which made for some great photo opportunities.