The Temptations once said: "Papa was a rolling stone, my son. Wherever he laid his hat was his home. (And when he died) All he left us was alone." Well, that's kind of how we feel about all our caravanners who are now headed back south. Sad times. But since some of them will also be free camping in Rollingstone on their way home, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to play nothing but the Rolling Stones all day long (with some Grateful Dead thrown in to mix things up a little).
Site 61: One careful owner, low mileage, well-manicured gardens, non-smoking, close to the beach. $38 per night. Definitely worth dropping in and taking a look.*
* Inclusion of infinity pool and swimsuit lady subject to negotiation.
Rob and Doug showing off their catches of the day, while Chris Wright hooked some sort of sea monster which looks like a pink Kraken.
Tobruk Memorial Baths is a beautiful complex of outdoor swimming pools located on The Strand in Townsville. We went there on our day off yesterday and we were most impressed. The lap pool is heated which makes it really nice to relax in, but just try swimming long distance and it's a whole different kettle of fish! We had never swam in a pool so warm before, and we were surprised by how quickly it caused fatigue compared with cooler water. Anyway, we had to Google this phenomenon and according to the internet most swimmers prefer colder water because not only does warmer water make you drowsy, it also heats swimmers up, making it very uncomfortable to swim long distances. In fact, colder water is scientifically proven to boost swimmers' endurance and make them swim faster. Freaky, but those are the facts people.
Fed up with all the baby jumpsuits we've been getting decorated with rabbits and rainbows and other girlie stuff we (=Bruce) decided to buy the little guy something more appropriate... Go Cowboys!
Dunk Island View Caravan Park and Café adverts have been hitting the airwaves lately. Listen to our 4KZ ad by clicking the image below. We asked for a pirate voice but their production team ran out of time before the banana festival. Arrr, blow me down.
After Bruce's swim to Dunk, we received some interesting info on other intrepid island swimmers. Back in the day, marine charts referred to Bedarra island as Richards Island then Allason Island after the first European settler, Captain Henry Allason. Early in the 20th century author E.J. Banfield who lived as a beachcomber on Dunk Island began using the name Bedarra, a misspelling of the Aboriginal term Biagurra which roughly translates to "the place of endless water".
Captain Henry Allason, inspired by Banfields book ‘Confessions of A Beachcomber’, purchased Bedarra from the Queensland Lands Department in 1913 for the paltry sum of 20 pounds (he also bought Timana Island at the same time). He and his wife settled on the sandspit corner of Bedarra near the spring, until he was forced to return to Europe when World War 1 broke out. By owning both islands he could swim the strait between them on occasion. In France in 1914 Allason was gassed and spent the remainder of his life recovering in a nursing home in Nice. In 1934 he sold the property to the Harris syndicate of London. This blog is getting very educational...
There is a cake competition at the Banana Festival this afternoon with entries costing a mere $5. We have no idea what the prize is, and apparently you don't get your cake back, so we're not really sure why we're entering it, but hey, it must be for a good cause somewhere along the line... Anyway, here is our resident star chef Lyndel's beautiful creation, and Bruce's doughnut-inspired, flower-themed banana cake with yellow icing ('Tactical Nuclear Banana Cake'). The entry deadline is 3.34pm with judging taking place at 4.30pm. Post update: We now know that 1st prize is $125, 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25 and the competition is in memory of Heather Campbell.
When Nigel Campbell was a little boy, his mum Heather, would bake her family the most amazing cakes; her speciality being the Banana Cake. Once a month, Heather would dress in her nicest frock and meet with a group of fine ladies to share an afternoon filled with delicious cakes, tarts, tea and great company. Of course there was the occasional Banana Cake. During the day, while Nigel was working hard at school, his mum would put on her apron and also be hard at work baking amazing treats. The wonderful aroma would waft down the road where Nigel's nose discovered what his mum had in the stove that afternoon. Ding-a-ling-a-ling, went the 3 o'clock bell, and Nigel and his mates would follow the aroma up the road and into the Campbell's kitchen - Yum, Yum!... Delicious! Sadly, Heather Campbell is no longer with us, however, several years ago her son Nigel decided he would sponsor the Banana Festival's Banana Cake Competition in memory of his mother. Nigel is a big farmer boy now, and what type of farmer do you think he is? You're right! He's a banana farmer, and he would love you to enter your best Banana Cake again this year. Wonderfully, judging of the Banana Cakes will be undertaken by two fine ladies who celebrated the baking tradition with their friend Heather Campbell many years ago.
Over sixty of our campers organised a full moon party on the beach last night, complete with bonfire, pets and children. Just magical folks.
Graham & Sue Denny have recently taken over management of the caravan park and will be posting updates from time to time on this page. This is the place to find out what's been going on and what exciting things we have coming up...