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Day 70 - Saturday 14 July 2012

Eighty Mile Beach

We had another windy day at Eighty Mile Beach with 14 degrees overnight and a forecast of 28 degrees again. We had a lazy breakfast of eggs and bacon this morning.

We walked to the shop for freshly baked bread rolls for our lunch. After lunch we went for a long walk on the beach to collect shells – only about 20 people on the beach today as it was low tide.

The Eighty Mile Beach area was a rich pearling ground in the late 19th century, but at a high cost in lives. In April 1887 24 pearling schooners and luggers were destroyed in a cyclone with the bodies of 130 sailors and divers being washed ashore, one of the schooners was named Osprey.

Back at the caravan we washed our shell collection then walked back to the shop again for ice-creams. On the way back to the van we stopped for a while to watch the concert on the oval – they had a good sized audience, and raised almost $2,800 for the Royal Flying Doctor service.

Di with the old generator (oops!)

Di with the old generator (oops!)

The audience at the Concert

The audience at the Concert

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