A Travellerspoint blog

August 2015

Dicky Beach

Friday - 31 July 2015

A beautiful day on the Sunshine Coast today - 12 to 26 degrees.

This morning we headed for Sat-Plus to look at the latest in roof-top satellite TV dishes. We wanted to look at the new Sat-King flat panel roof-top dish, but it has a major failing in that it will not work in NW Australia. Given that our future trips may include trips to Northern and NW Australia we passed on the Sat-King roof-top dish as a possibility.

We had a look at the Sphere automatic dish at $2,795, and the Max-View manual wind-up dish at $1,395. We discussed our problems with John, the Sat-Plus representative, about setting up our Mini-Max dish and were given some very good advice about how to set up our dish, which we had purchased from Sat-Plus in Melbourne some years ago. John gave us some side brackets (gratis) to position the LNB at exactly 760 mm from the top of the dish. If this works we may not need the manual wind-up dish - but good service might eventually be rewarded if we decide on the manual roof-top dish.

Second port of call was the Sun-coast Caravan Service for a replacement gas detector, as our old one had been malfunctioning for a few days now. We had disconnected the old one and had taken to turning the gas Off each night.

Back at camp David went for a walk on Dicky Beach where the local authorities had spent the last few days removing the remnants of the SS Dicky wreck, because of public safety concerns. All of the ribs, the stem and the stern were removed, and the keel was left to be covered up by more than a metre of sand.

As it was our last night at Dicky Beach we went to our club, the Dicky Beach Surf Club, for dinner. We both had fillet steaks with prawn toppers, and the meals were excellent. When we checked in at the caravan park we were given a voucher for a free bottle of Rothbury wine with two full-priced meals at the club, and that was good as well. It was just as well that we had booked a table as the place was packed.


Moffatt Head from Dicky Beach.


Maroochydore from Dicky Beach.


Excavators on the beach digging up the remains of the SS Dicky.


An empty hole where the SS Dicky used to be.


The last fragments of the SS Dicky being catalogued.


The last of SS Dicky about to be buried under a metre of sand.

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Calliope River to Dicky Beach

Thursday - 30 July 2015

Fine and sunny today for our 440 km trip from Calliope River to Dicky Beach.

We got away just after 9:00 am and stopped for fuel and a coffee at Gin Gin about 11:00 am. We stopped again for lunch at the Tiaro Information Centre before continuing on to the Dicky Beach Holiday Park where we arrived at about 3:30 pm. We checked in for 2 nights and were allocated Site 11 out the back of the park on the grass. We had just finished a quick set-up when Frosty arrived to welcome us to Dicky Beach. Frosty and Marg are here until Monday when they will leave for Southport, while we leave on Saturday for Tallebudgera Creek.

After setting up we went to our Club - the Dicky Beach Surf Club (its just over the back fence) for a couple of drinks. We were joined soon after by Frosty and Marg for a catch up on our recent travels.

No Photos today.

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Cape Palmerston to Calliope River

Wednesday 29 July 2015

Mainly fine and sunny today with south easterly breeze that will slow us down.

We left Cape Palmerston at about 9:10 am and headed south again for another longish trip of 380 km to Calliope. After following a caravan trundling along at anywhere between 80 and 90 kph, with no caravan mirrors, who deliberately sped up to 100 kph on the straight overtaking opportunities, for about 60 km we gave up and stopped at the Waverly Creek Rest Area for a coffee. While we had a coffee we were chatting to a couple from Devonport in Tasmania who like us migrate north for the winter each year. The rest area is well laid out with separate areas for cars, caravans and trucks, with overnight camping allowed. We will remember it for future trips north.

We stopped again on the outskirts of Rockhampton for fuel, we continued on to the Calliope Camping Area without a further break as we did not want to arrive too late for a good spot at a popular free camping area. We picked a spot on the south side of the river as the last time we were here we thought the south side to be the best. Now that we are on the south side we have decided that the north side is by far the best, with more camping areas and more green grassy sites.


Camped at Calliope River camping area.


Be Croc Wise in Croc Country.


Old Calliope River crossing.


Calliope Road Bridge from the old bridge.


Northern camping area at Calliope River - pic 1.


Northern camping area at Calliope River - pic 2.

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Cape Palmerston

Tuesday 28 July 2015

It was fine with a bit of cloud, but mainly sunny with a coolish breeze.

Today is a rest day after our long drive yesterday, so the only action was a short trip back out to the Bruce Highway for fuel. On the way back we stopped at the Greenhill Store for bread and a paper. There were no Australians at the Ilbilbie Roadhouse or at the store, so we had to make do with the Mercury – the Mackay Mercury is no better than Hobart’s Mercury.

No photos today.

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Townsville to Cape Palmerston

Monday 27 July 2015

Once again it was fine, sunny and very warm at 28 degrees in Townsville.

Today was to be a big day – Ayr, Home Hill, Proserpine, Mackay, Sarina and Ilbilbie – for a total of 463 km. We were on the road by 9:15 am and made a brief stop at the Home Hill dump point. Our next stop was at Bowen for fuel, then a lunch break in a rest area opposite the Big Mango just south of Bowen.

The Bruce Highway was quite busy in both directions with lots of trucks and caravans. No road trains any more but the B-Doubles are all the longer tri-axle variety and they are all desperate to pass any-one travelling below the speed limit. Luckily there were plenty of overtaking lanes. There were also a lot of trucks towing caravans heading south from the North Queensland Shows for the Ecka in Brisbane next week. We passed about 30 of then setting up for the night at the Sarina Showground.

We finally arrived at the Cape Palmerston Holiday Park at about 4:30 pm and checked in for two nights. This caravan park was fairly new when we first stayed here a few years ago, and is continuing to be further developed with more sites and excellent facilities. It is also very popular despite being a bit off the beaten track, and was nearly full for the night.

No phone signal and no free to air TV, so David went another round in the battle of the dish. We are getting closer to buying an automatic satellite dish on the roof of the van – but the $3,000 plus cost is holding us back at the moment.


Site 71 - Cape Palmerston caravan park.


Cape Palmerston caravan park panorama.


Cape Palmerston camping area.


Cape Palmerston caravan park.


Cape Palmerston camp kitchen.

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