Babinda (Camps 6: 14)
First stop was at the lovely green grounds of the free camp at Babinda where Bob had earlier promised me time to stop and see the craft shops in this little town which we could only view as we passed by on our earlier trip to the Boulders. We quite enjoyed our stay here, walking into town each day for coffee, ice cream and the inevitable visits to the local craft shops including a scrapbooking and papercrafts shop. We spent 3 nights there making friends with Bev and Col who taught us a new card game “Up & down the river”.
Frances Creek (Camps 6: 33)
It was time to move on, this time to Frances Creek. This smallish camp spot here is OK but nothing to rave about. There are picnic areas that are well lit at night. I did take a photo of the painted toilets. I am getting a collection of painted toilets together for a separate post one day. If you have some photos to share then send them to me by email along with details as to where the photo was taken.
|Painted toilets at Frances Creek|
Rollingstone (Camps 6: 36)
|Just one of the many murals at Rollingstone|
Next stop was at the Bushy Parker Park at Rollingstone. This huge park is off the main road and thus immediately you notice how quiet it is. It is a big area holding easily 40 or so vehicles even though we heard it used to be double this size once upon a time. There are picnic tables and BBQs there. You can easily walk down to the pebble lined creek there where Rollingstone gets its name. A short walk to the underside of the road bridge brings you to a surprising group of painted murals, definitely well worth a look. The camp ground is adjacent to the park housing the historic railway station building which was relocated from its original site a few miles away. There is a little corner shop just down the road for your fresh milk etc. There is a time limit of 72 hours stay here and a ranger comes around to check that people don’t overstay their welcome. We hear of peole rotating amongst the 3 free camps in the area. This appears to be accepted by the ranger.
|The historic railway station at Rollingstone|
Saunders Park (Camps 6: 40)
|Saunders Beach under moonlight|