As advertised in the April/May update, our next field outing will be a weekend trip to explore some of the natural attractions in the Cardwell area.
We will also have the opportunity to join our friends from the Cassowary Coast / Hinchinbrook Branch of Wildlife Queensland who are co-hosting a Creatures of the Night event on Saturday evening (June 23rd).
Please read on to see what is planned as well as some helpful hints on where to stay – if there other places you know of please feel free to let us know. (NB A few people are going up on Friday and hope to do some spotlighting that night – in addition to that being offered on Saturday evening. Let us know if you are also going up early and would like to join us)
PROGRAM (Not completely set in concrete – some details may change!)
SATURDAY 23rd 12 noon meet in Cardwell near the jetty (adjacent to Cardwell Information Centre). Drive time from Townsville is approx 2hrs, allow extra 30 mins for stops or roadwork delays.
12-3.00pm (approx) We will drive in convoy (possibly car-sharing) along the Cardwell Forest Drive which forms a loop around the back of the town. We will stop to do the very pretty walk up to a couple of lookouts over the town and Hinchinbrook Channel, then continue the drive to Attie Creek where we can do the climb up to Attie Falls and swimming hole. (The water will be cold but the brave can take the plunge if they wish!). Continue along Forest Drive visiting Dead Horse Creek and the Spa Pool if time permits, before returning to Cardwell to check into accommodation and have a rest before the next event!
From 4.30pm: Meet at Cardwell Lions Club, St Albans Street, for the Creatures of the Night event, including a sausage sizzle, an opportunity to win a prize in Moo Poo lotto(!), a short documentary film and spotlighting. (Bring torch and chair, if possible). This event will run till about 9.30pm – you are welcome to attend for all or part of the evening.
Meet 8.30 am at Cardwell jetty (as above). Drive 5km north of Cardwell to visit the Edmund Kennedy section of the Girramay National Park for a walk through the park and along the wild beach looking out to the islands. The morning will include a visit to the Arthur Thorsborne Arboretum (Artie’s Arbie), established at the entrance to the Park in tribute to the late Arthur Thorsborne. It contains a wonderful selection of native food trees for cassowaries and Torres Strait pigeons – and many other species.
The walk, and the Arboretum visit, is expected to take at least the whole morning, allowing time for a picnic lunch at the beach, or back in Cardwell, so that people can easily make the drive home in daylight.
SOME ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS IN CARDWELL (If you know of other places not listed here let us know)
Beachcombers Motel and Tourist Park, Marine Parade (motel part fronts directly onto beach, cabins are between that and the main road) – has motel rooms, cabins, powered sites and very limited non-powered campsites. Ph 4066-8550.
Beachfront Motel, Scott Street (just off main road, close to beach) – motel rooms. Ph 4066-8776
Cardwell at the Beach (aka Lyndoch Motel), Victoria Street (ie main road) – motel rooms. Ph 4066-8500
Cardwell Van Park, Roma Street (2 blocks back from main road, mountain side) – cabins (different types) and powered camp sites. Ph 4066-8689
Kookaburra Van Park, Victoria Street (ie main road) – motel rooms, cabins, powered campsites Ph 4066-8648
Meunga Creek Caravan and Camping, Ellerbeck Road (6km north of Cardwell, just off highway on western side) Ph 4066-8710
National Park camping – The only NP camping is at Murray Falls but please note this is about 41km north-west of Cardwell so, unless you really like doing a lot of driving, is probably not suitable for most people on this trip. Campsites must be booked online via the National Parks website.