On Sunday, 20th September, we will spend the morning exploring the lowland section of an unnamed creek (we’ll call it ‘Cleveland Creek’) on Cape Cleveland. This sandy creek rises in gullies on the southern slopes of Mt Cleveland and takes a short track through eucalypt forest, eventually reaching the mangroves in Chunda Bay. We will walk along a ~1km stretch of the creek, most of it fringed with shady, gallery forest.
Meeting place: We will meet where Cape Cleveland Rd (the ‘AIMS Road’) crosses the creek – there’s space for car parking in a cleared area on the eastern side of the road, just north of the creek crossing (see map below). To get to ‘Cleveland Creek’, drive south on the Bruce Highway to the AIMS turnoff (10.3 km south of Alligator Creek), turn left across the causeway and follow Cape Cleveland Road towards the hills of Cape Cleveland. Just past the turn-off to Cocoa Creek (on the left, 12km from the Bruce Highway), the road curves to the right and crosses the creek – park just over the bridge, on the right.
Meeting time: At 9:00 am at ‘Cleveland Creek’ – allow about 30 min for the drive from the Cluden outskirts of Townsville.
Transport: People will provide their own transport, but please email us if you can offer someone else a lift, or need a lift yourself.
What to bring: Morning tea, *WATER*, gear for birdwatching and walking (in soft sand), hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and whatever else you might need.
We anticipate returning to Townsville before lunch. There is little chance of anyone getting lost, so people can do as much or as little of the walk as they wish.
Please email us if you are planning to come (so we know who to expect at the meeting point on Sunday) or if you have any questions.
MAP: (click to expand)