Saturday, 5 July 2008

Bowen's Beaches: off the tourist circuit

Cape Edgecumbe points north into the Coral Sea. Its western side borders Queen's Bay, Bowen's longest and best known coastal spot. The eastern side is corrugated with tiny bays and beaches that are not so well-known to tourists. Several one-lane roads (I use the term loosely) cross the cape and join up with walking tracks that link the bays.

Each bay has its own personality. These two are only about 100 metres apart, separated by a rocky ridge.

Murray Bay

Clear water and fringing reef

And the odd rock pool

Cautious wildlife

And a short distance south along the track ...

Pandanus and she oaks are characteristic of tropical beaches

Living sculpture

Pumice washed in from somewhere in the western Pacific Ocean

Pied cormorant on the lookout for lunch


Mosura said...

Terrific photos - makes me think I need to migrate north for the winter.

Denis Wilson said...

It seems many of the Victorian Nature Bloggers are all on the move - north.
Boobook48 (Bushranger) is there somewhere, too.
Half your luck.

Snail said...

Not bad, is it? And to think I spent so much time avoiding Bowen when I lived up north. Shame on me!


No plastic? No cans? No bottles? Amazing! Compare to this.

Sherrie Y said...

Ooooooh! Ahhhhhh! May I come along next time?

Snail said...

Aydin, there was some plastic rubbish mixed up with the pumice but not a great deal. Those northern beaches are usually pretty clean, apart from the odd bit of fishing gear that washes in from trawlers.

Sherrie, you know you (and DM, of course) are more than welcome to tag along any time!

Geoff_D said...

More memories. Did some groundwater work a bit further north (immediately north of Abbot Point) some years ago, including an investigation of the groundwater potential of the back dunes (not much, thank goodness). Also some geotech drilling across a shallow ephemeral lake near Abbot Point. Top metre of profile logged as "several thousand years' worth of accumulated duck poo, green, wet".

Snail said...

It'd make fine fertiliser for someone's tomato farm!