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Eungella National Park and Cape Hillsborough, Australia

August 2, 2009

Day 86

We woke up early and drove the entire day from Hervey Bay to the entrance of Eungella National Park. It was dark by the time we arrived so we couldn’t do much. We parked the campervan in the visitor center by the park entrance, made some instant noodles on the gas cooker, and went to bed.

Day 87

Today turned out to be an eventful day…which was good because it is our 6 year dating anniversary.

Since we woke up at the entrance to Eungella National Park we were able to get an early start. After a quick breakfast from the back of the camper van, we went to the platypus viewing area.  Eungella NP is one of the few places where platypus (platypii?) exist in the wild.  In addition to some platypus (platyppi? I’m convinced that platypusses is not correct but whatever), we also saw some turtles and a kingfisher bird:

One of the turtles at the platypus viewing area.

One of the turtles at the platypus viewing area.

The kingfisher birds at the viewing platform. They would dive into the water and spear small fish with their beaks, then eat them at their leisure on a branch.

The kingfisher birds at the viewing platform. They would dive into the water and spear small fish with their beaks, then eat them at their leisure on a branch.

The platypiipusses were really difficult to catch on camera since they only come up for short periods. All of our pictures of them are a bit blurry.

The platypiipusses were really difficult to catch on camera since they only come up for short periods. All of our pictures of them are a bit blurry.

After watching the platypiipusses we went for a three hour walk in the tropical rain forest that is part of the national park.  The walk was really pretty, but by far the most memorable part of today was…. THE LEACHES!!:

So, they weren’t nearly the size of the ones in Stand by Me, but there were really tons of them crawling all over our pant legs. Good thing we both wore long pants that day.

On anniversaries, some men take their wives to fancy restaurants and buy them flowers or jewelery. I took my wife on a three hour trek through a tropical rain forest where literally dozens of leaches drew blood from her legs.

After our trek through the Leach Pit of Eungella National Park, we got back in the camper van and headed towards to coast. We decided to stop for the night in a place called Cape Hillsborough, as they advertised that they had kangaroos and wallabies in the campsite and on the beach in the morning. They weren’t lying. We had a few in the campsite that night and woke up the next morning to watch them as well…

Day 88

We woke up this morning and went down to the beach to see the kangaroos and wallabies. Most of them were semi-tame, so you could get close to them and pet them:

This creepy looking stingray was also washed up on the beach that morning:

After breakfast we drove to Airlie Beach where we booked a trip to the Whitsunday Islands for the next day. We also went to an Indian Restaurant for dinner (to celebrate our 6 year dating anniversary. Our first date in a restaurant was to an Indian place.). The food was terrible, but at least we got to have Indian food for our annivesary.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2009 12:06 pm

    This post makes me rethink or decision not to stop in Australia this time… the kangaroos on the beach are adorable.

  2. February 6, 2010 2:25 pm

    I can’t believe you can get so close to the kangaroos! …and that string ray – amazing!

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