Tin Can Bay to Gladstone
A very early start of 5.30am saw us all walking around like zombies trying to put the camper van in order to set out for the day. We managed to get sorted and actually arrived in time for the dolphins. The place is called Barnacles Dolphin Centre, where you pay $5 entry and $5 to feed them. They are wild dolphins and the centre only feed them 3kg of fish per day which counts for a third of their daily feed meaning they don’t become beggars of food or become reliant on humans for their food. Another great thing about the place is that they have a cafe which gives you discount on food and drink when you pay your entrance! At 7am they let you get knee high into the water with the dolphins and they give you information about the Australian Humpback dolphins. At 8am you get your fish and go individually into the water to feed them. I’ve never done anything like this before and always have wanted to so it was a really cool experience. What’s more it was cheap and the dolphins are wild.
We then set off to Bundaberg where we didn’t find much, and decided to head to a creek called Black Man’s Gap. After travelling down a dirt track road following instructions it turned out the creek didn’t exist… typical. So on it was to find something else to see. We drove another hour or so to Gladstone where there was equally not a lot going on. There is Mt Larcom just outside of Gladstone which looks quite a good walk. Reports say it is quite tricky but not that high. It wasn’t the right time of day for me to be wandering up a mountain however, so we rocked up to Police Creek Rest stop for the night and had a few goons!
Gladstone to Airlie to Ayr
Up we got early the next day to arrive at Airlie Beach. It took us around 6-7 hours and by the time we arrived we were absolutely pooped! We stayed in Nomads hostel which has a camping ground behind it. It has hot showers, toilets, powered site option and amenities. It is by far the best hostel I have seen to park the van in. The site had a pool and a bar and there was always something going on. We had an early night after a long day so we would be ready for the next day.
Our first full day here, we went to explore the town and ended up having a lunch at the Northern for $15, calamari chips and salad and a beer! Can’t go wrong really! It was Sunday and on Sundays the hostel run a Sunday funday so we hung out in the sun and met some cool people and ended up blogging away in their bar The Shed until the early hours!
Our last morning in Airlie saw us travelling just 30 minutes away to Cedar Creek Falls with our previous hostel buddy Meg. The creek was beautiful with a tall cascade of water and jungle trails surrounding the lagoon. We even saw a turtle in the lagoon!
After this we pressed on up the coast to Ayr to sleep at our friend Connor’s house he is staying in with some friends. There isn’t a great deal to do in Ayr however it seems a good place to be if you are just working and living for a while to save money.