The weather in our home town of TOWNSVILLE has not been that good this Winter. Usually Townsville which sits inside Cape Cleveland in North Queensland has perfect blue skies, lovely warm days and cool nights. The thought of Winter is cherished while we are melting away in the heat and humidity of summer. When winter arrives in the North, Grey Nomads from Melbourne pack up their caravans and head north to defrost.
Winter in Townsville – The Rock Pool
But this Winter it seems like the wind has not stopped blowing. Our nightly walk along the strand has evolved to suit the conditions. When the rock pool end is reached, we divert and walk one street back from the beach to avoid headwinds on the return trip. That in itself is not a bad thing as we have discovered new things of interest – like old Queenslander homes and apartment buildings not previously noticed.
So when the predicted calm weather came to fruition on the week-end, we excitedly packed a picnic lunch, and headed out to Cape Cleveland in our boat. We were hoping to catch some fish and maybe see whales, but we came up empty on both counts (well we did catch one Flathead for dinner last night).
As we left the Port the Red Baron Seaplane flew overhead on a sightseeing trip.
Although the whales were again nowhere to be found, we did see a succession of green turtles, a dolphin and one dugong. The turtles were very curious, popping their heads up and looking at us quizzically from various positions around the boat before heading off to graze on the sea grass beds just inside the cape.
This Green Turtle lives at Reef H.Q. but looks the same as the ones at Cape Cleveland!
It is always lovely to get out on the water, and Cape Cleveland was looking beautiful. With the onset of Winter, the grass on the Cape had browned and changed the character of the land completely. It had lost it’s tropical persona and taken on a Mediterranean one.
I am wondering if this is what the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey will look like in September?
The Lighthouse on Cape Cleveland.
Nearly time to Leave.
Now that it is Tuesday the wind is blowing again, but at least we did have a lovely winter’s week-end. Winter like it is meant to be in Townsville that is!