aka A Few Days on the beach, chilling out!
15.09.2014 28 °C
MURDERING CREEK AND FLYING FISH POINT
WET ZONE, NORTH TROPICAL QUEENSLAND
(Also known as the Cassowary Coast)
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Kurrimine Beach is a spectacular spot on this equally spectacular coast, overlooking some of the spectacular islands of the Barrier Reef. Interestingly, Kurrimine is an Aboriginal word meaning Rising Sun – very appropriate – and Flying Fish Point is just north of Innisfail where, guess what … flying fish are sometimes seen!
In the early settlement years some bright spark obviously murdered someone and so an equally (un)bright spark renamed it Murdering Creek. Astonishing how much value some people put on placenames … well, it isn’t that unusual really as our dear little Skippy-dog is in a happy (we hope) environment in kennels at Murdering Creek Road in Peregian Springs, just south of Noosa!
I have to admit to a fascination with placenames all over Australia – well, everywhere to be honest! We’ve been to Humpty Doo, originally "Umdidu", an Aboriginal term which meant a popular resting place (NT), Gadgagu (Kakadu), Alligator River (incorrectly named) and shortly expect to be at Moonee Beach (NSW) in the not too distant future. I love the history of these place names.
We drove about 20km up the Bruce Highway to Innisfail this morning, to top up with shopping as we expect to do a few freebies in the forthcoming trip south – and need a full cupboard and frig - and while we were there had a look at this very interesting little town on the so-called Wet Zone of the North Tropical Coast. It’s a place where the majority of cyclones make landfall – and we even visited the relatively new Cyclone Shelter – impressive; had coffee on the banks of the beautiful Johnstone River in view of some very swanky yachts and catamarans!
It’s also an international port; one doesn’t swim in the river round here, nor in the creeks as there are plenty of ‘salties’ here too.
On the way back we forced ourselves into Murdering Creek Winery, tasted a few and it seems to me that we’ve bought enough booze to last until next Easter, but then we are expecting to meet up with our caravanning friends in November – so hopefully it will last until then!!! I can promise you that there won’t be much left after Moonee Beach … !
The industry up here is sugar, sugar and more sugar, with lots of bananas too. I’m sure we all recall quite clearly that after and literally hundreds of caravanners in the dry season and fishing enthusiasts too. After Cyclone Larry (I think it was back in 2010?), this coastline was completely devastated – houses, crops, shops, boats and beaches, and the entire banana crop here was ruined. The rest of Australia was paying about $14.00 a kilo for them which worked out at about $5.00 a banana at that time. It took a year for the new crops to bear fruit again so most of Australia did without bananas till then.Today we bought 2kgs of them for $2.00!
Today the sugar cane mulchers were hard at work, and filling the sugar cane trains too. We have booked a tour for tomorrow morning to have a look at the Tully Sugar Mill – expect it will be a fascinating experience.
S’all for now folks …. Ttfn xx
PS I’m really writing all these blogs for my sake and not yours! That’s so I (hopefully) will be able to print them all out and place into an album with my 3290 photos I seem to have taken!! Goodness me …