Queensland Roadtrip Pt6
What a fun name, we thought. It tickled our fancy and ignited that playfulness side of us. We came across Ball Bay as we were searching for an idyllic place to relax for a few days. Luckily for us, we had found that perfect place.
It’s always a relief to have a decision made to where we would camp. As there was more than one enticing place to camp. We were looking forward to having the luxury of a beachfront camping site as well as being positioned in a National Park.
Where is this beautiful Bay?
Tucked away just north of Mackay in Tropical Queensland, Ball bay is situated in Cape Hillsborough which is a coastal outcrop of land that thrusts itself towards the Great Barrier Reef.
A mix of rocky headlands, rich rainforests, white sandy beaches and eucalyptus forests that plunge down to the brilliant blue ocean below, Cape Hillsborough has mainly been designated a National Park.
Unlike many of Australia’s other best National Parks, Cape Hillsborough is simple to get to; with sealed roads and clear signs’
The preserved landscape and incredible views this places showcases are almost second to none, and one of our now favourite Australian beaches is situated amongst all of this.
Here are some of the reasons why.
Most mornings, we woke in time to enjoy the sun rising over the horizon. Casting a warm glow over the beach, it really did give us that “we are happy to be alive” sort of feeling. For me, it added more incentive to head on up and over the hill to check out the next bay. This short walk where the journey happened to be more enjoyable than the destination. As at the next bay, there was a beached whale not that I lingered to look closely at it. My curiosity doesn’t stretch to dead animals.
For locals, it was a different story as many of them made their morning ritual walk to the bay to see if the dead whale was still there. Going swimming was halted abruptly as we knew there were sharks in abundance due to the whale carcass. Having spotted one or two. We valued our limbs more so than a dip into those bright blue waters.
At the far end of the beach, it seemed more “wild and untouched” and where we would more likely find a crocodile or two. Not that we were looking, just making an observation from a distance.
Our view as we headed back to camp after walking the length of the beach. There was to be an encounter with a smaller being and much cuter than any crocodile could be. The pleasant surprise occurred when we came across a large number of sand bubbler crabs trying to escape from our curiosity and intrusion. To view what we saw do check out my popular video on Instagram
It wasn’t only the sand bubbler crabs keeping us entertained. We had regular visitors of the feathered variety, making their presence known. Usually around mealtimes. No, we didn’t feed them as I can’t see how our food would be of any nutritional value to their diet.
Later in the day when it was too warm to wander down the beach, we took refuge under the canopy of the palms. A pleasant stroll to stretch our legs.
Ball Bay is all about the sunrises.