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A circle was formed in the park near the Gladstone Marina to conclude the 1,200km long walk for June and all the long and short distance walkers. The sharing of the experiences was brought to a sudden halt when the … Continue reading
How inspiring to be with a growing team of walkers through this week and the finale today. We sang outside the office of Santos in Gladstone main street. They left the balcony and shut doors and windows. Then we came over the … Continue reading
On the night before the walk into Gladstone, a large and colourful camp of vans and tents is developing at the Kin Kora caravan park. The supporters from Nimbin have brought Bennie Zabel’s beautiful flags. The local supporters bring … Continue reading
We are very near the end. Again and again I am surprised to meet wonderful people along the way, struggling in their own ways for the life of the Great Barrier Reef. They contrast so strongly with the heavy industry surrounding … Continue reading
Our amazing walk – now 1125km – is drawing to a close.
As we stay overnight in small communities, I notice contributions made to them by mining and energy companies. For example, a large sign on the fence of the school in St Lawrence declares it to be a Reef Guardian School sponsored … Continue reading
Our last Rest Day in Emu Park, with the opportunity to meet kids from the local Reef Guardian Schools at Keppel Sands and Cawarral. It is great to see kids so concerned about the health of the reef and eager to … Continue reading
A shorter walk today and it was like climbing a hill for a view into paradise as we glimpsed the clear pale blue waters of Keppel Bay coming down the hill in Emu Park. Some wonderful people are billeting us … Continue reading
Another wonderful walk, east from Rockhampton to Emu Park. This beautiful area is threatened by coal port development. No dredging here though – instead they plan to send barges loaded with coal across the bay.
What a powerful arrival today, at our last major town before Gladstone. Capricorn Conservation Council and other activists in Rockhampton welcomed us with music and information in the beautiful Kershaw Gardens. They have talented and experienced staff with high hopes … Continue reading
Walking the Bruce Highway for days, the most gruelling stretch, hot and requiring high levels of alertness saw a respite as we slowly drew nearer Rockhampton. Fewer villages except for the occassional roadside producer, almost all the small rural and … Continue reading
Hi, I’m Christa from Kempsey in NSW and joined the walk in St Lawrence on the last day of July. I was lucky that to begin with, we walked on the sometimes elusive, but always quiet and natural Bicentennial Trail. … Continue reading
Walking into Louisa Creek we were prevented from the short stretch to the Haypoint lookout……however a large sign indicated to the official lookout point with all its plagues, information boards and telescope. In daylight, as far as the eye will … Continue reading
Day 2 The next day, the Mackay Conservation Group http://www.mackayconservationgroup.org.au) organised a Save the Reef stall at a local Wine and Food Festival. We were joined there by Jonathon Dykie, the Greens candidate for Dawson, who is working his butt … Continue reading
Hi, I am Vicki and am walking my leg of the trip Sarina to Rockhampton. It’s such a privilege to be walking this land and amongst everyday people with the common aim to: Build awareness of the Great Barrier Reef … Continue reading
Hi everyone, its been a while since I’ve had an opportunity to catch up with you all. There is so much to tell, we have met so many wonderful people, enjoyed lots of fun activities so it hasn’t all been … Continue reading
What wonderful scenery we saw today walking through cattle stations and along the Styx River.
We came across a flying fox hanging from a barbed wire fence. He was beautiful – a rich red brown coloured, shining fur and a cute little mouth. However he was obviously distressed as he tried to disentangle his membrane … Continue reading
Bicentennial National Trail According to our map the Bicentennial National Trail follows the Bruce Highway from near St Lawrence to the turnoff to Wumalgi. However we struggled to find the trail. We walked off the highway for several kilometres but we … Continue reading
We’ve finally begun the long and isolated section of the Reefwalk between Sarina and Rockhampton. However it has been refreshing to have less traffic and a more natural experience. We’ve seen red-tailed black cockatoos, bush bustards, bush stone curlews, red-backed … Continue reading