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First and lasting impressions

Walking into Louisa Creek we were prevented from entering the short stretch to the Hay Point lookout, aagggrrraaa, Advertisements

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A Diary of a walker

Day 1 Having joined the Reef Walk in Mackay, I came prepared for 10 days with others walkers. However, instead of being exposed to the Bruce Highway, as the others had been for most of the journey, since Cairns, I … Continue reading

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Unexpected Invitation

Hi everyone, I know  we have missed a few very interesting days to blog about but I am tired and I just could resist blogging about today.  Five of us left Louisa Creek this morning, farewelled by our host Betty, … Continue reading

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Undetonated bombs dropped on the reef

We were horrified to hear that four bombs had been dropped from a plane onto the reef in the joint US/ Australia training exercise Talisman Sabre. There are so many threats to the reef already. How can we accept the placement … Continue reading

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Reefwalk welcomed to Mackay

Today we walked into Mackay, joined by locals who are passionate about caring for the Reef. It was a great morning with CPR (Communities Protecting Our Region). Local indigenous lady Mabel Quakawoot and young Patrick Fitzgerald gave inspiring speeches.

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Road kill

How sad to see all the road kill. Going through Ayr and Burdekin regions we saw many beautiful white owls dead on the road, together with wallabies and other creatures. Today there were three echidnas. What a waste of our … Continue reading

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A day of meetings on the walk

Today was a great day for meeting kinspeople, just by chance. First a bus from “Dirt cheap tours” stopped and 16 people spilled out. They are on tour up the coast of Queensland to explore the coal and coal seam … Continue reading

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Ecobarge volunteers

We spent a free day at Airlie Beach working with volunteers at Ecobarge marine clean up. 400Kg of litter found on one of the Whitsunday Islands last week required sorting and counting. It was shocking to see the waste that … Continue reading

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Fast Walkers Earn Extra Day

After leaving Bowen, we were a bit short on accommodation , we travelled back to Maria’s for one night walking extra klms, then onto Maria’s friend Lisa’s place, also doing extra klms so we eventually arrived in Airlie a day … Continue reading

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2nd July Ayr to Inkerman

After two nights and a rest day in Ayr we walked out on Tuesday July 2 towards Home Hill on the southern side of the Burdekin River. Ayr is memorable for the “Burdekin Snow” (the black ash from burning cane … Continue reading

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My Experience of the walk.

Hello, my name is Taylah Johnson and I joined the Reef Walkers to walk from Townsville to Alligators Creek. It started off easy and I thought I could definitely make it to Alligators Creek easy, but it turned out it … Continue reading

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MY EXPERIENCE ON THE REEF WALK

My name is Aussie Johnson and I joined the reef walk twice, once in El Arish and once in Townsville. I joined the walk because I wanted to be a one of the many people that are fighting to save … Continue reading

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Goodbye Creek

What a strange name for this little creek – Goodbye Creek. I had a quick dip in the water here. The spot is near the turnoff to Abbot Point on the Bruce Highway. News from our new Federal Minister for Environment … Continue reading

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Sugar cane

We walked through more cane fields today, and enjoyed watching harvesting. It’s like a huge lawnmower. Some of the cane farmers seem anxious about our efforts to protect the reef. However sugar cane can be one of Australia’s sustainable industries, where we … Continue reading

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Windy Bowen

Our second day out of Bowen was probably the hardest days walk yet for me.  Yesterday afternoon was quite windy and I think that is why I woke up this morning with a sore neck/shoulder.  Carrying the flag was very … Continue reading

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Who’s the Threat at Abbott Point!

After consultation with Tub (who lives at Abbott Point ) we made plans to drive to his place, leave our vehicles and walk 2 1/2 km to the port gate where we would hang banners and take photos .  The … Continue reading

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Bowen to Airlie Beach

We spent an amazing few days in the delightful town of Bowen. Saturday was a walk to the Abbot Point Port, including people of all ages from a child in a pram to elderly locals joining the Reefwalk for the day. … Continue reading

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Mt Inkerman

As we approached the campsite at Inkerman, a couple of walkers were tempted to climb Mt Inkerman. A steep 2km climb was a sharp culmination of a 20km hike. However views from the top made it worthwhile, as we could … Continue reading

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Overnight visit with Dominique and John

After an uneventful 20klms walk we arrived at Dominique and John’s small property where we were welcomed with a cup of tea then a walk around their place.  Dom is a bat rescue/carer, it was interesting to hear her stories … Continue reading

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Dominique joins the walk

  I walked through the Burdekin yesterday with June, Kerry, Rosalie and Nick whom I met the night before. Twenty-two kilometres, waow, I’ve never walked that far before!  Of course,  that is nothing compared to the distance these four walkers … Continue reading

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