Airlie Beach – 13th July. Celebrate June Norman’s and Reef Walks’ arrival to Airlie Beach. June and fellow Reef Walkers arrival to Airlie Beach will mark the halfway milestone of their epic 1200km journey to Save the Reef.
Walk with June and fellow Reef Walkers from the VMR Carpark along the beautiful foreshore to the Airlie Beach Markets, then listen to June’s tales of the walk so far. Kids can enjoy some fun activities at the markets too! Continue reading
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 see the surrounding sugar cane and bush areas, and over the reef. Continue reading
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 and see the bats inside and outside a specially built enclosure. Continue reading
Dominique is involved in bat rescue so we chose this photo of flying foxes for her
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 will achieve by the time they get to Gladstone but it was great for me to participate and to share the day with such an inspirational bunch of people. Continue reading
Rosalie blogging by torch light
While waiting at the support vehicle Nick met Lindy who had been to the Bob Irwin meeting earlier in the week. She invited us to stay with her and her husband David on her property just a few klms from Alligator Creek. We were booked into the national park,but after a short discussion it was a unanimous decision to accept the hospitality of a local and what a good choice we made. David and Lindy’s property bordered on National park and was very beautiful. Continue reading
9am Thursday 27th and almost twenty people enjoyed breakfast at Mary Who Bookshop before 13 of us walked out of Townsville to Alligator Creek. The day was sunny but a cool breeze made it pleasant walking. It was so great having Taylor and Aussie (Kerry’s grandchildren) and Ethan keeping us on our toes. The traffic was heavy, the verge was narrow in parts but we had lots of people blowing their horns and waving. It was sad to have the kids leave us at Alligator Creek,but we hope to hear from Taylor and Aussie on the blog.
After a successful evening with Bob Irwin at Reef Headquarters Rosalie, Nick, Nicole and Olive caught the ferry to Magnetic Island where we were met by Marie. Nicole and Olive left us to have their holiday and Rosalie, Nick and I drove to Marie’s house. Continue reading
Industrial development at Gladstone Harbour
Last night’s information session was part of Bob Irwin’s speaking tour, supported by the Australian Marine Conservation Society . Lots of people came and it was really informative. The scale of planned industrial developments in the reef is shocking. For the short term gain of exporting coal – the principle cause of carbon dioxide emissions – one of the contributors to destruction of the reef – we will see the reef destroyed forever. Continue reading
They must be shady characters as they are trying to stop coal mining
The walkers left Mutarnee early on Friday morning 21st June, headed to Toomulla Beach.
Meanwhile Premier Newman had heard that a clandestine group, an unholy alliance of non-government agencies were trying to shut down Queensland’s coal industry. Continue reading
Nicole and Olive from Cairns re-joined us at Bluewater for the walk to outskirts of Townsville. A lovely sunny day and we were greeted and supported by many drivers.
One car stopped by the road and a delightful couple from Bluewater stepped out with gifts. Greg, a truck driver, said he had seen us over the past weeks as he drove his vehicle to Cairns and back. He and his partner had pumpkin cake and pineapple ready to eat. Continue reading
After our visit to Rollingstone School this morning we visited Mutarnee School this afternoon. It was a beautiful little school with 13 pupils today. They were very interested in the Reefwalk and the details of how far we walked each day and each week, and were concerned that we did rest at times along the way. All children enjoyed the story of Klaw and wished him well on his journey to Gladstone. Continue reading
Hi I’m Rosalie. I joined the Reefwalk at Ingham Railway Station where I was met by June, Jane and Kerry waving Reefwalk flags. I knew straight away I was in for an exciting and inspiring 8 week journey, meeting people, sharing stories, inspiring one another, seeing the reef, rainforest and industry. Continue reading
white tailed rat native to the far north rainforest…he he
While walking between Cardwell and Ingham we a picked up a hitch-hiker waiting patiently on the road verge after being hurled unceremoniously from a passing car window ….he’s a white tail rat native to the far north rainforest and told us his name is ‘Klaw’ …which just happens to spell ‘walk’ backwards ! He loved getting a ride on Jane’s hat and posed for a photo with Kerry.
Kerry, Daniel and myself spent a comfortable night at Feluga after a lovely meal with Judy and Pat then Daniel drove the support vehicle, stopping periodically so we could refill our water bottles and have lunch. It was the hottest day we have had so far. Continue reading
After a very busy but exciting few days in Mission Beach we walked out yesterday morning with nine supporters chanting and proudly carrying banners. Continue reading
Pigeons for the Reef Babinda
Reef Walk 2013 launched today from Cairns, Queensland which included a ribbon cutting to see off the Brisbane great grandmother and community walkers as they walk to Save the Reef.
The World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is under threat from the expansion of Australia’s coal export market and growing coal seam gas (CSG) industry. Continue reading
Celebrating the imminent start to Reef Walk 213 on the 1 June 2013, people gathered on Mothers Day in Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point Cliffs to launch the 77 day adventure walk from Cairns to Gladstone in Queensland. The crowd was front seat to a banner drop from the cliff top. Key speakers were Australian Senator Waters and Bob Irwin the naturalist. Continue reading