We meet up with friends Neville and Kathy who had been staying here for a month and being keen fishermen were eager to take us to their favourite fishing spot. Naturally, we couldn't refuse so out with the fishing line and had a few hours fishing each day. I managed to catch a Dart and jagged a flathead so I was happy. We had enough fish for dinner one night which Kathy cooked up for us.
Forrest Beach is also in a Cane growing area and has other fishing towns close by which we visited -Taylors Beach, Lucinda and also had a look around Halifax which is a small community in between these two beaches. Lucinda is situated near the southern end of Hinchinbrook Island and is home of the Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal. The terminal was constructed in 1979 and is the longest service jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. At 5.76 km long and supported by 600 concrete and steel pylons, the jetty actually follows the curvature of the earth. In 2011 during cyclone Yasi waves surged over the deck and destroyed the ship loader, it took 18 months to rebuild at a cost of $50 million.
|Forrest Beach - another magnificent sunrise - what chair will I sit in today?|
|Camping right on the beach|
|Lucinda Jetty, 5.76 km long|
|The ship loader at the end of the jetty|
|You could nearly hear this Holden rusting!! Amazing what people have in their front garden|
|Cane harvest time|
|Forrest Beach with a few keen fishermen|
After a great week at Forrest Beach it was hard to get moving - headed to Bramston Beach where we stayed 2 nights (had stayed there last year as well). Enjoyed staying there again and particularly enjoyed an ice cream treat for Fathers Day!! Next stop - Ellis Beach (Cairns northern beaches).