Miz Lizzie Adventures: Cardwell, and reasons to stop

Our trip today was very short. Very…

Only two hours after we’d packed up and left Townsville, we were pulling off the highway again.

It was Cardwell, and apart from its attractions (of which more later), there was just a chance that someone from our motorbike club might have turned up for morning coffee and something tasty. Sadly no one came, although we did see the right kind of bike passing through, but we were quite happy to sit there and enjoy our own something tasty.

Cardwell is famous for crab, and I had a fairly lavish sandwich full of big chunks of fresh, delicious mud crab and salad.

The Husband was unable to refuse yet another meat pie.

After this rather early lunch, we went for a shake-lunch-down walk along the waterfront, where I saw what must sure have been influenced by a quilter. This is the pattern known as Baptist Fan, which has been shamelessly stolen and adapted for paving.

After we’d parked Miz Lizzie and hooked her up to everything, it was still early afternoon, so we headed into the Cardwell hinterland to investigate something I’d read about. The Cardwell Spa pools are a series of seasonal water-holes where the water is an extraordinary and natural shade of milky turquoise-blue. See for yourself; if anything, my photos don’t do the true colour justice. I framed the photos carefully to edit out the happily splashing tourists… As an adopted Queenslander, 24°C and overcast is just a bit too cool for swimming, and the mozzies were out in force so I wasn’t tempted.

Tonight we’ll be concocting a lavish chicken curry for dinner followed by a moderately early night. The new mattresses are brilliantly comfy and I fancy a nice long sleep among the palm trees, three streets back from the lapping waves of the Hinchinbrook Channel. Tomorrow we complete the last long distance leg, Cardwell to Cairns, and then we can settle down for a week or so before we have to uproot again and start the journey home.

And finally, I leave you with some teeny tiny rainforest flora.




Nothing exotic, but sweet and pretty, glowing brightly in the dim coolness of the rainforest.


38 thoughts on “Miz Lizzie Adventures: Cardwell, and reasons to stop

  1. tialys says:

    Looks lovely – I’m with you on liking higher temperatures before I swim though and ‘tepid bath’ is my preferred temperature for the water.
    I’m sure mud crab is lovely but I can’t quite get past the name.
    Bonne continuation!

    • katechiconi says:

      Mud crab is really delicious; I’m a greedy pig where it’s concerned, so perhaps it’s just as well it’s not in season year round… It’s been a good food day; I made chicken curry for dinner and it was really rather good considering the limited pantry and tools at my disposal!

  2. Super like:) Have u been to the Hinchinbrook Lookout? It’s quite spectacular

  3. I’m enjoying this journey with you.
    Beautiful paving – we need more beauty like that in public spaces.
    That water looks like liquid opals in the 2nd photo of it.

  4. 24C!! Oh to be in the tropics near mid winter!! I’m vicariously enjoying your food, the colour and the warmth. Happy travels!

    • katechiconi says:

      And actually, I’m enjoying the cooler weather after our incredibly sweaty summer. The Far North tropics make a great destination at almost any time of year except at the peak of the Wet.

  5. I’m glad you are having such a lovely holiday. Cooking in the camper was always such a challenge but I loved it. You have to plan well. I’m not much for getting into water when it’s not a bit warm either.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not too tricky, considering I have a 4 burner gas stove and a small fridge, but I don’t have my full pantry or all the pots and pans, so I have to be a bit less creative than usual. I still manage to turn out quite edible offerings 🙂

  6. I have never seen water that color. One of the great pleasures of the blogging world is to come across such wonders. The food sounds delicious. Have fun!

  7. claire93 says:

    only an Australian wouldn’t have been tempted by that blue water!

    • katechiconi says:

      Don’t forget it’s winter for us! The American girls having a swim were a bit unsure too, lots of staying waist deep and not ducking under, but they did *say* it was nice!

  8. Actually I saw the PIE!!! and had to come over and stare at it a while. I love pies. Pies are what I miss the most (sometimes) about NZ!

  9. kathyreeves says:

    It was a lovely relaxing day of travel. Hope the mattress lived up to expectations! The blue water is beautiful, but I agree, a little cool for swimming, though your winter sounds like our summer!! At the moment we are cooler than you with today’s high at 19C!

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, our winter weather is a pleasant fresh summer’s day in the UK. It does get colder, but not for long. I only wear socks for a couple of weeks a year…

  10. magpiesue says:

    What a pretty spot. And delicious food to go with it – totally a win-win!

    • katechiconi says:

      Every time we travel, I try to find new things we haven’t done before, as well as our old favourites. The Spa Pools are new but it won’t be the last visit, for sure!

  11. Joanne S says:

    I am enjoying your trip vicariously through the images. The food (mostly that pie) looks divine. But, I concur, 24C is way too chilly for a dip. 🙂 Although, that blue water is rather pretty.

  12. Dayphoto says:

    What a fun trip we are all having!

  13. Lynda says:

    Lovely food and flora! The water in the pool(s) is amazing. Has anyone ever explained why it is that color?

    • katechiconi says:

      Here’s what the local tourist info website has to say on the subject:
      “The science behind the colour can get a little complicated but our team of geological experts suggest that the blue colour is from the chemistry of the rocks and water. Much of the water that flows to the creek comes from underground, where it picks up minerals from the sedimentary rocks, resulting in high levels of dissolved magnesium and calcium in the waters. Depending on the time of day and available sunlight, the colour can vary from a bright, baby blue to a more milky-blue colour.”

  14. I sure am enjoying my Australian adventure 🙂 so happy you are taking me along with you 🙂

  15. Steph says:

    Such a great trip!
    Unfortunately that first plant is an invasive weed, mimosa pudica (sensitive weed or shy plant because the leaves close when touched). It is pretty but it’s sad to see it here though I know it is all through the north now.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, I’m very familiar with it, as our back yard is full of it! I’m glad to say the rain forest wasn’t, though; this was the solitary example I spotted. It has a pretty flower, hence the inclusion in the floral line up.

  16. KerryCan says:

    I like the way you travel–mellow, unhurried, lots of food!

  17. I swear my life will not be complete until I’ve visited Cardwell for a crab salad sambo… maybe two 😍

    • katechiconi says:

      Two should be entirely manageable! We stayed overnight… a visit to the pie van in the park at the beginning of the esplanade is also worthwhile. You’ll get a well-practiced patter from the bloke who runs it, but the pies are hot and good, and the view is an excellent accompaniment!

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