Julia Creek Trip Day 8: Torrens Creek to Alva Beach

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Today we left the Outback behind. After a week of riding under 180° skies and along roads that stretched to the horizon it seemed strange to see mountains rising in the distance.

The first of these were the White Mountains, which formed the western edge of the Great Dividing Range. At 440m high the mountains weren’t impressive but their white rocks made interesting scenery.

The grasslands gave way to trees as we drove further east. Just after Charters Towers we crossed the Burdekin River. It was flowing well but looked empty against the potential size of the river durst flood. It was difficult to imagine that the water rises metres above the road bridge during floods.

One of the highlights of the day was seeing Andrew from Ozonfoot.com. He is walking around Australia to raise money for cancer research. He started in Sydney over 470 days ago. We gave him donations and a cold can of soft drink. I urge you to read his website and blog. I am grateful to people like him who made it possible for researchers and doctors to develop the tests and surgery that saved my partner’s life last year when she had cancer.

We turned off t

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Flinders Hwy onto the Giru road, which took us through cane fields to the sugar cane milling town of Giru. Here we stopped for lunch beside a creek. It was hot and there was no shade but it was pretty. The crocodile warning signs caught my attention.

From Giru we cruised down the Bruce Hwy to Ayr. We didn’t stop in Ayr but turned east to Alva Beach. This is a beautiful beach side hideaway with blue water and coconut palms. Here we enjoyed the excellent Alva Beach Caravan Park and played cards well into the n

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