Beatit on the road - Day 6

Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 20:00

Member - Beatit (QLD)

The day started a little earlier for me today up at 6-30 for an actioned packed day. Our planned visit to the Billabong sanctuary had to be canned to make way for our AIMS visit. We were expected to be there by 10 and decided to leave by about 9, just so you know about meant 9-15 but we made it in time! AIMS are located in the Bowling Green National Park well beyond where the road would normally finish. The Marine Science Institute tour was interesting but the volunteer presenter was such a quite speaker I did not hear a word he said so it may have been really interesting but that point was lost on me. What was really interesting was that they have bred rock lobsters and are now rearing and breeding those off spring meaning that they are completely domesticated. The resources there are huge and employing 200 people for a budget of $51M they are a large enterprise and seem to be doing some interesting work.

The other thing I thought was very interesting was that they have gather a huge amount of data by core drilling of coral and from that they have been able to determine weather conditions in relation to rainfall stretching back to 1631 and the amount of silting from the mainland which was non existent before 1870 when we started land clearing.
It was a bit of another surprise that they also have a cafeteria and served up a good lunch for a reasonable price so lunch at home was cancelled just like that – I like flexibility! A good lunch and good company mainly couples travelling like us and a couple of young girls from the UK travelling in a mini van. So it was after 1 before we left with shopping and fuel intended before our departure tomorrow we had to rush!

Back to camp to get the washing in and off to the shops by way of the Esplanade we got back just in time to pack the awning cook dinner and do a little packing before all light faded. It is now 8pm as I type this. A quick look at travel brochures for Charters Towers and Hughenden and this is it for the day.
A new way of life is emerging.
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