In northern Queensland these are a common sight at the beaches. Vinegar to apply in case of jellyfish stings. Fortunately for us, winter is not the high season for stingers. They can still be around but generally you can hit the beach without too much worry. This far north you also have to be on the lookout for crocodiles. They don’t care if it’s winter or not! See the map below? We are between Cairns and Townsville at the moment. The sign refers to ‘estuarine’ crocodiles, a.k.a. saltwater crocs. We’ve learned the croc experts prefer the term estuarine to help people realise those salties can be found in freshwater too. I’m not sure how we first heard of Etty Bay. But we wanted to have a look since we heard that you can sometimes spot cassowaries here. Cassowaries live in a very small part of the Queensland coast and we were really hoping to spot one in the wild. We didn’t have any luck, no cassowaries wandered down to the beach that afternoon. There’s a caravan park right on the beach in Etty Bay. What a great spot! We even saw another travelling family there that we’d recently seen further north. We did some exploring but the tide was coming in quick. Our paths down the beach were covered with water on our way back up. TurboBug is getting braver in the ocean. It used to be he’d run up to the water, then turn and run back up the beach as fast as he could when a wave came in. Now he’ll actually stay in the water. This was a nice shallow beach with gentle waves, perfect for him. The water was warm so we enjoyed ourselves for awhile. We saw what may have been puffer fish, quite a few swimming around. The kids were having so much fun together, getting along so beautifully. One of those rare occasions! A perfect beach-y afternoon! No cassowaries, but I’m not going to complain about a lovely afternoon at the beach!