Etty Bay on the QLD Coast

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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. Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? 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. Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? 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. Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? 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. Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? 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. Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes?Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? 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. Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? The water was warm so we enjoyed ourselves for awhile.  Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes?Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? We saw what may have been puffer fish, quite a few swimming around. Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? The kids were having so much fun together, getting along so beautifully.  One of those rare occasions! Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes?Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? A perfect beach-y afternoon! Etty Bay on the QLD Coast | How Many More Minutes? No cassowaries, but I’m not going to complain about a lovely afternoon at the beach!

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