Capricorn Dancers, Day 61- Oyster Saloons

Day 61 Monday 26/7/21 Mulambin, sunny 21

While the boys walk to Rosslyn Bay I sit in the sun sketching Curley Curlew (they have names now) and a most obliging sitter he is as he rarely moves a muscle.


We wander down to Emu Park where we meet a couple on the pier who are full of questions about the area. When I suggest that they take a ferry out to Great Keppel Island they tell us that they’re only here for a night and must fly home. I’m left scratching my head as to why they even bothered. More interestingly there is a pair of large osprey sitting proudly on the rocks beyond the pier. And the old pier itself was built from oyster shells. Huh? Well in the old days Oyster Saloons were all the rage and folks would drive out from Rockhampton to indulge in Emu Park oysters at one of the 7 saloons that flourished here. The locals had to do something with the mountain of discarded shells so they built a pier.

If only I had a longer lens
Emu Park pier, too much to see in a day
Let’s build a pier … of sea shells

We are joined at happy hour by cousins of El Prado who happen to be staying at the park for a few days. Now I’ve lost track of the many relatives of El Prado that we have met in caravan parks but with more than 50 cousins from an Irish Catholic family is it any wonder.

Woody’s brother, Woody the Elder, has been on the phone with a recipe for mustard marinated corned beef which of course is cooked in the air fryer. We give it a go and it’s a winner. That’ll go straight to the caravan recipe book.

NSW Covid cases are still rising.

Accom: 42.00

Towing Kms: 0

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