Monday, 22 August 2016

Crystal Waters and Happy Mangoes

So while down in Townsville, although we pretty much just stuck to the place we were staying on The Strand (who wouldn't), we did head off for a bit of site seeing.

On the Friday Sis G had wrangled a day off work and took us out to Crystal Creek.

We only went to Big Crystal Creek, there is Small Crystal Creek as well. 
It is about now that I must confess that despite how often I have been to Townsville in the past, I'd never actually made it to these gems of places. I actually don't think I realised they existed. Obviously I didn't research that well. I was too busy going for other reasons, like to see a certain Mr Sparky.

We had worn the appropriate clothing and brought the towels as well.
It seems we weren't the only ones who had the same idea on that warm winter day.

I just couldn't get over how clear the water was ... you certainly wouldn't want to be skinny dipping.

Of cause when we arrived we had to do the photo taking. What you can't see is that on the edge of every photo is people or evidence of people. I wonder how many people hang here in Summer?

We were itching to get in but were feeling a little chicken, knowing what fresh water temps are usually like.  We were assured by an elderly gent who passed us on his way out that is wasn't cold, like he thought it would be ... beautiful in fact.

So after hanging in the sun far too long, and wanting to get in before, well before the end of the year, we all got ready to brave that lovely clear looking water.

Well, truthfully, I acted chicken a little longer, covering it with photo taking.

By the way, that gent lied. It was chilly to say the least. Where was he from anyway, Antarctica?

Bro S

I am sure we entertained other with our stalling tactics and teasing, actually I know we did from the smiles on the faces of the people on the rocks beside where we were attempting to get in gracefully and not fall flat on our faces ... or butts on the slippery rocks.

Sis G and Bro S

It was lovely though, once you were wet and sitting on a rock in the sun ... refreshing even.

By the time we got back to the car we could have even gone for another dip.

Now next stop, and pretty close by, was to say hi to a giant grinning mango.

Not really, we were there for the ice-cream but the giant mango outside the Frosty Mango did see us having a bit of photo and selfie fun.

G and Bro S

Mum and Bro S

For someone who didn't want to (not feeling 100%), Bro S certainly got in on the fun.

One had the bow tie and the other the mustache, how classy.

Do you get up to a lot of tom foolery with family?
We certainly do!
Would you brave the chilly waters on a not chilly at all winter day? 

 Grab button for one mother hen

I Must Confess


  1. First of all love the name Crystal Creek :) Wonderful shots as well. So much to do there, and the nature is lovely. Thank you for linking in with "Through My Lens"!

    Mersad Donko Photography

    1. Thank you, Mersad. It seems that calling lovely clear water places Crystal something is a thing. There is a Crystal Cascades near my place, although not as clear as Crystal Creek. It is a gorgeous spot and I hope to visit again and see Little Crystal Creek as well.

  2. It looks truly beautiful there. I love mangoes, too. I probably wouldn't be brave enough to go in the water, though. Glad you had fun xo

    1. Thank you, Ness! I love mangoes and the trees are starting to flower around here. Only 3 or 4 months to go until they should be ready and easy to get :) That water wasn't that bad really, well mostly. It really was refreshing though, in a good way, once you were wet.

  3. What a brilliant day with masses of happy fun memories with the addition of beautiful photos to boot! I'm not sure I'd have been brave enough to test the water myself, as I'm a hot house kinda gal. Had a giggle at your skinny dipping comment.
    Thanks for sharing you trip and I wish you a wonderful week ahead.

    1. Thank you, Neesie. It is always nice to make memories with the family. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't give the skinny dipping a go but anything, pretty much, involving water and I'm in! I hope you also have a lovely week.

  4. What a beautiful spot to spend the day!

  5. What lovely landscapes and moments you've caught in your shots, sweet Country Mouse, thank you for sharing them with us !

    Wishing you all my best for your new week

    Xx Dany

  6. Love the look of Crystal Creek! I've never been to Townsville so will have to remember this if I ever do visit :-)

  7. Big Crystal Creek is one of my favourite spots near Townsville. We lived in Townsville for a couple of years recently and, sadly, only discovered Big Crystal Creek just before we left. With only weekends to go adventuring, it was usually busy, but there was plenty of room for everyone. A little hidden gem.

  8. Wow, I love the outdoors, and these photos are so stunning! I've never visited Townsville but it looks very nice!!

  9. I hope that giant mango doesn't give me nightmares - what a bizarre "giant thing!"

  10. Mango ice cream sounds divine! Beautiful spot for a swim, makes me yearn for Summer and sunny days. Thanks for sharing your fabulous family day x

  11. such a beautiful place to stay and enjoy !

  12. That are beautiful photos. I like them. Never seen such clear water!

  13. Crystal Creek is a beautiful place. Your photos do make me want to jump in the water!

  14. Great sights, I love the mango!


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