“Are you religious?” asked the Tangalooma guide as I lay paralysed on a razor thin plank of wood seesawing on the tip of the island’s mightiest sand dune. And with that, I was off with a whoosh and a whoop down a 60 metre sand dune.
I’ve been back on terra firma now for nearly a month. My land legs have returned, my butt no longer looks like it’s been shot with a blunderbuss and my diving gills have retracted back into my neck…for now.
Gold was discovered in Charters Towers in 1871 by an Aboriginal horseboy, Jupiter, who was travelling with prospectors looking for gold. He came across it by chance whilst rounding up their horses which had bolted in fright during a thunderstorm.