– For today’s little outing we’re gonna go see the
Bustard Head Lighthouse. In it’s past, you know, it had been vandalized by a few people. But some private people
actually took it upon themselves to just sort of fix it up, patch it up. And now they run tours there and show a little bit of history. So you know we’re gonna be into that. Think they charge something
like $10 a person, and that goes to the upkeep. So we’re more than happy
to contribute to that. But at the moment we’re just
enjoying the walk up there. Even though it’s quite a warm day, luckily we’ve got a bit of breeze. It’s not too bad. (gentle instrumental music) – [Pascale] The Bustard Head lighthouse was first lit in 1868, and was Queensland’s first coastal light. (gentle instrumental music) The site was chosen to warn seafarers of the dangerous rocks
just off the headland, which can be seen here to
the left of the lighthouse. (gentle instrumental music) – We came off the, whoa! Look at that big spiderweb. (laughs) I’m not doing my job, my job is to run into all the spiderwebs and keep them out of Pascale’s face. (pascale laughs) But we came off the
power line service track, that we’re just looking at then, into the trees. And as Pascale said it, the temperature dropped
like five degrees instantly. (water rushing) So when we come back
we’ve got a few choices. – We might walk along the
beach on the way back, it’s gonna be low tide. – [Troy] Hot and mosquito’s. But some friends we just met said yip, go via the beach. So that’s what we’ll do. (water rushing) (gentle instrumental music) Mozzies? – I think they’re pretty much gone now. They’re not sort of, – [Troy] I can see a
few hovering around you. – [Pascale] Yeah, they’re not as bad. (gentle instrumental music) The lighthouse was de-manned and converted to automatic
operation in January 1986. A caretaker was instated
to look after the lights, but was then removed in the
same year to cut back on costs. And so started the tragic
decline of the site, from vandalism and neglect. Thanks to the perseverance
and extreme generosity of a handful of individuals, the lighthouse and it’s surrounds was liased to the Bustard
Head Lighthouse Association, and this historic site was
restored to it’s former glory. (gentle instrumental music) We were given a tour of the lighthouse, the museum and it’s surrounds, by the current volunteer caretakers. (gentle piano music) The lighthouse was constructed
from cast iron panels, fabricated in England. This is a photograph of the lighthouse, before it was dismantled
and shipped to Australia. (gentle piano music) On display in the lighthouse museum, are pieces of the
original eight-sided lens. (gentle piano music) This telescope belonged to the first lighthouse superintendent, Thomas Rooksby, who held his post here for 35 years. The first lights were fueled by an oil lamp, pictured left. This lamp was replaced with a
middle kerosone lamp in 1917. The lighthouse lights
became electric in 1935. (gentle piano music) – [Man] This is the one
that was put in 1935. It was electric. This is just taken out, and then it was restored and put back in. The real light, as you see it now, if you stand back here. We’re over here. If you just put your
head right back in there, put it right back in, – [Troy] Oh yeah, it’s still spinning. – [Man] So yeah, it spins 24 hours a day. – [Troy] But it’s not illuminated there. – [Man] No, it’ll probably only be illuminated tonight. ♪ The noise the noise ♪ ♪ The voices call across the river ♪ ♪ The bones the bones ♪ ♪ The river moans ♪ ♪ I love you more than ever ♪ – [Pascale] In the distance
is the town of 1770. The first place in Queensland
where Captain Cook landed. ♪ This time ♪ ♪ The voice the voice ♪ ♪ The noise is called across the river ♪ ♪ The sun the stone where nothing grows ♪ ♪ And April is the cruelest month ♪ ♪ We will run for miles ♪ ♪ The call of the crowd dies ♪ ♪ We’ll be ♪ Several tragedies, including suicide, illness, burns and accidental drownings led to many deaths at
this remote light station. – [Man] Right, this is Alfred Power. And that was original like that, because his name was power
and he was a line repairer. – [Pascale] Alfred Power visited the Bustard Head lighthouse to repair the telegraph line in 1889. In a terrible tragedy
involving a capsized vessel, he was drowned. Along with the acting
superintendent’s daughter, 20 year old Mary Gibson. And the assistant lightkeeper’s wife, 39 year old Elizabeth Wilkinson. The Bustard Head Lighthouse Association has done a fantastic job restoring and looking after the graves. – [Troy] So there we go, that sort of wraps up our tour. It’s the only lighthouse in Australia or Queensland? – In Queensland, that you can go up there. – It’s a still-functioning lighthouse, and it’s the only one that you
can still go and have a tour. – Yeah. – So, but we went and had a look at the cemetery there. To be totally honest, if we’d stayed there much
longer we’d be joining them. The mozzies are pretty fierce. – Yeah, really fierce. – I can feel my, (laughs) – Biting through clothing and, – I can feel my blood pressure dropping. – Yeah. (laughs) – [Troy] Yeah, that was pretty cool. (gentle guitar music) (pascale laughs) (gentle guitar music) (troy laughs) (gentle guitar music) – Well we’ve been in Pancake Creek for a few days now, and we haven’t even made pancakes yet! As you probably know, we’re really into buckwheat pancakes. And when our friend Annabelle
came to stay with us, she told us about a variation
on buckwheat pancakes, which is super simple and really healthy. It’s sprouted buckwheat pancakes, so what I did last night is
grabbed a cup of buckwheat, and then soaked it in two cups of water. And all we’re gonna do
is food process this up to get our batter. I might drain off a
little bit of the water, and then we can add a little bit more if it’s not quite the right consistency. And that’s our batter. It’s as simple as that. We’ll add a little pinch of salt, and then you’ll see how
fantastic these turn out, with just buckwheat. It’s really, really great addition to your yoddy stores, if you can find ’em. Okay so we’ve got our batter here. And that’s a good dripping consistency. We’re gonna cook them now. I’ve just got a little fry pan on the go, on medium heat with about
a teaspoon of butter in it. (bright instrumental music) (pancake sizzles) Oh! (laughs) Not quite ready. (pascale laughs) Oh. Ay! Okay, so that’s a pretty good yield for one cup of buckwheat, I reckon. – [Troy] Yeah, do I get it all? – No, you have to share with me. (laughs) So we normally, I don’t know, we mix it up with what we top with. Sunflower seeds, coconut shavings. But today we’re having
honey and peanut butter with a little bit of
coconut oil mixed through, so you can drizzle it over
the top of your pancakes. And like I said, it’s just sprouted buckwheat
in the food processor, with water and a pinch of salt. And I’ve just been frying
them on the fry pan for the last 40 minutes, with a bit of butter. (gentle guitar music) – My mouth’s watering like crazy. What have we got here, Bill O’ Wheeler honey? – [Pascale] Mhm. – I think we opened
this this week. (laughs) If I wanted to, I could definitely roll it. Like that, just like a normal pancake. Maybe slightly crumbly. It’s just trying to break on the edges, but that’s a pretty tight roll. Mm, the crunch is good. (gentle instrumental music) – [Pascale] Along with the stingray, we’d noticed many shovelnosed
rays hunting the shallows. And, having never eaten shovelnose before, we were keen to try one. (gentle instrumental music) These holes behind the eyes
are for drawing water in, so the animal can breathe. And that’s what makes this a ray. Here you can see the gills
are on the underside, and I’ve cut through
them to bleed the animal. As you can see, it’s got a tail and fins like a shark, and some people call
them shovelnosed sharks. But because of that gill arrangement, they’re actually a ray. (gentle instrumental music) Shovelnose. – [Pascale] What do you think? – It’s a really subtle flavor. It’s delicious. A really nice texture. The only thing that I don’t
like is there’s so much head. (laughs) That um, – [Pascale] We don’t get a lot of meat. It’s only one meal for that big ray. – Right. So not really enough
recovering with filleting it. So I don’t think I’ll hit ’em again. Even though they’re delicious. – [Pascale] Mm. – I mean, if we’re really hard up for food maybe I’d consider it. But I don’t think we’d get
enough meat off the actual animal to make it worthwhile for
us to really target them. What do you think, Pascie? – [Pascale] I think so too. Stingray is better. – Mm. – [Pascale] But they’re still good. – It’s really good meat, though. – [Pascale] It tastes
a bit like shark to me, I reckon. – It’s, there’s no hint
of rubberyness at all. So shark, little shark’s in season for sure, but there’s, you wouldn’t have any danger of heavy metals
or anything in these. You know? Because they’re laying around on the sand. Mm, they’re really good. – Hi folks, I really hope you enjoyed
this week’s episode of Free Range Sailing, and if you did, don’t forget to give it a Like. The information in this video was based on a book by Stuart Buchanan, called The Lighthouse of Tragedy. He was actually one of the founders of the Bustard Head
Lighthouse Association. And it’s a great read, with tales of abduction and murder, and lots of shipwrecks. So if you’re into that sort of thing, definitely check it out. I’ve seen that it’s available on Amazon. But if you’re in the area, 1770, or if you visit the lighthouse yourselves, you can pick up a copy there. As always, don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to stay notified
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