Terriffic Townsville, magical Magnetic Is.

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
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Terriffic Townsville, Magical Magnetic

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

August 3
Here we are back in Townsville after our time at Kurramine Beach and Ingham, already mentioned in the previous entry. Townsville turned on perfect weather once again which induced us to walk The Strand again while the opportunity was there.  We walked from Kennedy Street to Jupiters, arriving just at lunch time - not planned but a good time to go and have a meal. Retracing our steps, we detoured to Flinders Street to check out a shopping strip but found it to be mainly pubs and clubs.  However, the walk took us uphill and was just the antidote for a Jupiters lunch.
The bay was an absolute picture; brilliant blue with a satin sheen that rippled and glittered as we watched.
Next day and we are off on the ferry to beautiful Magnetic Island, where Prue meets us at the ferry terminal and takes us to her home for morning tea.  Nan and Ralph from Foster are Prue's house guests and it's great to catch up with them as well. Prue drives us all up to see where her house is being built.  We marvel at the way the house will embrace the huge granite boulders and allow for two large gums to be retained almost within the confines of the building.  It's a house in the treetops with a view of sapphire water, nearby islands and Townsville city across the way.  Bird life and plant life have been given primary consideration here as well. 
Later we see former Foster local Peter riding his bike home, and he takes us in to his house for a quick visit with Nancy.
A lovely lunch at Prue's then back to Townsville on the 3 o'clock ferry, and then off to visit Bill and Barb at the Rowes Bay Caravan Park. Drinks and a delicious dinner which Barb just seems to whip up in ten minutes, but of course there must have been prior planning/ preparation.  Thanks Barb and Bill.You are the perfect  hosts.  What a great day and just another one of many adventures we are enjoying along the way.

August 5, 6
A morning drive from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes us through sugar cane fields, bushland and tomato crops.  The countryside is an absolute picture and the Sunday motorists law abiding and polite - not always the case on the Bruce Highway.
We had forgotten just how breathtaking the beaches and harbours of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour are and today they are at their very best. The sea is brilliantly blue, dead calm and the perfect backdrop for the white yachts that are anchored in the harbour.  At Abel Point the marina is busy with boats departing and arriving. Groups of people are coming off the dive boats and sailors are cleaning and checking their gear in readiness for the next day.
Not happy Jan: For the first time we are a little unhappy with our caravan park, chosen from the Q'land caravan park booklet and booked ahead. Our site is very sloped so there's a bit more work to setting up camp and we are directly opposite the permanent section. Also, 4 wheel drive is needed to get in and out of this site.  A whole street of ancient decaying onsite vans detracts from the ethos of the park, which is actually set in a very nice location, but is not well run. Facilities are run down and bordering on grubby. To top it off they squeeze a Britz van in between our site and the next one: three into two is not a good idea.
Tip for travellers: You may want to avoid the Top Tourist Flame Tree park on Shute Harbour Road. Way too many permanents, the main office is untidy and grubby and the laundry is neglected. Also, the water supply has a "lime" taste and is unpalatable. And nothing lathers in the laundry or showers!
Luckily we are only here for three days and spending most of the time away from the park.
August 8
We have moved south to Mackay today: Lovely sunny Mackay with its afternoon breeze, huge busy marina and a line of cargo boats lined up outside the harbour waiting to load sugar and coal for overseas export.
Sorry to complain again but the Big Four here isn't brilliant.  Strange, after all the good parks we've stayed at over the past five weeks we strike two in a row that aren't good.  The "cabins" here are atcom huts!!!!! A stream of tired looking workers returned to these huts late today.  One who Nev spoke to had spent 11 hours today working in a quarry and all he wanted was a hot shower.
Am I a pessimist in thinking "where there's two there's three"?  Kinka Beach on Friday, so we'll se what that's like.
Greetings to all travellers, all returned from overseas travels, all enjoying new grandchildren and all those at home.
It's such a busy time for all of us :)...
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Carole and Neville
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Alister on

Enjoying your blog Carole.

Liz Hall on


Nan and Ralph on

Great blogging, Carole. Hope better luck prevails for next bookings! We are still enjoying the beauties of MI. Snorkelling and beach today. Sublime.

carolewi on

Thanks Nan. We're in a great park now at Kinka Beach. Hope you had a lovely day snorkelling.

carolewi on

Hi Liz
It must be really bad weather at home! We won't be back until mid-September.

carolewi on

Hi Alister
Thanks Alister, I'm having fun writing it. We're now at Kinka Beach near Rockhampton. Weather still nice and warm. Lovely beach across the road from the caravan park.
We are both feeling great, walking a lot.

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