Airlie Beach to Townsville

Trip Start Jan 22, 2013
Trip End Mar 18, 2013

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

We left Airlie Beach around 10:30 and made our way to Townsville arriving around 4. Along the way we passed thru field after field of sugar cane. The area from south of Bundaberg up to Townsville, and probably beyond, is known for its production of sugar cane. 

Townsville is a bit of a surprise.  The have a beachfront esplanade they call The Strand.  It's about 1 miles long and is basically a park along the waterfront.  It has a PAR exercise course, an amphitheater,  swimming beaches, a couple of restaurants, and covered picnic areas with gas barbecues.  These barbecues are the same that we found in NZ in the campervan.  The BBQ is a flat stainless steel cooking surface, not like our BBQ grilles at home.  The city provides propane tanks under the BBQ and they are built into a cabinet.  They have food/drink kiosks and a few restaurants.  We walked for a ways and then stopped at the Longboard grill for a drink and watched a paddle boarder make his way along the beach.  Now that we’re as far north as we are, this time of the year there are Stinger jellyfish in the sea.  So at this beach they’ve set up screening nets for swimming areas.  They also have signage posted telling you what to do in the case of a sting.  Apparently they can kill you.

Anyway, they also have a play area for people with disabilities.  And it was built with funds from the local Rotary Club.  This struck home with us because my Rotary Club and the City of Bellevue are in the process of building a play area for people with disabilities in the Downtown Park.  This is actually the 2nd play area we’ve seen on our trip. To my friend Rob Rose, what your vision is for the Bellevue Downtown Park will provide significantly more for the disadvantaged people than what either of the play areas we’ve seen.

We also drove up to the top of Castle Hill in central Townsville.  While driving up we saw a lot of people running and walking to the top.  Seemed odd for 5pm on a Weds.  When we reached the top we found out why.  There is a 12 Day Challenge for the public to get to the top and raise funds for some special cause.

Townsville has an aquarium and another maritime museum but unfortunately we weren’t able to go to either.  Nor were we able to go out to Magnetic Island to experience its special beaches and walks.  Just can’t do it all, and we have a 6 hour drive north to Port Douglas tomorrow.
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John Huber on

Snow coming down sideways here in Great Falls.....Glad to see you are wearing shorts and seeing sights!

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