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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Atherton Tablelands September 18th 2012

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Look out for lots of photos in this blog entry! The Atherton Tablelands are very picturesque. Presumably so named because of the area’s elevation above sea level, the... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Innisfail September 15th 2012

We had already spent an afternoon in Innisfail last time we were in the area, but that had been on a Sunday and everything had been closed! This time we were lucky to pass through on a Saturday. Innisfail was bustling and we visited the local market and strolled around town checking out the art deco architecture and the shops. The town isn’t much to look at but there’s actually more to it than meets the eye. Innisfail’s cosmopolitan past credits Chinese settlers with establishing the area’s banana plantations and Italian immigrants (including a local branch of the mafia!) arrived in the early 20thcentury. I was surprised to find a some new-age stalls and shops, and had nice chats with some of the locals. For the first time in a veeeery long time I went into ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach September 13th 2012

Our next stop was Mission Beach, a very chilled out area that’s made up of five small beachside settlements. Upon our arrival, we went for a little drive to discover the area and promptly decided to stay put at Mission Bay Skydivers. This place is ace! The dropzone has teamed up with the backpacker’s hostel and together they call themselves a “skydiving resort”. And that’s essentially what they are! You don’t have to be up for throwing yourself out of a plane to stay there though – the caravan park is very affordable and we learnt that lot of people who plan to stay for just a couple of nights end up staying for six months! There are even homegrown salad vegetables and herbs that you can help yourself to, so I didn’t waste any time ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Lucinda September 12th 2012

After driving back through Ingham and visiting the local charity shop (love op-shop shopping – but I miss doing it with you Nici!), we headed on to Lucinda (as recommended by the ladies in the op shop). This little seaside town, set in amongst all the sugarcane fields, is best known for the world’s longest bulk sugar-loading jetty. The jetty is actually 6km long, allowing enormous carrier ships to dock and be loaded up! There isn’t much else to see in Lucinda (aside from a cool little open-air gym next to the beach) so we didn’t stay long before heading on to Cardwell. We had stopped in Cardwell for fish & chips with Tracey and Jason a few weeks earlier as it lies at the half-way mark between Townsville and Mundoo Skydivers. It’s a quiet uncomplicated ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Paluma National Park September 10th 2012

Before leaving Townsville, we had a couple of things to take care of. After putting the rest of our things in the van and having brekkie with Jason, we visited our agency to say goodbye and drove over to Kirwan to walk Toro for a last time. After a bit of a growling display, he took to Dean like a duck to water and all three of us enjoyed our stroll through the fields. I think Toro sensed that I wouldn’t be back – he sulked more than usual when we left – and I’m really going to miss that little fellow. We travelled northbound, stopping at the famous Frosty Mango for a snack. They make icecream from every imaginable tropical fruit and Dean had some jackfruit icecream while I chose a slice of almond & ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville September 9th 2012

Wow, amazingly our time in Townsville has already come to an end! After seven weeks, it feels very strange to be hitting the road again tomorrow. I’m surprised to be feeling both excited (more adventures, yay!) and apprehensive (living in a van does come with its drawbacks). What I’m very aware of is how quickly we adapt to new circumstances, so we’ll probably have settled comfortably back into our hippy lifestyle within a week. I will seriously miss having a bathroom across the hallway though! Back to weeing in the wild and having a shower every other day… and getting used to having bloodthirsty mosquitoes around. Dean says he is going to miss standing upright when he gets out of bed and not bumping his head on the van ceiling of the van. Aside from all ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Magnetic Island September 1st 2012

With all this working, it was time for a mini holiday so we booked a weekend away on Magnetic Island. Maggie, as the locals call it, is just an 8km ferry ride from Townsville and practically one of the city’s suburbs. It caters to all tastes and budgets and is geared entirely towards tourism. Each of the four tiny villages has its own character and beach/es. We stayed in Horseshoe Bay at the north of the island and we were delighted with our accommodation. Our A-frame bungalow room at the Koala Resort YHA was tiny but perfect. We loved being surrounded by lush greenery and relaxing in the hammocks next to the pool. On our first day, we had fun riding the YHA’s electric scooters down to Horseshoe Bay beach (MUCH scarier than riding a motorbike!) ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville July 24th 2012

Well, on an average day I've been cycling for an hour and a half, walking a chiwawa for an hour and cleaning for six hours! But let me start at the beginning :-) Townsville was always going to be a major stop on our trip as we couldn’t wait to see our friends Tracey and Jason. None of us had anticipated that it would take us six months to get there though! With a population of 160,000, Townsville is the third largest city in Queensland. It has a compact centre which, for a city, is surprisingly quiet. Townsville is spread out over a very large area, all of which is flat. That said, it is surrounded by mountains on all sides, making for great views from almost everywhere. As soon as we arrived, we made a ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville July 23rd 2012

After a slow morning, we carried on towards Townsville. We almost made it there but couldn’t resist stopping at the lovely Alligator Creek for a night’s camping. It’s part of the Bowling Green Bay National Park and had been recommended to us by some other travellers in Mackay. It’s a really peaceful, basic campground in a small and surprisingly quiet area not far from the Bruce Highway. Alligator Creek itself flows between two rocky mountain groups – Mount Elliot and Saddle Mountain. There are shy wallabies, not so shy bush turkeys and a couple of walks around the area. We took it easy with the 4km walk to Cockatoo Creek. The other option would have been the 16km walk to Alligator Falls but we didn’t feel up for that at the time. The creek was crystal ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Home Hill July 22nd 2012

Home Hill is a tiny country village en route from Bowen to Ayr. We hadn’t really planned to stop there and it was the ‘Home Hill Comfort Stop’ that made that decision for us. It’s a spot with BBQ facilities and lukewarm showers where travelers can stay for free for up to 48 hours. The village itself is a bit of a dive so we figured that this is an effective way to boost the economy and get people to spend some money there. Instead of having names, Home Hill’s streets are all numbered, ie “Fourth St” and “Fifth Ave” etc. Very New York for a little country settlement! Our camping was a very interesting old chap: permanently on the road, Gary liked to drink and loved to talk. Many conversations and jokes later (Gary even ... read more
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