Blogs from Mackay, Queensland, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mackay December 12th 2022

The days seem to be going really fast now! With motel hopping you do tend to get quite a mixed bag, take our abode for the night last night in Townsville. While the location was excellent and we had a sea view from our room, the ‘kitchenette’ was basically a tiny fridge, microwave, a kettle and toaster, no sink so washing up would’ve had to be done in the bathroom sink. This would be a pain, but could still work, however the bathroom was so small, the extra narrow door had to be opened right back so you could walk down the narrow room to the shower end in order to close it again! This was £72 worth of room! Compare that to our motel room tonight at Comfort Resort Blue Pacific, just north of MacKay ... read more
2. View from Mt Inkerman
3. Road from Mt Inkerman
4. Airlie Beach Houses

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mackay October 4th 2022

Mackay is known as the sugar capital of Australia, with the region producing more than a third of the nation’s sugar output. Take a drive in any direction from the city, and you will come across an ageing sugar refinery belching smoke in the air, surrounded by endless fields of sugar cane. Mackay is also the gateway to the Bowen Basin coal mines, which has the largest output of any coal region in Australia. There are currently thirty four operational coal mines from the Bowen Basin feeding China and Japan’s appetite for coal. It is reasonable to categorise Mackay as an industrial city, with much of the foreshore geared for export and associated industries. Whilst not our first choice as a destination for its attractions, it was the location where our daughter and family flew into ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mackay June 10th 2022

Tuesday evening we walked one block into town and went to Sorbello"s Italian restaurant for dinner. The place looked promising as it was three quarters fullfull and seemed popular, A very with-it waitress was assigned our table and her service was excellent, recommending wine and allowing us a taste before accepting her recommendation. The menu was also extensive but I settled for a small Fettucine Crab meat and Fletcher chose the Gnocchi seafood. After a long wait the dishes came but Fletcher's was cold. The waitress apologised and got the manager who explained they had a new chef and would we like to have the dish made again. Fletcher just asked for it to be heated. Back it came to find the gnocchi was very chewy and large, not the delicate texture real gnocchi can be. ... read more
Lunch at The Dispensary
Gnocchi with shredded lamb and zucchini
Fletcher's reef fish

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mackay June 7th 2022

We left Broken Hill about 7-30 am on Sunday morning to drive to Bourke. It was another sunny morning and there were not many other cars on the road.We were listening to Peter Fitzsimons' Gallipoli on CD. We were headed to Wilcannia and had been warned to watch out for wild goats on the road. The country side was very green and puddles of water were on the side of the road but the road itself was fine. We did see many goats, but they ran away from us as we passed by. They were all colours and there were many kids with their nannies.At Wilcannia, we stopped and had an icecream and a drink and then pushed on. The next major town was Cobar. Here we parked and went looking for some lunch. It was ... read more
Darling River
High level of water

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mackay May 2nd 2018

Having had a solid nights’ sleep we were up early to get on the road as we had lost some time at Fraser Island. With 420km ahead we were packed up and ready to go just after 9.00am. Today we are heading to Cape Palmerston, which lies about 50km south of Mackay. As we leave Bargara we agree that this place was a pleasant surprise. We picked up some supplies from the ubiquitous Woolworths and we replaced our gas bottle at the local servo. Bundaberg first stop. No trip to Bundaberg would be complete without a pilgrimage to the Bundaberg rum distillery. Given that we were under a bit of time pressure we made do with a photo of the giant Bundy bottle outside the distillery. I could see Chris thinking that if only someone made ... read more
Not 'The Far Side'
Take my washing and I'll kill ya.

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mackay December 12th 2017

an uneventful drive south. Once again Alex uses the phones google to find our motel. Once we get there the washing machine is broken but the receptionist allows us to use the staff one. The WiFi will not connect and the hair dryer does not work. We pay the full $70 for the room and do not get any refund. I went over to Barra Jacks fishing shop and got a great shirt and we went out across the road to a nice little Mexican restaurant for dinner.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mackay March 7th 2017

Geo: -21.1434, 149.187... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mackay July 12th 2016

Townsville to The Leap Hotel, South Mackay. Took off at 0839hrs, odometer 95849, temperature 20 degrees celsius. Another drive down 'The Strand' and a visit to information in Townsville and on our way. Our first stop Ayr, a sleepy little town on the Burdekin River in tropical North Queensland. Here we visited the Ayr Nature Display. A unique and rare display of more than 60,000 native fauna butterflies, shells and rocks. An example on display is the map of Australia made. A lunch stop in the Ayr Plantation Park and a visit to information and we drove onto Bowen. Bowen is on the top end of the Whitsundays, it is well known for it's diverse industries, mining, fishing and agriculture. Most famous for the Kensington Pride Mango. We visited the Big Mango structure that is symbolic ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mackay January 6th 2016

We had been travelling for quite a while now without a lengthy period of time in any one place so we decided to treat ourselves to a week off somewhere. The price we had to pay for that week was a couple of one-night stays in places en route, just to get us there. I hadn't found one-night stays easy - there just wasn't time to relax or sightsee and travelling can be tiring, even if you are just sitting around on a bus. At least there was a purpose to it. Our first one-night stay was in Agnes Water. I know, sounds like an elderly lady, doesn't it, rather than a place?! While waiting for the bus in the Hervey Bay Stockland Transit Centre we chatted to an Australian who had moved there from Greece ... read more
Mango Tree Motel, Agnes Water
Bridge to beach, AW
Agnes Water beach on a rainy day

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mackay December 1st 2015

Monday 1 December We didn't leave the room again last night and had sandwiches and fruit from our provisions. Another good nights sleep, but woke early. The objective today was to put some miles on the clock and get a little nearer to Brisbane. We readied and packed stuff and took everything down to the car. Out of the underground car park and round to the front. Walked up to reception and checked out. Two nights AUS$ 181. 9 am 30℃ and on the road. We found our way out of Townsville easily and we were on the A1 Bruce highway for most of the day. We alternated driving today, changing roughly hourly. Our stop for lunch was going to be Bowen and we arrived at 11.45 am. This is also about halfway. We drove down ... read more

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