Blogs from Townsville, Queensland, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville April 7th 2021

After my time in Mt Isa, I met Will at the Townsville airport. We picked up our hire car and started the trip North to take us as far as Cooktown. On the way, we passed farms of sugar canes lining the roads and a long thick snake, dead and sprawled across the road. We stopped in Tully, famous for its banana farms and labour from backpackers eagerly working off their farm hours on their working holiday visas. We had ventured as far north as crocodile territory, with even the local pie shops selling juicy crocodile meat pies to its customers. After three hours, we arrived at Mission Beach, where we would be staying for a couple of nights. This 14km inviting stretch of pristine white sand is also shared by crocodiles, known as (salty’s) by ... read more
Sri Lankan Street Food - Magnetic Island
Cooktown Lookout
Josephine Falls

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville June 29th 2019

From Tuesday to Friday I participated as an Official in the Oceania Athletics Championships which were held at "The Red Track" in beautiful Townsville. This is a picturesque track with Castle Hill towering in the background. These are the first Oceania Champs to be held which, under new IAAF rules, give points towards qualifying for the World Champs and so Australia and New Zealand sent full teams and thus this was the largest Champs ever held with over 700 athletes competing from every country in the Pacific. During the four days I officiated at more than a dozen events including Shot Putt, Discus, Triple Jump and Long Jump. My favourites, though, were the three High Jumps where I was a bar judge twice and a recorder the other time. Excellent competitions and very good heights were ... read more
Inside our apartment
Our veranda
Dinner with Debbie

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville June 23rd 2019

On Thursday, the 20th, we left Charters Towers and headed into Townsville. It was only about 2 hours away and we soon were driving into the main street and down to the Strand. We found our accommodation, Mariners North Apartments, but it was too early to check in. We drove along the Strand and parked and went walking. The Strand runs along the beachfront and has many cafes, playgrounds and places to sit and watch the world go by. It is also used for walking, many people were either exercising, jogging or briskly walking. It was a beautiful day, cloudless and mild and we enjoyed our stroll. Debbbie Strange messaged us and we messaged back telling her we had chosen to have lunch at the Seaview Hotel. She was one of the Strand walkers so she ... read more
Our lounge room/kitchen in the apartment
Our back verandah
Debbie, Fletcher and I at the yacht Club

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville May 30th 2019

We stayed with a friend in Townsville who showed us a picture of a queue people edging along a tiny ridge approaching the peak of Everest. It can take up to two months to acclimatise enough to attempt a climb the summit. Climbers arrive at base camp, trek to the first level then back down again, up two levels then back to base camp. The body needs time to adjust to the altitude and new environment it finds itself in. We’re not climbing Everest but we are still going through a period of adjustment. The boys fight with each other every morning. It’s become like some sort of ritual. Wake up, bicker, eat breakfast, get on with the day. They niggle each other over trivial matters like a couple of old grumpy kangaroos. At first Jason ... read more
Caravan life
All our possessions
Pizza night

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville September 21st 2018

After 8+ hours on the bike yesterday and knowing that I would have 50+ more miles today than yesterday I was hoping there wouldn't be as many construction delays today. Started out at 6:45 – The temperature was down today but a trade off with some heavy winds. I was thankful that I decided to ship my bike and that the Crane Worldwide gang were able to come through for me. Those winds on a smaller R1200 GS motorcycle would have forced me to slow down considerably. Between heat and wind -I’ll take the heat every time. Any of you who’ve driven in South Dakota on I-90 West or East bound know what kind of winds there were today at times. I now have an idea why they call this continent OZ. Over the last two ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville April 29th 2017

A combination of far too much to do and slow internet connections explains the long gap in posts... We are now in Townsville Queensland and are off to the Whitsundays Islands tomorrow. The drive from Adelaide along the Great Ocean Road needed more time than we allowed but was a very good experience. Then we had a few days in Melbourne where it was lovely to catch up with Steve and Barbara. We escaped Melbourne just before snow fell there and flew to tropical Queensland where, as you can imagine, we are really enjoying the warmth. Another update will follow soon!... read more
Ever decreasing 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road
Along the cliff top in the Otway National Park, Great Ocean Road
With Steve at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville March 3rd 2017

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville August 19th 2016

Hi to Magnetic Island and Croc spotting in the Hinchinbrook. Captain’s Log, travelled 246.5 nautical miles (456.5 km) overall, with 210.5 nm (390 km) in the Hinchinbrook Channel trip. This blog covers several separate adventures. The first was 6 nights in the Breakwater Marina in Townsville followed by a 10 nights trip out to Horseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island. The main part deals with a trip of 10 nights with Arianne and Anne to Hinchinbrook Channel and back, via the Palm Island Group. The final section deals with 19 days in Townsville waiting for the new Spray Dodger, then parts for the anchor wench and finally the combination of weather and crew for the run south to Gladstone. The main reasons to initially stay in Townsville for 6 days were the repair of the spray dodger, ... read more
Dinghys in Horseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island
Humpback Whales in the distance.

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville July 11th 2016

Mission Beach to Townsville Mission Beach is one of the few areas where the Wet Tropics meet the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is closer to the beach here than further north. Dunk Island is close and we could easterly see it from the beach. Mission Beach was where important signatories made it their mission to save the reef. A pleasant walk out on the beach in the light rain and we pushed on to Townsville at 0900hrs, odometer 95578, temperature 20 degrees Celsius. We needed to get to Townsville in good timeso to get the car computer problem repaired. We travelled the Cassowary Coast which in a banana growing hub and centre of of the ultra-tropical fruit industry, growing mangoes, lychees, rambutans, guanabana and now cocoa. On route we saw a cassowary hen and her ... read more
Tully - Big Gum Boot

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville January 12th 2016

Townsville transit centre was part of the bustling port and harbour area. It clearly had its act together for all the passenger traffic and had a taxi rank as part of its facilities. Hooray! It wasn't big and yellow but a taxi quickly delivered us to the Aquarius on the Beach hotel, easy to spot as it was the tallest building on that part of the seashore. The taxi driver reckoned some backhanders had been involved somewhere along the way as everything else was pretty low rise and the locals viewed it as a bit of a blot on the landscape. Nevertheless, we got a great view of the sea and beach, the harbour and port and across to Magnetic Island (Maggie!) from our seventh floor room and it suited us perfectly. The Watermark bar and ... read more
Shaded pier and stinger safe nets
Tugs and tankers
Beach art in Townsville

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