Day 27 – Charters Towers to Townsville

Within 2 hours of arrival at Townsville, Ann was enjoying a meal of Barramundi! Can you spot a pattern here?

This morning started off a little chilly – I started out in shorts and a long sleeve top but the top was soon discarded for a t-shirt as the day warmed up to the high 20s.

After a quick and easy pack-up we went for a final walk around the Dalrymple Tourist Van Park – it was very quiet the night after the big game!  We then set off along the Flinders Highway towards Townsville.

Early Morning View of Caravan Park at Charters Towers

Early Morning View of Caravan Park at Charters Towers

Our morning coffee stop was at the Reid River Rest Area. We stopped here last year as well and the area has been upgraded since then. This would be quite a good spot for an overnight stay.

Coffee Stop at Reid River Rest Area

Coffee Stop at Reid River Rest Area

It was then an easy drive the rest of the way into Townsville. You can’t help but be impressed by the mountains as you get closer to town.

Scenery Approaching Townsville

Scenery Approaching Townsville

The GPS got absolutely lost at some roadworks approaching town but we persevered and found ourselves again and finally arrived at Rowes Bay Caravan Park. We stayed at The Lakes last year and thought that we would try somewhere different this time. Rowes Bay however doesn’t accept bookings so we have accepted an unpowered site overnight and are on a waiting list for a powered site tomorrow. An interesting system but apparently it works and we have a great site overnight.

After unhitching and setting up we headed off into Townsville to find something for lunch.

Spectacular Houses on the hill in Townsville

Spectacular Houses on the hill in Townsville

We ended up, not surprisingly, at The Strand and stopped for lunch at the Fish Inn where we both enjoyed delicious grilled barramundi and Greek salad.

Lunch at the Fish Inn

Lunch at the Fish Inn

Views from Fish Inn to the Rock Pool and Magnetic Island

Views from Fish Inn to the Rock Pool and Magnetic Island

From the Fish Inn we walked to Juliette’s Gelateria for gelati and coffee on the beach. A short drive to reacquaint ourselves with the general area was followed by a quick trip to the supermarket for supplies, then back to the van to meet the neighbours and read in the sun.

Our temporary site at Townsville

Our temporary site at Townsville

Oh what a life!

PLEASE NOTE:

We plan to be in Townsville for up to 6 weeks and intend doing a lot of relaxing, reading, eating gelati and generally enjoying ourselves. We will not be updating this blog on a daily basis. However, there are some interesting things happening while we are in Townsville including visits from both our kids and our grand-kids, the Townsville Show, the V8 Supercars, markets, trips to Magnetic Island, and a whole lot more. We will update this blog when appropriate! So you can either check back from time to time, or why not sign up for email notifications which will send you an email whenever we do update the blog – see the bottom right hand corner to sign up.

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