We started our trip in Townsville, 1300km north of Brisbane the capital of the Sunshine State at 7 a.m.
To see a gazillion photos of Townsville have a look at Tuesday in Townsville on the blog.
First coffee break was at 208km just south of Bowen opposite the Big Mango Information Centre.
The tide was out in the bay and it was a gorgeous day. This is a great place to stop because you can walk a few metres and be on the beach, there are clean toilets with lots of loo paper (early in the day anyway) and a paved semi-circular drive through road for cars and vans. (No overnight parking). Bowen’s claim to fame is as the gateway to the beaches of Edgecumbe Bay and as a filming site for the movie “Australia”.
And another from up the hill a bit.
Lunch Break was in Mackay 190 km further along the Bruce Highway. Surrounded by sugar cane farms, Mackay is as green and lush as Townsville and Bowen are brown. We crossed the Pioneer River which unlike some Aussie Rivers, always has water in it. Turning right at the showgrounds we cruised down Nebo Road which is lined with motels and take away food places. Beside Subway (Footlong Subs $7) I photographed this classic old fibro house, complete with African Tulip tree also popular in that era. Fibro houses were the Aussie response to the post WWI building frenzy.
Whenever we drive south from Townsville and approach Rockhampton I find myself reaching for my camera. To me the country there looks typically Australian.
Brown grasses, an occasional homestead or windmill, vast paddocks, random cattle – they are there somewhere – thousands of them. Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia, lies to the north of the Tropic of Capricorn in Queensland.
While driving I noticed this lovely sky and Marty snapped a photo from the car, which led to me stopping to take some more.
Hope you enjoy a little piece of Australia. To get you in the mood I have included a verse of I Love A Sunburnt Country by Dorothy Mackellar 1906
I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of drought and flooding rains,
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me.
Typical Australian Scenery.
I phoned Alan at the Miriam Vale Motel from the road and booked a Queen Sized Budget Room for $105. Try your luck for a discount in quiet times. He was very pleasant and on arrival Tracey the other half of the management team was on hand to welcome us, when we pulled in at 7p.m. She directed us through the back of the property for dinner. “Pub on the right and Cafe on the left”. We chose Cafe. Marty’s biggest ever steak burger $9.50 put a smile on his face, and my home made pea and ham soup $5 was just what I was after.
The hotel room No. 8 was old but soo clean – I happily walked around barefoot. The carpets appeared to be new and the blanket was soft and fluffy. The microwave and crockery and cutlery meant a meal could be heated and eaten. The bathroom was divided into three by partitions for toilet, handbasin/mirror/towels and Shower recess. The Recess was showing it’s age but the hot water and shower pressure were bliss after a long day. Add a comfy bed and no noise and we were happy travellers.
The 891km travelled took us 12 hours, whereas Google Maps suggested 10 hours 27 minutes. We stopped only to buy fuel and food and at roadworks. Diesel fuel cost $1.62/litre at Mackay.
I have linked to Weekend Travel Inspiration by Corinne.