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Jun 22, 2016 - Townsville to Bowen

Wednesday 22 June We're finally back on the road! Still had a minor hiccup with the cooling system in the car but a quick visit to the RACQ guys around the corner set things right! Have been watching it closely and only a minor loss from the reservoir by this evening. Hopefully it's all good now! Had a brief break in Ayr, and a brief look at Home Hill as we passed by. We made it safely to Bowen in time for lunch, and after set up headed off for a look around. Horseshoe Bay is a very picturesque location. Lots of grey nomads and others...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

Sep 10, 2015 - Day 75 - 78 / Bowen

The weather since we arrived in Bowen has not been very pleasant. We got set up but not long after we had to pull in the awning because of the wind. It was coming straight in under it and lifting it. We have asked if we can move across to the other side of the road tomorrow so we will be facing the other way with our back to the wind and a large rock at the end of the van to offer some protection also. The wind has also meant that Horseshoe Bay which faces South East is very rough and choppy and no good for the snorkelling Richard was...

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Aug 10, 2014 - Brisk Bay - south of Bowen

After finding out that we could not camp at Dingo Beach we could not believe our luck when we arrived at Brisk Bay south of Bowen. We took the chance to go off the highway and see if there were any suitable camp spots without the "NO CAMPING" sign. We found the most perfect spot and had it to ourselves. We relaxed while the boys played Lego at the picnic table. Several locals passed by on their quad bikes - we waved but no response....hmmmm. We set up camp deciding not to put the annex or set up the boys bunk beds that night (these two...

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Pep family road trip

Jul 22, 2014 - Days 20 - 23 UPDATE NOTES

Hi All North of Rocky we stopped at Mackay for 3 cool nights and this weather is just not getting warmer for us. We did a bit of a tour of Mackay and Cape Hillsborough, had the car’s 1st service and did a tour of a sugar mill which was great as it’s not too often any more that you can get access to an industrial factory. Extremely interesting it was too. From Mackay it was off to Bowen, still northbound and hoping for better weather. We had 4 nights in Bowen and finally the weather warmed, we dropped 1 blanket from the bed and turned off...

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2014 cold beater

Jul 1, 2012 - Airlie Beach to Bowen

Travelled from Seaforth to Airlie Beach, under 2hrs so anther easy days travel. Poor Max wants to go 'back to mummy's house' again. In sugar cane country now and some farms were harvesting so we were able to see some machinery which kept him happy in the car for a little while! Weather was rather crappy as we drove in to Airlie, dark grey skies, couldn't help thinking it would be much prettier if we had bright blue skies. We lashed out and chose to stay at the Big 4 adventure whitsundays resort, complete with pool and waterslides, 18 hole...

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Aug 22, 2011 - Hydeaway Bay

Monday, 22 August - Hydeaway Bay Today we start our southern decent down the east coast of OZ home.... We leave the beautiful Mission Beach and travel thru Tully along the highway down to coast to Hydeaway Bay... We've stayed here a few times before...a lovely little place off the beaten track... the lorekets are so much fun to photograph...and I had a bit of help from a nearby camper.

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Jun 19, 2011 - Aus - Day 47 - Alligator Creek

We made our way past Bowen into the Bowling Green Bay National Park. Diverse habitats are protected here in the region’s largest coastal park. There are rugged granite mountains rising abruptly in the distance. We are going to camp overnight at the Alligator Creek campground. There are agile wallabies, allied rock-wallabies and rufous bettongs that feed here during the cool of the day. There are large gum trees among the park and deep pools in the creek that you can swim in. Just as we were entering the park Jason spotted a tree with 3...

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Jan 14, 2011 - Bowen

Bowen – 4 January to 8 January (4 nights) The 203km drive from Townsville to Bowen was very picturesque with mountain ranges most of the way and endless fields of sugar cane. After passing through a nice little town called Ayr, you come to the Burdekin River, which is notorious for flooding during the wet season and this year, with all the rain, it was really impressive. The bridge itself is something to behold and unfortunately we came upon it by surprise, so didn’t get a chance to stop and take pics. Once you’re on the very narrow bridge...

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Living the Dream

Oct 3, 2010 - Bowen

Further down the coast, our next stop was Bowen. There are several picturesque beaches in Bowen many of which can be reached by pleasant walks along the foreshore. We spent a pleasant morning at Horseshoe Bay, an attractive little beach north of the town. There was some coral in the water just off the shoreline and it was quite interesting to snorkel around the rocks. We were assured by some local people that it was quite safe to swim here – the stinger season not beginning till the end of the month! Bowen is also the second largest...

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Aug 21, 2010 - Bowen......more swimming!

August 17th Another 100km south to Townsville to pick up a spare part and to vote. In and out within the hour and a further 200km to Bowen. Another spot we'd been recommended to go for its' pretty beaches. Stayed at Horseshoe Bay, for 3 nights. Beautiful bay with clear blue water, massive boulders either end and a coral reef for snorkelling 20mts off shore. Caravan park in great location but not green and squashed! August 18th I found a great track early morning over and around the boulders which dominate the coastline, took me around the...

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