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Jul 14, 2016 - Rockhampton to Mackay

There’s some very unusual & very nasty weather forecast so I’m not sure what the next few days will bring. I woke up early & was on the road by 8:00am, heading north again to a small place about 50 km south of Mackay, called Armstrong’s Beach. I wasn’t too sure about it because when I called to book, I was told the only site they had available was under some trees. There’s strong winds & lots of rain forecast so it didn’t sound too good but Armstrong’s Beach was only 8 km off the highway so I drove in there to have a look. The bloke agreed...

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Jul 14, 2016 - Back in the land of the living at Latitude 21

We entered the tropics just before Great Keppel Island and true to form we were graced with beautiful white sandy beaches for over a week. We are truly lucky in this country with the number and quality of our beaches. Great Keppel Island has many fine beaches and the island has a number of walks which adds more interest. It is easy to spend several days here, which of course we did along with a number of other boats. It was a pleasant stay and we will visit on our way back. Next stop was Pearl Bay, back on the mainland and part of a...

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Oct 28, 2015 - Thursday Oct 29th

Thursday Oct 29th. Aahhh…peace…..finally caught up on some sleep. Definite lack of transients here which makes me think there’s probably a better caravan park around here somewhere….and probably crowded…this one is very small and quiet. Suits us perfectly. Pulling out of Yepoon, quite big with all the usual suspects, BCF, Supercheap auto parts, Dominos. Noticed a yard in the industrial area with a number of old “Yank tanks”, couldn’t get close but possibly Buicks and Chevs. I’ve got to say while driving , probably as far back as north east...

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Aug 8, 2014 - Mackay

After an easy day of driving (355 klms) we arrived at Mackay. Mackay has to be them most prosperous city we have seen so far. A lot of recently completed Apartment blocks, housing estates and shopping centres. Mackay is renown for being the most productive sugar region in Australia with their sugar content in cane up to 50% higher than other areas. It is easy to see that between sugar and mining the region has had some successful years. The city has obviously been impacted with the downturn in mining in more recent times with vast numbers...

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Jul 18, 2014 - Days 17 - 19 UPDATE NOTES

Hi All Well it’s been a quiet week but we are getting nearer to our goal of warmer weather albeit slowly. We left Hervey Bay where it was cool and poor Barry had the worst site in the park ours not being much better both being seldom used and headed the 40kms to a small town called Howard. Has to be famous for something so we found out for the birthplace of an Australian Prime Minister Andrew Fisher and not much else but a quaint town and park regardless. From there it was off to Bundaberg birthplace of another Australian famous person but...

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Mar 14, 2014 - The Tropics!

The Tropics! We left the campsite after Ruth sweet-talked the two rangers into filling our freshwater tank. We made use of the the local library to update our blog as we hadn't been able to do so for maybe two weeks. Took ages as the connection wasn't brilliant and I suspect because the blog is quite a large file now; there are over 70 entries. Ruth announced she would like to drive today, so she did! We drove along the quiet country road to Miriam Vale where we rejoined our old friend, The Bruce Highway towards Gladstone. Gladstone is an...

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Feb 14, 2014 - Airlie Beach - Mackay

Wednesday 12th Still at Airlie Beach,we have decided that today we would explore a bit of the area south of Airlie Beach, so after doing a load of washing we took off towards Conway Beach. When we got there we were a bit dissapointed because the beach looks like it was hit pretty bad in the storms and high tides of late, and no one has cleaned anything up. The beaches are full of rubbish and dead trees all over the place. We then went to another smaller beach, thus was not as bad but there was still rubble around the place. Both of these...

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Aug 27, 2013 - Rollingstone to Mackay

We left Rollingstone Beach around 8.30 after saying goodbye to Terry and Lynda and our neighbours Arno and Suzanne. Uneventful and tiring trip through some places we had never heard of before. Guthalungra, Bowen, Prosepine, Kuttabull before arriving at Mackay around 4pm. Many of these towns had been decimated by cyclones in the past few years. We stayed at the Andergrove Top Tourist Park, where we had our own ensuite. We had travelled 461 klms today and were both very weary. Unfortunately the park is situated very close to the airport, and...

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Feb 19, 2013 - The Bush Tucker Trial

An amazing start to the day. Up at 6 a.m. and guess what no rain, yet. Stepped out of our cabin to be greeted by a kookaburra, sitting, grubbing in the ground. Cheeky chap, posed for his photograph and I gave Roger a rendition of the kookaburra song. I didn’t say he had an amazing start to the day ha ha. We hit the beach and were further amazed to see the kangaroos, paddling, searching the sand for food and fighting. It was truly a beautiful sight. I honestly thought the beach would be packed with kangaroo spotting tourists but there were...

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Feb 18, 2013 - Meeting the kangaroos at Hillsborough

Rain again today accompanied by a severe weather warning. Regular updates on the radio, on our five hour drive from Yeppoon to Hillsborough National Park, say the weather is going to stay as it is for the next 48 hours. It poured all the way. We heard that it’s 30+ degrees in Melbourne, unbelievable. As we entered the resort we were greeted by a kangaroo hopping around. What a welcome. Our accommodation is very, very basic, but you don’t expect much more when you stay in this type of place. The wild life is what makes it so special. A few...

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Oct 18, 2012 - Home to Mackay

I suppose we were happy enough to get home. We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed the experience of winter, and we arrived home unscathed. Our family in Mackay had worked hard cleaning up the yard and the house so it was a lovely surprise to come home to. I think Brayden and Kaylee were here "working" as well. I didn’t think we would be on the road so long. I thought 4 weeks would pull us up but Barry had given us 6 weeks. All up we were away 4 months but we totally enjoyed every single day. Watch this space for our next trip…..

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Oct 2, 2012 - Couple of days relaxing in mackay

Tuesday - Dee and I went to the cafe down the road to meet up with her mums community group today whilst marc did some maintainence on the car. Jas returned from an induction and the boys went for a 4wd up a crazy hill somewhere. Wednesday- After a relaxing morning we headed into the CBD for a look around. With not much to see we finished up at the local shopping centre where marc updated his wardrobe amazing trying shorts and a polo top on and coming out with three purchases to which I added he has brought more than me on holiday. He's...

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