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Cairns to Townsville

Day 56 - Friday 5 July 2013

Forecast temperature for Cairns today is 19 to 24 degrees, partly cloudy. As we had started packing up last night we were organised and ready to go before 9:30 am. We used our new pump at the dump point for the first time - it works a dream. Our trip today was 340 kms and took us south through Innisfail, Tully, Cardwell, Ingham and on to Townsville. Early in our trip today we passed another Trailblazer 5th wheeler - so that makes at least four in Queensland at the moment.

We were stopped several times for 5 to 10 minutes each time for road-works, particularly between Tully and Ingham. We had planned to stop half way at Cardwell, but the whole main street through town was dug up with road-works leaving nowhere for cars towing caravans to park. Next choice for lunch was Ingham, but the town was closed up tighter than a drum with a public holiday for the Ingham Show - even Woollies was closed.

As there was a rest area just south of Ingham we continued on - but the rest area was chock-a-block full of caravans stopped for lunch. Again we continued on and eventually stopped at the rest area at Rollingstone for lunch. After lunch we continued on to Townsville and booked into the Coral Coast Tourist Park for 5 nights and were allocated site 45 at the back of the park, which was easy to back onto. Townsville is a bit warmer and more humid than Cairns, so by the time we had done a full set up we were dripping wet and ready for a shower.

Site 45 - Coral Coast Tourist Park

Site 45 - Coral Coast Tourist Park

Our site even has a lawn and a garden

Our site even has a lawn and a garden

Later in the afternoon David's niece Justine and her husband Craig called by to check out our caravan as they had not seen it before. We got a lift into the city with them as we were having dinner with David's brother John and his wife Chris at their new apartment. We started with a Cook's Tour of the apartment as we had last seen it prior to completion. We had a lovely dinner on the balcony - prawn starters followed by steaks cooked on the Weber Q with salad. Not surprisingly this was accompanied by too much red wine. We eventually went back to the caravan park in a taxi.

Dinner on the balcony

Dinner on the balcony

Posted by TwoAces 01:59

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