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Bowen to Cape Palmerston

Day 64 - Saturday 13 July 2013

The wind had dropped slightly in Bowen when we got up this morning. However the forecast was partly cloudy with showers and a temperature of 14 to 23 degrees. After leaving the caravan park at about 9:30 am we stopped in town for the weekend papers from the newsagent then fresh bread from the bakery. We then made a short detour to the showgrounds to use the dump point and while we were there we took the opportunity to flush out both our black water and grey water tanks - much easier with our new pump.

Our trip today from Bowen to Cape Palmerston was 273 kms via Mackay and Sarina, and while the traffic was fairly light we had quite a few showers which slowed us down a bit. We stopped for lunch about half way at the Palm Tree Creek Rest Area, and again at the Caltex servo at Sarina for fuel. Fuel consumption today was a bit ordinary, 23.5 litres per 100 kms, as we had a head wind all the way - still south easterly and about 25 knots offshore.

We arrived at the Cape Palmerston Holiday Park at about 2:30 pm and booked in for 3 nights - the park is all drive-through sites and we were allocated site 56 at the bottom of the park. The park was only opened in September 2011 and has excellent amenities., and is only about 500 metres from the beach. When we checked in we were invited to a jaffle night at the fire pit which is located quite close to our site. While we did not join in with the jaffles we did go down for a few drinks for a happy hour.

A young family travelling south with children, 8 years, 4 years and 2 years old were cooking pop corn in a Dutch oven in the fire pit. The 2 year old decided that David was her Gramps - apparently they both have moustaches, though Gramps apparently has less hair - perhaps not immediately obvious to a 2 year-old.

Back at the van we cooked fillet steaks with onions, potatoes, and tomatoes on the BabyQ. Having listened to the Cats beat the Demons this afternoon, and seen the Tigers fall in against the Suns, we are now watching the Kangaroos and the Lions on TV. TV reception at Cape Palmerston is quite good with all channels except SBS, however Telstra reception leaves a little to be desired. While we have 3G reception for the computer with the external antenna, we have no reception on the mobiles.

No photos today.

Posted by TwoAces 02:53

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