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Cairns to Townsville

Friday - 24 Jul 2015

It was still cloudy and humid in Cairns with the promise of more rain.

We managed to finish packing up without any rain and were on the road by about 9:30 am for our 345 km trip to Townsville. Soon after leaving Cairns we had a couple of showers, but the skies slowly cleared for a bright sunny day. We stopped for sandwiches and a drink in Cardwell along with about 20 to 30 other vans that were parked up and down the main street. Last time we came through Cardwell it was road works from one end of town to the other. This time we got the benefit with masses of parking available for caravans.

We got to the Woodlands Big 4 Holiday Park at about 2:00 pm and checked in for three nights – that will give us the weekend to catch up with John and Chris and some of their family. The temperature in Townsville was a very warm 28 degrees. We had great difficulty when setting up the awning as the ground was like concrete – David bent about 8 tent pegs trying to get them into the ground. Townsville has had drought conditions for about 18 months, and everything is very dry. It is hard to believe the difference in weather between Cairns and Townsville when they are only 350 km apart. Cairns was green and lush, while Townsville is very dry.

After setting up and having a quick shower it was off to John and Chris’s apartment for a few drinks before dinner. Justine and Craig were also there and later Tom dropped in with Liberty and Chelsea, Liberty was dancing at a concert later that evening. We went to Salt Restaurant, one of Townsville’s better restaurants, for an excellent meal.


Parked at Cardwell for lunch.


Looking south from Cardwell towards Hinchinbrook.


Cardwell waterfront.


Plenty of room for caravans at Cardwell.

Posted by TwoAces 02:39

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