A Travellerspoint blog

July 2013

Cruising around Bowen

Day 62 - Thursday 11 July 2013

We have now been on the road for two months and are just over half way on distance for this trip. After breakfast we decided to go for a walk around Bowen, starting with the Information Centre for maps and general info on the sights to see around Bowen. Next stop was the newsagent then back to Jochheims Bakery, famous in this part of the world for their home made meat pies. However no pies for us, so we had our usual morning coffees before buying a nice fresh baguette for our lunch.

Back at camp David made some caravan park bookings for the next couple of weeks - Cape Palmerstone for 3 nights, Rocky for 3 nights, Bundaberg for 2 nights, then Dicky Beach at Caloundra for a week. See you on the 21st Frosty - we will finally catch up.

After lunch we did a Cooks Tour of the local area starting with Horseshoe Bay and nearby Grays Bay to see what we had missed. We must have missed seeing Kevin 747 as they had the warning signs out! We then drove around to Rose Bay before heading back to Flagstaff Hill to take in the views - no flagstaff on the Hill however. On the way back from Flagstaff hill we called in at the NQCYC to check out the yachts in the Marina - while a few were on a small floating marina, most were moored for and aft on piles, necessitating dinghies to access the boats.

Horseshoe Bay beach

Horseshoe Bay beach

View towards Gloucester Island from Horseshoe Bay

View towards Gloucester Island from Horseshoe Bay

Watch out for Kevin Rudd - he's on the loose again

Watch out for Kevin Rudd - he's on the loose again

Grays Bay beach

Grays Bay beach

Yacht anchored off Grays Bay beach

Yacht anchored off Grays Bay beach

Northern end of Grays Bay beach

Northern end of Grays Bay beach

Rose Bay beach

Rose Bay beach

North Head Island with Stone Island behind

North Head Island with Stone Island behind

Light House on North Head Island

Light House on North Head Island

Bowen from Flagstaff Hill Lookout

Bowen from Flagstaff Hill Lookout

Bowen Marina from Flagstaff Hill Lookout

Bowen Marina from Flagstaff Hill Lookout

North Queensland Cruising Yacht Club

North Queensland Cruising Yacht Club

NQCYC Marina

NQCYC Marina

Yachts moored on for and aft piles

Yachts moored on for and aft piles

Bowen tugs waiting for the next coal ship at Abbott Point

Bowen tugs waiting for the next coal ship at Abbott Point

Prawn trawler waiting for the wind to drop

Prawn trawler waiting for the wind to drop

Derelict yacht in Bowen Harbour

Derelict yacht in Bowen Harbour

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Townsville to Bowen

Day 61 - Wednesday 10 July 2013

After a leisurely breakfast we were finally on our way to Bowen. There were a lot of road-works on the way and we were held up several times waiting for traffic coming the other way. The road-works probably added about an extra 40 minutes to what should have taken about 2 hours 40 minutes. We stopped for morning tea at The Coffee Club at the Burdekin Shopping Centre in Ayr - flat whites with savoury scones.

We arrived at the Harbour Lights Tourist Park in Bowen at about 1:30 pm and booked in for 3 nights - we were allocated site 26, a nice roomy site with a shady tree. Given that it was a bit windy we did not bother with the awning. We had initially tried to book into the Horseshoe Bay Caravan Park, but could not get into it or any other nearby caravan parks. After a quick set up we walked into the town for a bit of a wander around. Bowen's recent claim to fame is for being the movie set for Baz Luhrmann's production of "Australia". The Grandview Hotel was a major feature in the movie.

Harbour Lights Tourist Park, Bowen

Harbour Lights Tourist Park, Bowen

Site 26 in Bowen

Site 26 in Bowen

The Grandview Hotel

The Grandview Hotel

Interesting old building across the road from the Grandview Hotel

Interesting old building across the road from the Grandview Hotel

One of Bowen's many murals

One of Bowen's many murals

Later that afternoon the Managers of the Caravan Park put on a free sausage sizzle with entertainment by the pool.

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Our last day in Townsville

Day 60 - Tuesday 9 July 2013

We spent the day preparing to move on - from here we will spent a number of shorter stops of 2 to 3 days each as we make our way to the Sunshine Coast where we will stay for a week. First it was the newsagent for papers, then the Coffee Club for coffees and muffins, then Woollies for groceries, Caltex for Fuel, then the Bargain Shoe Store where we really did find a couple of bargains, then Rivers for more shoes, and finally Target for clothing for Di. On the way back to the caravan park for lunch we stopped at the big boys toy store, Bunnings for more hose fittings.

After lunch we spent the rest of the afternoon packing up the awning, the side screens, hoses and furniture so we could get away without too much of a rush in the morning.

No photos today.

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Still in Townsville

Day 59 - Monday 8 July 2013

Forecast today for Townsville is 17 to 27 degrees and partly cloudy. Today was the Opening of the Legal Year so this morning we attended a Service of Prayer for the Judiciary, the Magistracy, the Bar and the Friends of the Legal Fraternity at the Townsville City Mission. The service was conducted by the representatives of the churches in Townsville as well as a Supreme Court Justice, a couple of District Court Judges and members of the local legal profession in Townsville. After the service we joined the legal profession for morning tea at the Queensland Club.

Following morning tea Di and David joined Chris to attend a couple of Court Sessions and watched the proceedings in the Supreme Court, before moving on to the District Court to watch proceedings including the empanelling of a jury for a criminal trial. All in all a very interesting exercise to see the Law in action. After our visit to the Courts David and Di headed for the shops for papers, lunch, and a visit to a pharmacy to get all out prescriptions filled. Then it was back to the caravan park for a bit of a rest before dinner later in the evening.

Later in the day we joined John and Chris at the Watermark Restaurant on the Strand in Townsville for dinner. Di and Chris had Calamari with a side salad, while John and David both had Tasmanian grass fed beef rib on the bone, with sautéed seasonal mushrooms, pancetta, kipfler potato, and red wine jus. We followed up an excellent meal with a shared cheese platter. A Kiwi Squealing Pig Sauvignon Blanc and a Barossa Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz helped it all go down.

No photos today.

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Another day in Townsville

Day 58 - Sunday 7 July 2013

The weather is nice again today - high 20's and mainly sunny. After breakfast we drove into the City for the Sunday Markets in the Mall. For a moment I thought that we were standing outside the AFL Bombers social club - then I realised that it was the Cowboys Rugby Leagues Club.

Cowboys Leagues Club

Cowboys Leagues Club

The stalls are a mixture of arts and crafts with a few fruit and veg stalls, as well as homemade jams and pickles. Di bought a silver bangle made from a fork as well as a few tubs of pickles. David found that the Camera House store was open and bought a flash unit for his camera - a Metz Mecablitz 44 AF - 1 digital flash for Pentax cameras. Still made in Germany - must be good!

Townsville Sunday Market

Townsville Sunday Market

More Sunday Market stalls

More Sunday Market stalls

Wind Chimes made from forks and spoons

Wind Chimes made from forks and spoons

After walking around the market it was back to John and Chris's apartment for lunch. We were joined by Tom and Chace, with their children Liberty and Chelsea. They had driven up from Ayr (about 90 kms away) where they now live.

Di and Chris preparing lunch

Di and Chris preparing lunch

Cats Premiership Posters - 2007, 2009, and 2011 - but no room for 2013!

Cats Premiership Posters - 2007, 2009, and 2011 - but no room for 2013!

Magnetic Island in the distance

Magnetic Island in the distance

John and David with Liberty and Chelsea

John and David with Liberty and Chelsea

John and David with Tom, Justine, Liberty, Chace and Chelsea making faces

John and David with Tom, Justine, Liberty, Chace and Chelsea making faces

John and David with all of the girls

John and David with all of the girls

After lunch we adjourned to the balcony and watched a fly over by a Hawk Jet Trainer that was putting on a performance for the V8 Supercars. The photos of the Hawk Jet Trainer were something of a challenge for the 70-300 mm zoom lens on the Pentax camera. For the benefit of the camera buffs the first photo was taken at 210 mm, F7.1, 1/800 sec at ISO 100, while the second was taken at 300 mm, F5.6, 1/640 sec, at ISO 100. The best way to view the photos is in the Photo Gallery - select large size.

Castle Hill by day

Castle Hill by day

BAE Systems Hawk Jet Trainer

BAE Systems Hawk Jet Trainer

Another shot of the Hawk Jet Trainer

Another shot of the Hawk Jet Trainer

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