HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 28

When we reached Townsville, we reached the north-east coast of Queensland, yeah!!! This meant sea breezes, cooler temperatures and a lot less dust. Heaven!

Townsville is a city! It’s next to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef and is in the dry tropics of Queensland. Our visit here was for a few days and this is part of what we saw…

Townsville, (2 of 17) September 2015

Fig trees in ANZAC Park

Townsville, (3 of 17) September 2015

A Fig Tree doing what comes naturally to it…

Townsville, (4 of 17) September 2015

Fig Tree network

Townsville, (11 of 17) September 2015

Sunset from Castle Hill Lookout (Elevation – 286 m) over looking at part of the city

Townsville, (9 of 17) September 2015

Day time view from Castle Hill Lookout viewing towards Magnetic Island

Townsville, (8 of 17) September 2015

The Strand’s water park – amazing for kids of all ages

Townsville, (6 of 17) September 2015

One of many showers along the water park- very ‘funky’ 🙂

Townsville, (5 of 17) September 2015

See. I told you it was a water park for kids of all ages 🙂

Townsville, (15 of 17) September 2015

Magnetic Island in the background and the murky waters in the foreground

Townsville, (14 of 17) September 2015

The Jetty at The Strand! Great for fishing with cleaning tables, taps etc

Townsville, (16 of 17) September 2015

Looking back from the jetty

Townsville, (17 of 17) September 2015

Just letting you know how windy it was when we visited. I had a job keeping the camera still 😗

From there, we went to Airlie Beach which is part of the Whitsunday’s  – a group of 74 islands and in the heart of the Barrier Reef.

At the Abell Point Marina, there were pleasure crafts to suit all pockets…

Airlie Beach, (1 of 9) September 2015

This trimaran worth a few dollars

Airlie Beach, (7 of 9) September 2015

To medium size beauties

Airlie Beach, (5 of 9) September 2015

To this little row boat more suited to our pocket 🙂

Airlie Beach, (6 of 9) September 2015

Or, if you just wanted to play in the water, you could hire a Jet Ski

The theme here is:  you’ve guessed it – water, water, water 🙂

Airlie Beach, (8 of 9) September 2015

The little ones like to explore the rocks

Airlie Beach, (3 of 9) September 2015

Us oldies like the safe surrounds of the artificial salt water pool 🙂

Airlie Beach, (2 of 9) September 2015

While the young ones prefer the sandy side of the artificial salt water pool 🙂

So you see, Airlie Beach is suitable for all age groups as long as you love water. From there too, you can catch a tour to any of the islands you heart desires.

From there we travelled to Mackay – now that’s the heart of the sugar cane country. I must admit I loved seeing the lush green fields after travelling through the drought stricken centre.

Mackay, (5 of 12) September 2015

Recently planted sugar cane field and recently ploughed in the back ground gave rise to gorgeous colour contrast

Mackay, (3 of 12) September 2015

Harvesting the sugar cane field

Mackay, (6 of 12) September 2015

Small gauge railway lines takes the harvested sugarcane to the refineries

Mackay, (4 of 12) September 2015

It was a pleasure to see hay in the fields

We then made our way to the Eungella National Park area where we saw some beautiful sites and wild life. We were quiet and patient waiting for the platypus to come out and play, but it was worth it 🙂

Mackay, (12 of 12) September 2015

Playing hide and seek with us

We also had to sneak around so we wouldn’t frighten this Goanna. I would have missed him if it wasn’t for Mr Oz who loves and knows all things in nature 🙂

Mackay, (8 of 12) September 2015

The Goanna figured if he didn’t move, we wouldn’t see him there. It almost worked!

Araulen Cascades were beautiful in the NP and although the pool was numbing cold, it didn’t stop Mr Oz getting in or this Mum from jumping.

Araluen Cascades, (1 of 1) September 2015

All that made us hungry, so we headed for the Historic Eungella Chalet which has stunning views overlooking the Pioneer Valley.

Mackay, (9 of 12) September 2015

Side façade of the Chalet

Mackay, (10 of 12) September 2015

Garden overlooking the Pioneer Valley – albeit smoked filled from bush fires 😗

Mackay, (11 of 12) September 2015

Valley views from inside

We had a beautiful meal there and it was all the more special because they cater for Gluten Free clients. Magic!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s travel and for now, our journey continues…

I’ll keep writing to a minimum and give you links to places so it’s easy reference for you to look up if you’re interested in a particular location.

As we’re travelling around Australia for X amount of months, I’ll keep the Hump Day Post (HDP) (on Wednesdays) for our journey and will continue to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenge (on Saturdays/Sundays) – where possible. I’ll repeat this every week, just in case you’ve just joined me 🙂

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10 Responses to HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 28

  1. macmsue says:

    Wonderful shot of the platypus!

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  2. Amy says:

    Great captures here! The Fig Trees are amazing, beautiful water and landscape! Thank you for the wonderful tour! 🙂

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  3. Glad you enjoyed it Amy 🙂

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  4. Amazing to see the fig trees like that, they look so old! Beautiful images and enjoy your further travel in Australia 🙂

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  5. Lignum Draco says:

    It’s a vast land. These are great shots. Good weather too which is important in that area.

    A friend of mine where I used to work kept a large map of Australia on his wall at work and regularly updated in red all the roads and places he’d visited. He was a keen off-roader and champion mountain bike rider. I was always impressed to look at his map and dream.

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  6. GF-Chopstix says:

    Love your photos, as always! The fig trees are really impressive – are they edible? That platypus is too sweet 🙂

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  7. Yes, the figs are edible but the fruit bats gets to them first! 😙 The platypus is very elusive so you have to be still and quiet, otherwise they don’t come out.

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