Beatit on the road - Day 3

Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 19:45

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Parkhurst Caravan Park with the drive through right next to the house was just great. Easy to get in and out, we were still physically buggered but managed a personal best (Olympic talk) by departing at 8-15. We were on a powered site so a green smoothy was on the breakfast menu (Michelle would have been proud!). The sun was up and it was already warm there was no need for a jumper! I cut across a constant peak hour traffic heading into Rocky but there was no pressure and we were on our way north again.
There was nothing like the road works we had experienced the day before but there were a couple that slowed us down. Some long stretches of straight road meant that we did some excellent time and we made it to Bowen with just 190k to get to Townsville tomorrow. We had a lovely morning tea stop about 125k south of Sarina, it looked like it had only just been opened and everything looked new and clean. Most importantly there was parking for our long rig and a flock of apostle birds squabbling kept us amused.
Macs truck stop just north of Sarina had the cheapest fuel but the facilities were somewhat feral in the gents. They did provide free coffee whilst we were filling so on balance it was still a good stop. The car took fuel relatively easily and it was probably all over in 20 minutes!
Mackay information centre was our lunch time stop, it had good parking off the main road as well as toilets and a dump point. I took a peak in the centre itself and the fellow there was most friendly, it turns out his wife taught patchwork and quilting locally and he knew all the shops. I was a bit concerned that our lunch time stop would turn into a couple of days of shopping so I suggested we keep this to ourselves to which he agreed - it pays to talk to the locals but he knew nothing about fishing.
Just north of Proserpine we stopped at Whitsunday gold coffee plantation and we could easily have spent some time there drinking coffee etc. it was just such a place. A nice deck with a cane field outlook and pleasant people but we were on a mission. Lis bought some ground coffee for those moments where the absence of 240v makes the cappuccino machine unusable – perish the thought!
Whilst at the coffee works we decided that as it was only 60k to Bowen and Townville was unachievable we would stay in Bowen for the night. We were tipped off by a fellow at the coffee works (lives in Bowen) that there were no free parks so we decided to stay in a van park again. We have a pretty good system now, we ring ahead advising what we need and if available we get the address which we punch into the navigator and it takes us there. This has also worked for free camps where there is an address in the Camps 6 book. Sure takes the stress out of locating the park.
We ended up at Queens Beach Caravan Park with a long site on the edge in the new part of the park. No unhooking and relatively painless parking again with new facilities and only a couple of hundred meters to walk to the beach.Townsville tomorrow and we’ll get a bit more active with the camera!
A new way of life is emerging.
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