Carolyn & Greg's Nomadic Adventures .../CanberratoCooktown_2013 travel blog

Reid River sunset

From Castle Hill Lookout

2 from the bunker

The Red Baron Flies

The Red Baron Lands

Cooling off


16th June

We finally made it to Townsville on the 13th June. Took us six days from Charters Towers about 130 kms. As you have probably guessed we are not in a hurry.

Townsville is home to approximately 200,OOO of the regions population. Have enjoyed our time here. The weather has been hot 29 degrees even though the locals think it is a bit cool. Here you can shop till you drop. There are four major shopping precincts, offering shoppers a wide range of stores. Had to keep our wits about us while walking around especially Stocklands it was huge.

A centre point of the city, the pink granite monolith of Castle Hill provides a stunning backdrop to the CBD and the Strand. The giant red rock stands at 286 m - just short of a mountain. Castle Hill has several challenging walking tracks for the fit ones. For the stunning views and gentle breezes we drove 2.9 km to the summit, if we were a bit younger we would have joined the locals who were running and walking [hardie har har ]

The strand is a great place to unwind. The popular foreshore stretches 2.5 km and offers views across Cleveland bay to Magnetic Island. Here there are wide boulevard style walkways.swimming enclosures, freshwater showers, playgrounds, water front dining and BBQ facilities. A must for kids and the young at heart is the state of the art water park. Catching up with the relos Simmone, Rob and Lucas we spent an enjoyable few hours on the strand chatting, lunching at the Coffee Club and watching Lucas while he had a swimming lesson.

The Red Baron seaplane is the only two passenger, open cockpit bi- plane on floats in the world and for an experience of a lifetime you can book your seat. We have been told they will do barrel rolls if you ask. For me I was happy watching with my feet planted firmly on the ground.

Tomorrow we are on the road again not sure where we will stop but we are heading towards Cairns eventually.



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