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Apr 17, 2006 - MACKAY - 'Sugar City'

Arrived in MacKay and spent the morning trying to find somewhere to stay. There's a cyclone over the ocean at the moment so its been really windy and raining really heavily though its still really hot and muggy. Its supposed to reach land some time on Wed though it should not be near us hopefully! Thats the 3rd cyclone that's hit Aus since we've been here. Spent the day in the van when it was raining and driving round to find various beaches when it wasn't. Saw Scary Movie 4 at the cinema in the eveing....

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Feb 3, 2006 - Airlie Beach

Kelly and I got the same ferry and coach tranfer 4 hours down to Airlie Beach. The coach was about 45 minutes late turning up so didnt get to Airlie until 10.40pm. We walked along the main street and as it was Friday night was buzzing!! We were staying at Beaches hostel which had a very lively bar. The number of backpackers in Airlie is ridiculous! We dumped our bags and went to meet Kellys friend in a bar. We stayed there for a few and went to bed about 12.30. The next day we had a look around and walked to the marina to suss out where my...

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Oct 2, 2005 - MacKay

Townsville to Mackay - 395 KM This is the first of three long driving days, partially due to the distance between good Caravan Parks and partially to enable shorter days when we reach more populated areas. The day started with "Breakfast with the Animals" at the Billabong Wildlife Sanctuary. Breakfast was served outdoors by a small pond with turtles, aquatic birds, and trees filled with hanging fruit bats. After breakfast the staff made a presentation on some of the animals we would see, and brought out Koala's, a large snake, a small...

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Sep 20, 2005 - Mackay

After spending another lazy week in Airlie Beach I went down to Mackay which gave me a bit of a culture shock as it is a real town, not only houses along one street. Andrea and I went on a bus Tour to Eungella National Park yesterday, the first backpacker-style tour I've done and I have to say that's not really my thing. You are so limited to what you do, can't do longer walks or just linger in places you like. But We've been for a bloody cold swim in a rockhole and the most important thing, I've finally seen a platypus in the wild. They...

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Sandra Downunder

Mar 4, 2005 - The Whitsundays

We have just got back today from our boat trip and what a great trip it was. We were with a really good group, mostly english or scottish with 1 ozzie and 1 girl from belgium. Most people were mid 20s with 1 couple in their 50s. There was only 13 of us but it was still cosy on board as you'd expect. The weather was mostly good but the first day was windy and a little wet. They put the sails up that day and today and Alex got to help with that and even drove it for a couple of hours. He really enjoyed that part, but the whole trip was...

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Feb 13, 2005 - Mackay and Eungella National Park

On Saturday we drove another 300kms or so north to Mackay past lots of sugar cane and not much else. Mackay is another largely unheard-of place with a large population, but it definately had a lot more going for it than Bundaberg or Rockhampton. The main street was tree-lined and full of cafes and bars so we actually got a decent dinner and a drink! We sat outside on the main street and listened to the birds singing and the much-missed noise of people having fun! Then it was early to bed at the lovely YHA! On Sunday we drove inland to...

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Jan 13, 2005 - Road, road and yet more road

BIG drive today, as I banged of 750K in one go, starting around 8am and arriving into Mackay around 5:30. I'd originally been planning on stopping in Rockhampton, but got there around lunchtime to find the hostel closed 'till late afternoon and nothing hugely notable about the town, so decided to push on and have a free day tomorrow rather than having to do another half day in the car. By the time I arrived into Mackay I'd covered over 2000k in the car since leaving Syndey on sunday, and I'm quite surprised by how consistent the landscape...

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Down Under Tour '04

Oct 20, 2004 - S: East coast roadtrip:Cape Tribulation to Sydney

Dear Friends, We started our Australian travels in Cairns, Queensland located on the northeast coast of Australia. As we quickly learned at the Brisbane airport when trying to buy a ticket to Cairns, the Aussies don't come close to pronouncing the "r" in Cairns. It sounds like "cans" when they pronounce it. I kept trying to sneek an "r" into my varying pronunciation but finally gave up as clearly the Aussies had no use for this "r". Cairns is like a movie set. It has a glamorous globally-influenced fa├žade complete with seaside restaurants,...

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Armstrong Adventures

Oct 6, 2004 - Mackay, Qland

Wed 6/0 Hot What a brilliant nights sleep!! Had a leisurely brekky and then we split up to do our own bits & pieces. It was really sad saying bye to Paul today, we've had such a giggle with him, but unfortunately he's heading north. We got the bus to Mackay - 2hrs down the coast. There's not a lot here, it's a small town, but it's nice to be able to do 'real' shopping! I replaced the bra that I somehow managed to lose last week!! At sunset there are thousands on Lorakeets screeching in the trees here - they're beautiful brightly coloured...

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Pippa on Tour

Oct 2, 2004 - A Mini Adventure

Today we headed off to Hervey bay so that we could go to fraser Island. We headed out really early around 7.30am as we were all awake. The fun car were anyway! So we headed off along Bruce minding our own business when we started hearing a flapping noise which was slightly disturbing! we stopped the car and had a look but we could not see anything, we thought it might be the mud guard on the tyre but it all seemed ok, so we carried on slowly but the noise got worse. We were about 80km from the next town so we decided it was best to go slow...

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Jul 20, 2004 - Forest Flying at Mackay

Mackay A truly terrible place. An example of Australia's impressive ability to create low-rise ribbon development malls, where you can eat anything from pies to McFilth, KFC to Red Rooster - so long as it's before 8pm. We took ourselves out to the Finch Hatton Gorge to do a little Forest Flying. The enterprising Aussies (in this case ex-pats from Hull) had strung a wire through the rain forest canopy, to which you are attatched with a harness and some carabiners. We thrilled as we slid through the treetops, feeling our primal monkey...

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Jul 15, 2003 - Coolum beach to Mackay, Australia

We have hired a camper van, a mercedes sprinter from Maui and have been travelling up the coast. Our first stop was Coolum beach, the weather was a liitle overcast and we were keen to head up the coast. The next night we stayed at Elliot Heads, a beautifull quiet place (until we arrived) It seemed remote and rugged. The boys played in the surf and we took it easy. The weather began to turn again so we headed further North to Emu Park and followed the pattern of going on the beach, looking around, plenty of Barbecues and taking it easy. The...

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