Sunday 22nd June, (Townsville/ Bluewater).
3 weeks have passed since being in Townsville area, and I canâ€™t believe the time has passed so quickly.
I had intended not to put many words down since arriving here as we had only intended relaxing, catching up with some retail therapy and a little maintenance.
We spent the first two weeks in Townsville at the Lakes caravan park and did exactly what we intended. Then we went a short way north to Rollingstone to the free camping area we found last year and spent several days there. This time was very relaxing as there is absolutely nothing to do there without travelling somewhere and we enjoyed it tremendously, so much so that we are going back there tomorrow, or, and another area at Balgal beach over the next week until we return to Townsville.
We are going back to Townsville for the week before Linda flies out to go home for a few weeks so we can catch up with a couple that we met up with last year while here. Barry and Ida, a pair of the many â€˜Seagullsâ€™ from Melbourne, travel to Townsville each year to escape the cold winter. They will be here again on Sunday.
At the moment, and for the past four days, we have been at a caravan park at Bluewater, about 20k north of Townsville. This is a very nice park with, as they boast, the largest van sites of any park in Queensland. The price of this park is very reasonable for the area and I am quite surprised that it is as under-used as it is. The frequently used area of the park is well looked after and it is a very peaceful park to spend time to relax. I would suggest that this would be as good a park as any to be for a week or so while Linda is at home so I can do some painting on the under-side of the van.
Monday 2nd June 2003, (Pentland/Townsville).
We enjoyed our stay at Richmond as it was a peaceful area, but the caravan park is situated on the highest point in the town and there was no protection against the wind that has been blowing since we have been here. We would have liked to stay a little longer but the wind was intolerable.
We left Richmond on Saturday with the intention of going to a Nature Reserve called Kooroorinya at a small place called Lammermoor about 50k south of Prairie, east of Hughenden. We had heard a lot about this camp spot and were looking forward to the visit, but the road was gravel, and although we were told it was usable, we found it was too corrugated and rough for the caravan. We have never known as much gear to be dislodged in the cupboards, and the main door latch came loose losing a screw so we decided to turn around and go on to a place called Pentland. It is a little unfortunate as they were sealing a section of the road and a year later it might have been a lot better. Maybe we will try again next time we are in the area.
Pentland was also a surprise stay as the caravan park there was rather good for a town of its size, and cheap as well. It was unfortunate that it rained while we were there as, although the town was very small, we would have liked to stay there for a day or two, but as the weather looks as though it has turned bad we decided to up camp and travel on to Townsville.
We bypassed a stopover at Charters towers because of the rain and it was just as well: The caravan park we had chosen to stay at had a fire the night before and the office burned down, so they probably wouldnâ€™t be taking any more guests anyway. We also passed up an idea of camping out at a camping area north of Chartersâ€™ due again to the weather. Apart from all this we probably couldnâ€™t wait to get to Townsville anyway as we do like the place. After we arrived at Townsville and set up the awning, sat down for a rest, we both had the same thought that this was like being home.