Heading North


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At long last we hit the road again. Operations, rehab time and weddings done and dusted, we head north for better weather, more exploring, and our next job. The plan was to see some of the coastal areas we used to always miss on our speedy journeys to and from Cairns to the Sunshine Coast.

First stop, Inskip Point. So close to home, but we had never been there. We scored ourselves position A, on the beach at “Sarawak” campsite. For those who have also never been to this particular  part of Qld, add it to the list! I will write a review for those wanting more info on Inskip Point.

Qld winter weather turned unseasonably wet for the next few days – but we made our way to 1770/Agnes Water to revisit a favourite spot of ours. (Workmans Beach Bush Camp). Two days of beach walks in heavy rain, alternated with hunkering down in the caravan made us realise how precious we are. Wet weather camping is NOT fun, and best be avoided if we want to continue to cohabit peacefully.

But by our next destination the sun had come out, and our spirits calmed. For the first time we actually visited Yeppoon, and didn’t just scoot through Rocky.  We had a pleasant stay at the Yeppoon showgrounds, and caught up with some old friends, who toured us around their beautiful part of Qld.

After one night at Carmilla beach, we stopped at the Cape Hillsborough area north of Mackay. Another wonderful destination. Lots of lovely secluded beaches, abundant wildlife and some awesome walks.

After this we headed inland so Brian could revisit an old haunt of his “Greenvale”. (Think Slim Dusty song “Three Rivers Hotel”) Brian worked there in his early 20s helping build the railway and some of the town. We passed through Charters Towers on the way which was such a lovely surprise, fantastic history, and lovely restored buildings. As for the stop in Greenvale, unless you have a pressing reason to go there, don’t bother.

Our journey north ended with a weeks stopover in Malanda camped on my parents property. In true Malanda style, the rain came back and didn’t let up for the whole week but at least this time we could take refuge inside the house.

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