Always Something Happening
When working on the road, there’s always something new to do.
With our days off this July, this was the case. We had work to catch up with, but we also wanted to explore.
So we set aside two days for sightseeing. We headed north for 2 ½ hr to Charters Towers, a town we hadn’t been to before.
Charters Towers is a busy centre on the Flinders Hwy which crosses Qld from east to west from Townsville to Cloncurry. It then meets the Barkly Hwy to the Northern Territory border.
Trucks, locals and the ever-moving grey nomads keep this place busy. Now a town’s size can be determined by what facilities are available. By facilities, I mean does it have a “McDonalds”?
Charters has a McDonalds, Subway, Red Rooster and a Woolworths. So, to us, this means it’s a “bigger town”.
After a drive around and a visit to McDonald’s we then proceeded east for 1½ hrs to Townsville.
I remember Townsville being a busy city 20 odd years ago. The esplanade was a hive of activity, and you couldn’t get a park close by.
This time around you could have shot a gun down the street and not hit a soul. A lot of the buildings were vacant or for lease. After the floods at the beginning of the year, it appeared the city was struggling.
I guess all towns and cities change during economic cycles.
Great To See The Ocean
On the positive side, it was great to see the ocean.
The colours of the sea never disappoint.
We booked into the casino for the night overlooking Magnetic Island and the harbour. Once sorted, we headed out for the usual sightseeing.
A drive up to Castle Hill was a must and what surprised us the most was how many people use this track as an exercise path. From the young to…well older than us, walking, running and cycling up and down the road as well as the other walking tracks. We even saw a storm come and in and enjoyed the heavy rain fall.
Rain Clouds over Castle Hill
Dining out and endless showers
Our last stop of the day was dinner at the NQ Cowboys.
It was a friendly club and the meal was delicious.
Back at our unit, we both relished the bathroom with a soak in the tub followed by the choice of a rainwater showerhead or an invigorating handheld showerhead.
Aahh the bliss!
All of this while watching the tv and looking at the view of Magnetic Island – life can’t get better.