In Townsville

Our first day in Townsville was spent visiting as much of the city as we could in one day. We headed off from the motorhome quite early on the Tuesday morning and made the 26km trek back into the city armed with the ‘must see spots’.

Our first visit was to The Strand. This popular foreshore icon stretches some 2.5km and provides stunning views across Cleveland Bay to Magnetic Island (or Maggie Island as the locals call it).  On the seaward side of The Strand are a number of saltwater swimming pools, plenty of walkways and grass areas.  On the city side of The Strand is a mix of early century buildings and very flash apartment complexes.

Criteron Hotel Townsville2

Criterion Hotel, Townsville

A building that took our fancy historically was the Criterion Hotel.  The first Criterion Hotel was built in 1865 from logs sourced along the edges of the Ross River. In 1869 the “Log Cabin” it was replaced with a more substantial two level timber building – still retaining the name Criterion Hotel.  In 1903 the hotel was severely damaged in Cyclone Leonta and it was decided to rebuild the hotel using more permanent materials. The current building was completed in 1904. There is a number of this type of architecture all around the waterfront in Townsville.

We made a visit to the Reef HQ Aquarium. There were some stunning fish in the huge tanks. While we try not to compare, we believe that the Kelly Tarlton Aquarium is right up there with the best. A different range of fish perhaps but it’s a different seascape. A few photographs HERE .

We did plenty of walking around the city today. Walked along the Ross River, across the Victoria Bridge, a bit of ‘inner city’ stuff so Dearne could look at a few shops and poked around the various spots of interest. A few shots of our walk HERE .

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Paluma National Park to Halifax Bay

Today was spent in the Paluma Range National Park. The Park is about 60km north of Townsville, is at an altitude of 1000 metres and overlooks Halifax Bay. Paluma was first settled when alluvial tin was discovered in the Mt Spec region in 1875.  During World War II the area was recognised as strategically important.  A secret radar unit comprising around 50 American troops were stationed at the peak of the Park. The troops installed a radar unit that was used to detect and track Japanese bombers, then alert Townsville before any attack.

The Park consists of tropical rainforest, relatively easy walking tracks of different lengths, lakes, creeks, wildlife and any number of lookouts. Click HERE to see a few shots of our day.

What was the ‘take home message’ for the day? Make sure you have a full tank of gas before heading out in the jeep. When a local tells you the place you want to see is “just up the road” be aware that just up the road could 200km!!! While we didn’t run dry, our return home to the closest servo was a very nervous journey.

Tomorrow we head further north. While we could go the distance and get to Cairns, we have decided to stopover in the little place called Tully Beach. It is a freedom camping spot that ‘apparently’ is good for mud crabs.  We have the crab pots so will see what happens.

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  1. penny

    Am enjoying your travels so much but often dont know exactly where you are, is it possible to have a map for me??? love penny

    • Hi Penny

      Great to hear from Italy. If you go to our blog http://www.dearneandrod.com and one of the pages on the blog is “Current Location” – just click on that and you will know where we are. When you get on the map you may have to click on “enlarge map” at the bottom of the map so you get the full picture. Hope that helps

      Love Rod XX

    • Sue Tucker

      Oh my god…..Andrew and I stayed in that hotel back in Feb 1980…..the fans didn’t work and we nearly died from the heat. Love your update about the 11 World War. There is so much history on that coast line. You will be in your element!!!! You are making good ground considering the distance you have to cover. Enjoy and thinking of you both Sue Tucker xxxxx

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