Saturday, 22 April 2017

A different look at Mackay, Queensland.

A different look at Mackay on the way down south.  We did stop at this city on the way further up north.  Link [here ]


Along the waterfront, and me.






Part of the large marina.


The lighthouse


The Races on the beach at Mackay.





45 comments:

  1. ha! Races on the beach. Cool. Never have seen that in Florida.

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    1. Don't know of any other place in Australia that has a horse race on the beach.

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  2. Un pequeño paraiso, Margaret! Nos acercamos al verano.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Many horses are taken to the beach in Australia to swim and run along the sand.

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    1. We saw from a distance and it certainly was different, then was able to watch on TV in the evening news.

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  5. I have a blogging friend in Mackay. It is nice to see a little more of her world. Thank you. She tells me that the clean-up after Destructive Debbie continues...

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    1. Oh my was wondering what Mackay looks like after the cyclone, must be a proper mess.

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  6. Running on sand must be a bit different for the horses.

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    1. I reckon Andrew, we all know what it's like for we humans when we walk on the sand.

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  7. I doubt ( very much) if the beaches of Mackay will see the likes of Winx or Chautauqua in action!
    Beach exercising for horses is excellent for their leg muscles.

    That strange looking palm in photo #3 I have one growing in the front of my
    new abode. Apparently the bulb in the centre only flowers every so many years and is quite spectacular but has a short living time. Maybe I will get to see one flower one of these years?????????????
    I have forgotten what the palm is called.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. I'm fairly sure that is a sago palm.

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    2. It looks like a sago palm as River has said.
      I expect only certain horses can gallop on the sand for the distance.

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  8. What a day you surely had. Thanks for sharing it with these great pictures

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    1. Was a good day, we didn't go to the races but went day after to look and see.

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  9. What amazing photos heard of the races on the beach but never seen them

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  10. It all looks so clean and bright, like they just finished washing everything before you got out your camera.

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    1. I guess it does River, never looked at it all that way.

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  11. Mackay sounds wonderful place to enjoy .
    is this you in photo ,looking amazing my friend!
    your capturing tells lot about place but horses pic is really outstanding

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  12. Wow I've never seen a horse race on the beach before!

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  13. Mackay is a town I've not ever liked very much.

    My late brother lived there from around 1964 to 1997. As children we'd visit annually after Christmas/New Year - our uncle and his family lived there for a while. For a couple of years when I was a toddler, before we moved back to Gympie where we were raised, we lived at Slade Point. And then when my brother married a Mackay girl and they started their family, our Mum and Nana left Gympie and moved up to Slade Point again, to be closer to the growing little family.

    Briefly,in early 1998, I managed a motel on Nebo Road in Mackay...that was a nightmare experience! I wrote about it once on my blog. And, of course, Mackay was my major mainland port of call when I was looking after the then small resort on Newry Island. Newry is north of Mackay, north-east off the coast from the township of Seaforth.

    You keep bringing back all these memories to me, Margaret! lol

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    1. Hope they are good memories Lee :)
      First time we went to Mackay we didn't care for the city much, second time was more favorable and 3rd time we didn't mind it at all.

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    2. No, unfortunately, not all of them are good memories, Margaret. I intend writing about some of those experiences very soon, in my blog. I started thinking about them again after reading this post of yours.

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    3. Like Lee - I only had a short experience of life in Mackay.
      I don't have "fond" memories either.

      In quite a few areas of Australia they have horse racing on beaches
      plus training of racing thoroughbreds is also conducted with trips to our many beaches. You even fly over horses being exercised in the water at Botany Bay as you fly into Sydney's airport. The planes are not the least bothered by the sounds or sights of the planes.
      Colin

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    4. Ooops - "horses are not the least bothered etc etc. - last sentence!
      Colin

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  14. That looks like a lovely path to walk along.

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  15. it's such a pretty place or at least your photos make it such. :) i love the photos of the races at the beach. i had no idea. :) hope you are well M xxx

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    1. Thanks.
      Was pretty probably more so in reality on that day.
      I didn't know about the horse race until I saw it either.
      Doing fine thank F...hope you are too.

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  16. wow!! beautiful pictures of beach.. and races on the beach? never heard of it.. :)

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    1. I hadn't heard of horses racing on the beach other than for training.
      Fun day.

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    1. It does look nice, always different no matter where you go.

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  18. Those careers of horse, by the coast, reminds me to the that are celebrated, in Spain, in San Lúcar de Barrrameda (Cadiz).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqZnTcQySY0

    Kisses

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    1. Thanks for the link, I have watched the video and found it interesting :)

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  19. Fantastic set of pictures, love the one of you and the one with the horses racing ... fabulous.
    It all looks so warm and inviting.

    All the best Jan

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