Monday, 11 December 2017

To Mackay, Queensland.

After Emerald in Queensland we headed to the sea coming through mining country and after that National Parks.  The road we wanted to travel on was closed due to Cyclone damage earlier in the year as the rain has washed away the road, so we travelled several klm on a narrow gravel road with no Petrol Stations along the way, lucky for us we had plenty of diesel in the tank.

We called into a Caravan Park in Mackay and stayed 10 nights as it was a bit warmer in the tropics.  Many times we have stayed in the same caravan park and this time development had taken place with much improvement.


One open cut mine above, below part of the Darling Downs on the way.




The new concrete slabs at the caravan park, plus the bus fitted out as a caravan, below the Marina at Mackay.




34 comments:

  1. Schöner Bericht über die Reise durch ihr Land interessant die Entfernungen.

    Noke

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    1. It's a lovely country Australia, and it is a long way from home to up there in Mackay.

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  2. I am sure you were happy to see the improvements and it must be like going home to return to the same location.

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    1. Always like going home if we've been there more than once, and there are so many places that that applies to - we are at a loss to know where to go each year.

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  3. The slabs make so much difference to how clean the floor of your van stays. Tha Mackay marina looks very picturesque.

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    1. It's a lovely Marina and you can drive right out on the breaker with the car.
      Concrete slabs are a God send really, I totally agree with you - don't have to wash the floor every day if there is a slab and good covering of grass for the other half.

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  4. I have a blog friend in Mackay. Nice to see a little more of her home town.

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    1. It's rather a nice place though it does or can get cold in winter, remember it was 15 deg one year and the chill factor was dreadful, and that was for several days in a row. This winter the weather was a lot warmer especially on our way back down.

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  5. So much space!! Broader horizons... so healthy for one's eyes!
    : )

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    1. Always good to see the land flat as far as I'm concerned but after awhile it's good to see hills, mountains.

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  6. Un agradable tiempo para disfrutar de una estancia prolongada en el mismo lugar.

    Las fotos tienen muy buena luminosidad.

    Besos

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    1. Was lovely staying there after travelling all that way.

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  7. Mackay is the central town for the mining fraternity out west from the town/city.
    Maybe it has city status now??????????
    The Mackay airport is busy with the fly in - fly out/miners.
    The daughter of friends of mine was an air hostie with Jet Star and she like many other cabin attendants always tried t0 avoid this "run". The miners
    were pretty rough and ready passengers...........a nightmare for the cabin staff!

    The Mackay Marina is much bigger than I envisaged. I bet some of those cabin cruisers belong to the top people of the mining fraternity.

    Great post with photos
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Some big yachts there in the Marina.
      Apparently the mining has scaled down a little so not as many people in Mackay but still a lot.
      I can imagine what the hosites had to put up with and still do.
      There were miners cabins in some of the town we came through.
      Mackay is a city.

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  8. Big motorhome! Big marina! Big open spaces! Pretty impressive.

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    1. I guess you are not at all wrong - Australia is a BIG country :)

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    1. That bus looked beautiful, the couple in it were working somewhere so guess they are on a working holiday.

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  10. I always enjoy your posts and pics, Margaret. You take me back to places I've been...lived and worked in. :)

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    1. Well that's lovely Lee. It's always nice to see if there are any changes.

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  11. A bus fitted out as a caravan!. That would be awesome. I'm enjoying following you on your trip.

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    1. We see a fair few busses fitted out as a travelling home.
      Pleased you are enjoying :)

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  12. Hello Margaret,
    Nice pictures.
    Wonderful landscape and a great harbor with wonderful boats. Not bad...hihi...!!!

    Best regards,
    Marco

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    1. It sure is - with so many klm/miles not of great use due to no water and heat.

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  14. Wow, the size of that bus, a house on wheels!

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    1. Sure is a house of wheels, there are many of those travelling Australia.

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  15. this is huge bus !

    loved the water ,so serene!

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