It's been a while :)
01.08.2013 - 03.08.2013
Apologies for the break in transmission but I've had some trouble with my prepaid Wi-Fi so here's a three day update
Australia Zoo was a great place to visit, be prepared to walk and walk and walk but it was good to see a zoo that allows its animals room to move. In some way though it seems to have become a bit shrine-like, in that images of Steve Irwin are everywhere but I can't deny the passion the people have for upholding what he was trying to achieve. It was situated a long way from where we have been based but easy enough to get to once we navigated around the Brisbane toll roads (more on this later).
A big long travel day as we travelled towards our goal of Townsville. We had pre-determined that we were going to be stopping overnight at Mackay so were still prepared for a long 12 hour drive anyways. Before we got to Brisbane we had to make a stop at Mr Toys (Toyworld) as Leah has been looking for Strawberry Shortcake which is harder to find in stores than you think. After navigating again around Brisbane we headed to Strathpine as Leah was wanting to check a face-painting place (Funtopia) that she regularly orders stuff from. Turns out that she operates from home so that was a bit unexpected, but Leah managed to get a few things that she needed.
After that then it was on the road until 10.30pm when we hit Mackay.
Queensland traffic thoughts:
Getting to Brisbane is easy enough on the Pacific motorway but getting around can be a bit ridiculous, and if you're thinking on going on the motorway anywhere near peak traffic times, be prepared for an extraordinarily long drive.
I think Perth roads are so much better than the rest of the country and guess what no toll road - take the hint Eastern States!!
Be prepared for 4 lanes to merge into 2 or 3 lanes into 1 at any moment
Have I mentioned that I hate roadworks - has added more hours onto our trips than I care to count
Place names keeping me amused - Kin Kin, Beerwah, Beerburrum, 1770
After a night in the car, we left Mackay reasonably early and got on the road to Townsville where we arrived at lunchtime. We are staying with my sister and her family and it is great to see here again after such a long time and to see my niece in person for the first time. The rest of today has been spent relaxing, unwinding, an early night's sleep for me I think.
Queensland has lots of creeks, Dingo, Alligator, Breakfast, Goodbye and Gingerbeer just to name a few