Days 5 and 6 – “Plans a-changed”
Day 5 saw us leave Emerald, and instead of heading towards home base, we were diverted unexpectedly north to Townsville by Al’s work. I guess when you are on a working holiday, you need to expect the unexpected.
By the way, the photograph below is how Al has been carrying his tools and parts for his work. Very organised!
We left Emerald at about lunchtime after Al had finished his work in Emerald and headed north towards Townsville. Going through towns like Clermont, Charters Towers…names that I had heard many times and always thought they were in the “middle of Queensland somewhere”. Now I know where they are. I would like to come back this way again as a tourist. I’m told that Charters Towers is a particularly nice town, but unfortunately the Gregory Highway bypasses it so I wasn’t able to see any of it’s charm.
So what we had today was endless bitumen with stunning scenery that seemed to change at every bend. We started to think about setting up for the night at around 3pm, however lack of phone service meant that we had to keep moving until we were in range. The result was that we ended up staying at a lovely free camp in Dotswood, south-west of Townsville, right next to a beautiful railway bridge. It was obviously a popular stopover for travelers with easily 20-30 other vans and campers staying the night as well.
Day 6 was an easy drive into Townsville. The hardest part of it was to find somewhere to stay – being the start of school holidays and needing power for all our technology over the weekend. We are to stay in Townsville for two nights, so opted for the Bush Oasis Caravan Park in Nome, about 10km south of Townsville.