Miz Lizzie Adventures: Mackay to Townsville

Today was the first full day of holiday.

We arrived fairly early and got set up quickly. It’s a beautiful caravan park, and as it’s low season, we have the place almost to ourselves.

I was tired after yesterday’s packing and travelling, and after a delicious supper of grilled pork chops and pineapple (grown about a kilometre away), a brief walk on the beach 20 metres away and a catch up on what was happening in blogland, we both put head to pillow and were out like a light. I woke early to the most wonderful sunrise over the sea, and a very peaceful sound from the waves at high tide.

I’d booked my sewing machine in for a service in Townsville as I don’t much care for the local technician in Mackay. Need I say there was a very modest fabric purchase….? We also paid a visit to the Honda motorbike shop across the road (how’s that for convenience?) to see if we could find a handlebar mount for the satnav, but no luck, or it would have been even scores for me and the Husband. Then off to our first planned visit, the Heritage Tea Rooms, up the high and winding Herveys Range Road, just north of the city.

It’s gorgeous. A settler-style cottage, built of wood, with high ceilings, verandahs and a tin roof, it’s still filled with original furniture, zinc tubs, old mangles, dressers (hutches) filled with lovely old crockery, original floorboards and fascinating photos of people and scenes from 100 years ago and more. And the food… well. I had two huge batch scones (buttermilk biscuits), fresh butter and home made plum jam. The Husband went blokey and had a beef pie and a sausage roll (and the half scone I couldn’t manage!), washed down with an excellent iced latte. Delicious, home made, and enjoyed in the shady garden surrounds of the Tea Rooms.

Then back down Herveys Range, stopping for a photo of the stunning view from the top, with Mt Cataract in the middle and Townsville and the sea in the distance, and back to Rollingstone and the purchase of some beautiful locally-caught banana prawns and another very local pineapple for our dinner.

Not a cloud in the sky all day, 34°C/93°F, and as soon as I’ve written this, I’m heading for the swimming pool for an afternoon dip. It’s hell, but someone has to do it. Tomorrow we’re packing up in the morning and heading north once again, to Cairns and Far North Queensland. Plenty more to do there, but it struck us today that now we have Bill, we’d be able to head up to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation, something we couldn’t do in our previous car due to the roughness of the road. Something to think about… it’s nearly 18 years since I last visited the Cape.

See you in FNQ 🙂


54 thoughts on “Miz Lizzie Adventures: Mackay to Townsville

  1. manicmumdays says:

    Hi Kate, In my frazzled state this afternoon I forgot to say Thank you! Thanks so much for stopping in and saying Hi, even tho it was a quick one and I wasn’t my usual self 🙂 Travel safe and see you on the way back! ❤

  2. Looks perfect. Hope the sewing machine benefits from the service – are you collecting it on the way back?
    I love that view including Mt Cataract. As my grandmother used to say ‘there’s an awful lot of land with nobody in it’… although she was referring to Wales.

  3. Lovely to see that sunshine – pouring with rain here! (UK)

    • katechiconi says:

      The heat’s pretty relentless if you’re not used to it. An hour after sunset, it’s still strong enough to make you break into a sweat. That said, we had a fabulous swim about 6pm in the camp pool, and the water was absolutely perfect.

  4. rutigt says:

    When I look out all I see is snow falling 😦 I do envy you 🙂 It´s so enjoying, reading about your adventures and to see the photos!!!!

  5. tialys says:

    That sunrise!!
    What are those little fossily things you have there?

    • katechiconi says:

      I know, it’s magical, isn’t it.? It was warm, peaceful and empty, just the hush of the waves on the shore. The fossily things are little pieces of the Great Barrier reef! Bits die, break off in storms, get damaged somehow and get washed ashore. This was just two of the bits I spotted on a square metre of beach. at high water. I didn’t go too much further, we have saltwater crocodiles active in this area!

  6. tialys says:

    Lordy! Crocs! 😮
    Bits of the Great Barrier Reef – you couldn’t buy better souvenirs than that. (Well, you probably could but best to pick them up yourself).

    • katechiconi says:

      I love the texture on the left hand one. And saltwater crocodiles, stingers (jellyfish), conefish, irakandji octopus and all manner of nasty bitey, stingy things are the price we pay for living in this outstandingly gorgeous part of the world…. It’s pretty simple really. Swim in the pool, keep the sea for admiring.

  7. nanacathy2 says:

    Right I was feeling dead jealous with the lovely scenery, scones, super tearoom and then you spoiled it -Crocodiles! I suppose there are creepy crawlies and snakes too! Enjoy your trip and watch out for the wildlife.

    • katechiconi says:

      I haven’t seen any creepy crawlies (aside from a few ants) and no snakes, we’re a bit open here and they like undergrowth. I don’t think there’s much danger of rampant bitey things on the rest of the trip, but you never know. I shall Be Prepared.

  8. kathyreeves says:

    Oh thank you so much for the lovely sunrise picture! I have made it my wall paper, the perfect antidote for the snow and yesterday’s high of 5 F! Bless you my friend, I will survive much more easily with this to look at!

  9. Kathy D says:

    Love the sunrise pic – so beautiful and peaceful! I bet those prawns were delicious – banana size WOW. I so enjoy traveling with you on your vacations.

  10. I found myself taking a deep breath reading today’s post. Thank you for letting me vicariously share your lovely day.

    • katechiconi says:

      Take a deep breath and let it all the way out…. I feel my tensions unwinding and my spine unratcheting too! Today we reach the Far North. It’s the place that made me fall in love with Australia and decide that nothing would do but that I spend the rest of my life here. So you can imagine how much I enjoy coming back.

  11. dayphoto says:

    OH! Gosh! That place is stunning!

  12. magpiesue says:

    Hold on a minute while I pick my jaw up off the floor and clean up the drool… Such scenery! Such food! And shopping to boot. You must be in heaven!

  13. jeanswenson says:

    Beautiful pics! My husband and I had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand a few years ago, and when we went, so many friends and family asked, “aren’t you planning to go to Australia while you are in down there?” (we live in Southern California). While we dedicated 3-weeks to exploring NZ (rented a caravan – what a great way to see the country), we wanted to not short-change one or the other by throwing too much into the itinerary. Both countries have so much to offer! Seeing your pics excites me for when we do visit Australia.

    • katechiconi says:

      Bearing in mind the size of our country/ continent, do allow plenty of time, and make a list that’s rather shorter than you’d like. It’d be like trying to see the whole of the US in three weeks…If you stick to the east coast, you’d be able to cover quite a lot, but it’s simply not possible to see all the capitals, and the Red Centre, and Kakadu, and the Blue Mountains, and FNQ and… well, you get the idea.

  14. Lynda says:

    This is your first full day?!? You are going to need another week at home just to rest up. Seriously, this is marvelous and now I am lamenting that Bob and I haven’t had a vacation together in 10 years. Maybe we need to do something about that, eh?

  15. So happy your wonderful holiday started out so well, and you got straight into the gastronomic forays. Tearooms, pork chops, pineapple, banana prawns, more pineapple. Yuuuuuuuum ♡

  16. “I’m heading for the swimming pool for an afternoon dip. It’s hell, but someone has to do it”. I’m laughing so hard. Don’t work so hard. It’s not good for you. 🙂

  17. It is hard to beat a country tea room’s scones, right?

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