Saturday, May 27, 2017

Camps and rest areas we have enjoyed in Queensland

First up, we have to say that Queensland is by far the most RV friendly state in Australia.  There are many towns that not only state that they are RV friendly but put their money where their mouth is and provide good rest areas and sometimes even a hot shower in town.  Rest areas are also often in town centres in a car park.  We really appreciate this and we try to spend our money in these towns either in a cafe or a supermarket.

Rest areas are sometimes in quite scenic spots.  This one is at Virgin Rock rest area, 1.5 kms from Springsure inland from Gladstone, on the way to Emerald.

And would you believe at night the two peaks in the bluffs above are lit up.  Quite touristy really.

Andrew of course had to climb the bluff and this photo is from above.

This rest area at Bundoora Dam is off from a backwater road between Capella and Middlemount where we did not meet a single RV vehicle, a very unusual event in Queensland where caravans and motor homes are on every road possible.  When we got to our destination, we expected to be the only ones there, based on the above experience, but lo and behold, about 20 vehicles were lined up on the dam beachfront.  There for the fishing or whatever recreation they are enjoying, away from the bustling crowds.

After many days of free camping we generally treat ourselves to a caravan park of some sort and we chose the Kinchant Waters Leisure Resort, some 25 kms from Mackay.  Leisure resort is a little bit of an exaggeration but it is a very pleasant spot on the Kinchant a dam once again where the locals come for a spot of fishing and water skiing on the weekend.

We have had a lovely hot shower, did three loads of washing, gave Maxi a well deserved bath and had fish and chips at the cafe.  We are also staying here an extra day today and it being Sunday, they do a three course roast dinner for lunch for the princely sum of $12.50 in which we will partake.  On Monday we plan to spruce ourselves up for a game of bridge at the Mackay Bridge Club.  We have been playing bridge at all the major cities we have been through and have enjoyed a warm reception at each as visitors.

This is the view from the cafe where we had our lovely fish and chips and will have our roast lunch today.  Ah, this travelling life is good!

Some of the activities that go on around us here

and below is a shot of Doug, the lovely dog next door to us.  He is a gentle giant, another rescue dog

and the children have great fun on the swinging rope.

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