Days 1 to 3 – Clarenza to Airlee Beach

Friday July 3rd. Rockhampton to Airlie Beach.

Today’s drive was 527 kms and was through an almost totally empty landscape. The only towns of any size were, Sarina, Mackay and Proserpine. Stopped for lunch at North Mackay harbour before reaching Airlie Beach where we are stopping for the next 4 nights at the Shingley Beach Resort. Dinner at home tonight so no loss to the pokies to record.  Had a bottle of half Mile Creek Cab Sauv, very soporific after a day’s drive. Tomorrow we shall start to explore the lovely surroundings of the harbour and beaches.

Thursday, July 2nd. Noosaville to Rockhampton.

A similar drive to yesterday, 535 kms. We stopped for lunch in Childers a beautiful town but always remembered for the wrong reason, the disastrous fire at the Backpacker Hostel in 2000 which killed 15 people including a pair of twin English sisters. Rockhampton is the beef capital of Australia and we must have passed at least 6 full size statues of Bulls on the short journey into town and the Fitzroy Motel. Dinner at the Leagues club and a loss to the pokies of $10.

Wednesday July 1st.  Clarenza to Noosaville 

A pleasant drive of 478 kms with a stop for lunch in Mullimbimby. Arrived at Sun Motel in Noosaville at 5.10 pm to find Reception closed and an afterhours entry system u/s.  Fortunately manger was driving by and saw us struggling. That’s Queensland for you. Dinner in the Noosaville Yacht Club across the road and a loss to the pokies of $5.

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