Letho's Blog


by on Jul.24, 2011, under The East Coast

July 22-24, 2011

After the heavy 910 km drive the day before it was about time for a damage assessment on the LandCruiser: not only had the headlights been smashed by gravel a road train had kicked into the air. The windscreen had a few big cracks as well, and the petrol system still didn’t work.

Headlights smashed :(

Headlights smashed 🙁

On our first day in Townsville we therefore ended up hunting and collecting spare parts, i.e. a petrol pump and new headlights. After spending the whole day for this, including repairs, the petrol system still was only intermittently working. Finally I put on the old pump. On a sidenote: a few days later everything went back to normal as if it never had stopped working. Anyway, after all we had made it to East Coast.

The little time we spent in Townsville was filled with exploring, e.g. a drive to the really incredibly steep Castle Hill. All kinds of people walked, jogged or cycled up there – phew!

Magnetic Island is only a stone’s throw away from Townsville. Unluckily we didn’t have enough time for a ride over there.

Here’s a fine panorama stretching over Rowes Bay and Magnetic Island up to the port area:

Townsville from Castle Hill

Townsville from Castle Hill

Of course we took a walk along the famous city beach „The Strand“:

As Townsville is located far north in Queensland, its climate is tropical. You’ll find lots of palms, strangler figs etc. all over the town. At this time of the year it’s supposed to be winter – those winters are better than most German summers! 🙂 We explored the inner city as well, walking and strolling along the streets.

We concluded our sightseeing with some planespotting at the nearby RAAF base:

Not to forget: Inka’s new passion (cooking) resulted in some great meals!

Yum yum!

Yum yum!

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