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A quick trip up the coast of Queensland…

I don’t normally recommend caravan parks but we did stop in one on our quick trip up near Mackay, in from Ilbilbie about an hour south (Google it! šŸ™‚ ) that we thought was impressive.Ā  Cape Palmerston Holiday Park.

We spent over a week there with the intention of seeing if our Tinnie still floated and our fishing rods could catch anything! šŸ™‚ I won’t elaborate, but we didn’t do real well. šŸ˜¦ But we did enjoy the ‘serenity’. The amenities are HUGE and lovely and clean. Big camp kitchen & camp fire. Weekly rates good ($31pn) all year round.

We did a couple of drives around the district too, including Sarina, Carmilla Beach, Koumala Hotel & Yarrawonga Park Reserve (Notch Point) south of the caravan park.

Only had 2 weeks to get there & back as had work to be done to caravan in Brisbane, but would recommend a Spring holiday in this area.

Negatives: Mozzies/Midgies at sunset, big tides, no crabs when we were there.Ā  Positives: good weather, quiet, lots of wildlife, dog friendly van park, big camp sites & tent areas, reasonable price.

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Markets in Ayr Qld 2012

Now we have settled for the Cane Season in Ayr till the end of the year, I have re-commenced my market stall at the local park – Plantation Park – the 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month, and starting from the end of this month a new market will be commencing at the local Masonic Hall in MacMillan Street on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month, which will have the whole month covered!

Our van park in Ayr, the Burdekin Cascades Caravan Park has also commenced a market in the park on one Friday night a month for the park residents and visitors only which has been a huge success (especially since you can incorporate your Happy Hour into sampling the goodies on sale).

So if you are heading north or south along the Queensland coast drop into Ayr and enjoy what this small town has to offer. Last weekend Ayr put on the SunWater Grand Parade & Mardi Gras in the main street with floats and food stalls and rides for the kids.

Cane Season in Ayr so far….

It’s well into Cane Season in North Queensland now and “B” has been working some long days. It was a slow start to the season due to a couple of bouts of rain in June/July, which made the paddocks too wet to get the harvesters & trucks into, so most of the drivers had around 6 weeks of extra RnRĀ waiting for the fields to dry out.

But it’s all happening now. The “Burdekin Snow” falls every night & early morning afterĀ the cane burns around the region that light up the skies for miles and miles.

I have posted a couple of photos of “unnamed persons” that got bogged in the paddocks not long after going back to work (no it wasn’t just my hubby!) The 4×4 tractors were a Godsend as they towed the fully filledĀ trucks out on many occasions.

Due to the slow start the Burdekin region lost a lot of haul out drivers – and there are still several adverts each week in the local paper requiring drivers…..(Have uploaded a couple more photos on the Fires page, but nothing spectacular just yet…stay tuned!

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Travels on halt for new canopy

Hey there! Since arriving backĀ in Brisbane after our Western Qld short jaunt we have put our travels on hold for a month or so as weĀ get a new canopy built for our F-truck.

The old canopy was great but cumbersome getting access to things inside, as we had an outboard motor, tyres & a car fridge to navigate over to reach chairs and storage items towards the front. Anyone who owns a canopy like ours might understand what we mean. So we bit the bullet and organised the building of a 5-door aluminium canopy for the old truck. Our ‘Tinnie Tosser’ boat loader & tinnie will still go up top and the same items will now have a new, more accessible home in the canopy.

I’m hoping ‘B’ will not forget my photos and display boards too! Somehow all the ‘mens stuff’ gets first preference in trucks – has anyone else noticed that?! šŸ™‚

After that we are back to Ayr in North Queensland for the Cane Season. So if you are passing through Ayr onĀ either the first or thirdĀ Sunday of the month when theĀ PlantationĀ Park Markets are on, drop in and see me, mention my blog and I might be able to find you a photo mementoĀ too hard to resist!

If you are travelling north this winter don’t skip Ayr. It’s a lovely small town with some great cane fires for photo ops – the Burdekin region is one of the last remaining areas to burn their cane so stop for a night or more and check out what Ayr has to offer – it’s only 85klms from Townsville.

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