This entry is a bit delayed due to Christmas & New Year and the fact we’ve both been RnR-ing since leaving Ayr. We headed north from Ayr and re-visited some of our favourite spots on our way to Cairns.
A spot to remember at the north end of Mission Beach is Bingil Bay. It is a council area with clean amenities and the most beautiful beach right on your doorstep. We were slightly longer than the sign stated but we were the only ones there so we fit nicely.
We spent some time at Kurrimine Beach (another council run park at a good $) then up to the Atherton Tablelands to Yungaburra. They run a fabulous market which we enjoyed (because I didn’t have a stall!). We spent Christmas there at a van park walking distance to Lake Tinaroo.
Then on to Mareeba for a few days (very hot) and then down to Palm Cove at the north of Cairns. We got there New Years Eve to see the fireworks off the pier. Another council run park right on the Esplanade which I would highly recommend (as there aren’t very many beachfront van parks in Cairns). A week in Cairns then we head south again to a few beach parks we knew.
One place we would highly recommend is Paronella Park at Mena Creek near Innisfail. One thing though – go in the cooler months after plenty of rain so the falls are running. We visited here over 20 years ago and it has been well looked after and has a wonderful history of its owner Jose who built it from scratch. With your entry fee you get a powered site for the night in their small van park next door – they run a night tour as well as tours throughout the day.
At present we are in Ayr again as we had to base ourselves so we could order some more batteries as our’s started to die whilst we were free camping – 4 more are now installed and we are ready to move again. But we have to contend with some flooding that has hit the east coast this past week. We were confined to our van for 4 days straight due to non-stop rain and wind and now the south is getting their share. Lets hope it’s not as bad as 2011 floods in Brisbane.
Will post again soon – new photographs on their way……
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.
Just thought I’d upload a couple of pics of the canopy we just had made. We are extremely happy with it and it has passed the ‘rough Queensland roads’ test on the way from Brisbane to Ayr. We came up the inland roads to cut down the traffic – but instead we contended with bad weather, some roadworks and road trains – but it’s still our preferred route than the coast road.
We are now here till the end of the cane season whilst ‘B’ is cane hauling again. Looking forward to some spectacular cane fires again this year – will post them on my Gallery-Fires page for anyone interested during the next few months.
Don’t forget if you happen to be heading to North Queensland this year stop in and check out Ayr – it’s not just for the cane workers, it is a lovely town for tourists to spend some time – fishing in the creeks and estuaries or enjoying the sites of the fires at night.
Hey there! Since arriving back in Brisbane after our Western Qld short jaunt we have put our travels on hold for a month or so as we 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?! 🙂
After that we are back to Ayr in North Queensland for the Cane Season. So if you are passing through Ayr on either the first or third Sunday of the month when the Plantation Park Markets are on, drop in and see me, mention my blog and I might be able to find you a photo memento 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.
Just a quick note to advise I will be at Plantation Park Markets the next two Sundays – 4th & 11th December 2011.
Market times are 7am till 12pm. Lets hope the rain stays away for that day!
Hope to see you there (if you’re a local or passing thru) 🙂