Queens Birthday long weekend
10.06.2011 - 10.06.2011 23 °C
10/6/11 Kinchant Waters Resort to Kinka Beach
Up before the 6.00am alarm for our first coffee. Next door's van had trouble starting but they were off about the same time as our first coffee. Probably off fishing.
A couple of Kookaburra serenade it getting lighter on the lake. More and more birds calls. There's a crow in the tree behind the van and then suddenly there were more calling in turns. Mr Hitchcock would be proud. Sounds like there in the van.
No real sounds of human activity yet at 6.30am.
We started packing up at 7am and we pulled out at 8.10am. It was a light intermittent sprinkle, not enough to get wet. We stopped at the boat ramp 100m on and let the boys out for a pee. Just out of the little town we stopped again at a dam on the side of the road an Jimmi cut a stalk of cane with a machete, cutting small sections which he cut off the outside with a smaller knife. Chew and suck out the cane juice. YUMMY! Sweet and juicy. Kept a piece for later.
On the road again at 8.45am. The clouds are a soft grey blanket lending to cool weather, so long sleeves, long pants and a jacket to combat the cool breeze created by driving with the windows down. Dogs happy, muddy feet and all for the stretch into Mackay and then the coast road, Bruce Highway down to Rockhampton then the turnoff to Yeppoon and Kinka Beach. Julieanne from Coolwaters called us this morning and said they had a spot for us - YAY. Same location as before but no private ensuite, we'll have to share- big deal.
Saw some cane harvesting yesterday so it looks like when the cane flowers it's time to harvest. Sugar mill In production. (pics) pictures taken just out of Walkerstone.
Turn right at the first intersection at the Welcome to Mackay (on your right at the BP). Lots of roadworks in progress. Industrial area development.
Nothing beats the wide load truck with the two lane wide house (pic).
Stopped at the Caltex servo just before Ilbilbie and just after Greenhill, at the Restaurant for steak sandwiches and made espresso coffee.
Off again at 10.45am.
Missed the turnoff for our rest stop, so the next one was at Marlborough, off the main road. It was a park with toilets, play area and covered benches. A Jack Russell appeared out from under a fence and when the dogs caught up with it I got Levi off it with the new remote collar and no damage to the Jack Russell but Levi had cuts to his mouth and nose. Blood smears all over the back of my new pants. Oh well, it'll wash off and Levi OK.
A couple in their 30s turned up with a 1997 defender and a camper trailer - sturdy regular trailer with tent on top, and a large dog - Buddy.
They came over for a look at our new Defender and the back seat modifications for the boys. We talked trucks and campsites, caravan parks and dog spots. They asked the name of our truck - name? We haven't named it! They had an insulated container on the hood of the car for fuel. They use vegetable oil. Not bio fuel or bio diesel. Add magnesium, sulfur and an other additive for water extraction which they can do on the road and carry 3 extra drums to top up. Just down to the fish and chip shop. Said a couple of people have done it to Defenders in the UK.
so back on the road at 2.15pm, we decided on "Ellie" for the main character in "Tomorrow When The War Began" and how she got to borrow her Dad's Landy (Land Rover) for their trip with her friends to "Hell".
Stopped at truck rest area at 2.55pm after a phone call catch up with Jim's Mom. Already on the road and heading to McKay for tonight. Just into Bowen.
Got into Rockhampton about 3.30pm and stopped at the shopping centre to pick up supplies then turned onto Emu Park Road to Yeppoon.
Missed the turnoff (Tampa Road) so had to go into Emu Park, another seaside village with van park and house/villa accommodation and turned off onto the Scenic Route (10) for Kinka Beach and finally to Coolwaters at 4.30pm.
We got site Tree Tops 15 which is in the same area as before but this one backs onto the bush. Not a flat site and is mostly sand. Set up took a bit longer coz we wanted to be level and I decided that since we're here for 3 nights that I would set up more than the last two.
As a result we sat down for coffee at 6.30pm.
Jimmi thought to set up the TV on the Apple Mac to see what's happening in the rest of the World before dinner.