Leaving Hervey Bay,
we continued our way back up the coast towards Bundaberg
which is famous for
it's rum. Another sight which is usual from here all the way up
to Cairns are the sugar
We left the usual tourist
way heading inland to Carnarvon National Park. As lodging
is rather restricted
here, actually there is a campground and a lodge, you better plan
in advance. The last
part of the road is (or used to be) unsealed, and some times
our small car wasn't
at it's best...
There are beautiful
walking tracks through Carnarvon Gorge which is famous
as well for its ancient
Aboriginal paintings. As about everywhere in Australia, be prepared
to carry enough drinking
After leaving this beautiful
area, the next stop was the Gem Field region with town names
like Emerald, Rubyvale
or Sapphire. This once again is not located on the main tourist
way, but is definitely
worth a visit. An underground mine visit is a must while here.
Leaving the Gem Fields
area towards the coast was once again a challenge for our car...
We got back to the coast
at Mackay and continued our way up to Airlie Beach.
This town as well as
Shute Harbour are the gateways to the Whitsundays, an excellent
opportunity for a relaxing
holiday on one of the many tropical islands.
For many people, it's
as well a starting point towards the Great Barrier Reef although
still about 25 miles
away from the nearest reef platforms.
Back on the road again
after a short recover, we headed towards Townsville passing
large sugar plantations.
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