Bowen can be one of those places people just drive by when heading to the Whitsunday’s. Bowen is most famous for being the birthplace of the Kensington Pride Mango, aka the Bowen Mango. The big Mango sits a few kms out of town on the main hwy. Bowen has wide streets, friendly atmosphere, great local … Continue reading Bowen


We woke to a lot of smoke around the place which was still around in Townsville as well as some dust haze. It was hard to see anything much in the distance. We are staying at Secura Lifestyle The Lakes Townsville. Each site has an ensuite, the sites vary in size, ours was a pretty … Continue reading Townsville

Heading South

Alas our time in paradise had to come to an end. With only 2 weeks left we had to keep moving south. We called into Tully to look at the Giant Golden Gumboot a monument to the record breaking rains of 1950, when 7.9m of rainfall made it the wettest town in Australia. There are … Continue reading Heading South

Mission Beach

Last time we stayed in this neck of the woods our eldest son was 14 months old, 30 years ago. It left a lasting impression and wonderful memories we often look back on. With so many other places to explore and visit it’s taken us this long to get back here. You know it’s like … Continue reading Mission Beach

Paronella Park

Paronella Park is again one of those places that has been on our to do list for years. And wow was it worth the wait. This really is a must do if you are in the area. Jose Paronella’s dream was to build a castle. He chose a special part of Australia and created Paronella Park. … Continue reading Paronella Park

Babinda Boulders

Father’s Day. After a leisurely morning we drove the 7km out to Babinda Boulders. There is a small camping area there but dogs are not allowed nor are they allowed at the day area so Jess was left to play guard dog with the caravan. The Boulders area is named for a series of huge … Continue reading Babinda Boulders


Once we left Archer Creek we popped into Milla Milla falls as it’s only a short detour off the main hwy, before continuing on to Innisfail to do some much needed grocery shopping. Wind Turbines on Windy Hill Wind Farm at Ravenshoe. Our completed route so far. Red line shows where we have been. Then … Continue reading Babinda

Cobbold Gorge Tours

The Cobbold Gorge area has been on our bucket list for a long time. We knew we would not be back in this area for a very long time so wanted to make the most of it. The boat tour down the gorge was a given but Chris talked me into the SUP’S, Stand up … Continue reading Cobbold Gorge Tours

Cobbold Gorge

The road from Forsayth to Cobbold Gorge Village is a wide gravel road that is well maintained. There are several dips that are a bit rough that you really need to slow down for. There are call points along the way where you need to state where you are so oncoming traffic particular the trucks … Continue reading Cobbold Gorge


Our night time spot was very quiet and private and not dusty. We headed off again along the Savannah Way. Stopping at Cumberland Chimney it has a lovely lake with amazing birdlife. Only the chimney from the Cumberland Battery and the man-made lagoon remain from this once thriving mining town. Cumberland was born when gold … Continue reading Forsayth