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Welcome to David Eynon's Travel Page. Here is where I will be keeping a record of my travels for all of you to read. Please feel free to leave a comment for me. If I have time in between discovering new places and meeting new people I will reply to them!

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Wednesday, 06 August 2014

Location: Mackay, Australia

Time to pack up and head off home.

Mackay will be remembered as a windy place and not much else to recommend it. There were two place we found that are of some interest. The marina area adjacent to our hotel. We did not eat there but there were several restaurants that on the surface looked interesting. The other being the Eimo hotel - it would be a pity to come to Mackay and not visit it. The view is magnificent and on a warm and balmy night it would be enjoyable.

Monday, 04 August 2014

Location: Mackay, Australia


This is all new country to us and that is why we decided to take the trip. So far it has lived up to expectations. Each stage from Port Douglas to Mackay was designed to be around 4-5 hours each day. There are some marked differences in the terrain. From Innisfail to Airlie Breach it is clearly sugarcane territory. However it goes from tropical around Cairns to dry around Innisfail back to reasonably moist around Mackay.

The road is quite flat for all of the trip. There are however a range of hills/mountains to the right almost all of the distance.

Along the way we made 2 deviations. First to Mission Beach and the second to Airlie Beach. The latter was somewhat of a surprise. The town was much larger than expected. A cosmopolitan shopping and eating area with steep hills rising from the Whitsundays full of apartments that would have magnificent views of the water.

Sunday, 03 August 2014

Location: Townsville, Australia

Grey overcast skies and the occasional shower of rain was the order of the day for the drive form Port Douglas to Townsville. All up, including some brief stops the total time take was about 6 hours.

Stops were made in Mission Beach and then Ingham. In both cases they were short. Mission Beach has changed a little since we were last there which is approximately 4 years ago.. Since our time there a cyclone went through and effectively destroyed many of the buildings. The small shopping area which includes some eateries looks like they would be a good place to enjoy a lunch.

The only town that is actually on the water is Cardwell which is the launching point for Minchenbrook Island. Cardwell is an attractive well kept town.

Cane fields dominate the landscape from Innisfaill to Townsville. Many of the rail carriages were fully loaded and I expect in the next few days they will be taken to the refinery.

The further south we travelled the landscape clearly changed. Near Townsville the undergrowth is dry and the trees do not grow as tall and green as they are in Cairns and beyond.

On arrival I am surprised at how big Townsville is. Accommodation tonight is the Quest on Palmer St in Townsville

Saturday, 02 August 2014

Location: Port Douglas, Australia

After 6 days at one of our favourite locations, the Peninsula Hotel its time to pack up and move on. But before that a farewell dinner is needed. Another favourite was chosen and that was Harrison's. The ambience is really good and near Nautilus standard but not quite there. The meal and the service were good but we did not think right up the standard they have set in the past. Nevertheless still a good way to finish up in Port Douglas

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Location: Port Douglas, Australia

Well here we are again in the great getaway from Melbourne. Weather not perfect but the air is warm.

First night dinner at the Tin Shed. Tonight dinner in the balcony at the Peninsula Hotel.

Must head off now for pre-dinner drinks

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is cold and often bleak at this time of the year and so therefore why not head off to Port Douglas and other parts of FNQ.


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From Stephanie Eynon
Hope you have a super time in Port Douglad
Response: you cannot spell douglas