04.11.2007 - 07.11.2007 30 °C
We decided to stay in Mackay for 3 days just to slow the pace down a bit, as the constant packing and unpacking gets a bit tiresome after a while. We stayed in a Caravan Park in North Mackay which was close to shops and the city itself. The park was teeming with all sorts of birds, but ducks were the prominent ones and lorikeets joined them for a daily feeding just after 4.30 in the afternoon.
We also drove south of Mackay to a town called Sabina where there is a museum and replica Sugar Mill which we thought would be good to look at seeing we’ve been in sugar cane growing country since we started heading south from Cairns. Unfortunately we were 10 minutes late for the tour and as the next one didn’t start for another hour and a half, so we decided to cut our losses and head back to Mackay. We had a look at some of the beaches and ended up at a pub on the top of a hill overlooking the the ocean and some of the numerous islands which form part of the Whitsundays.
On the last day of our stay, the clouds that had been threatening some rain finally came good and gave us a good soaking. It’s obvious by the surrounding countryside that water is not a problem, and with the wet season upon us it’s time to get the brollys out. Unfortunately we had so much rain overnight, that the roof of the annexe collapsed under the weight of the water on it and soaked Danii as she was asleep. In fact the whole annexe was soaked, but we had a few hours of sunlight before we left and we able to get most of our gear dried out. However, there were some items which we couldn’t get dry in time, and we had to leave it in a damp smelly heap in the boot of the car with the hope that we can get it dried out at our next stop, Rockhampton.