Charters Towers and beyond
24.10.2011 32 °C
A long walk this morning to pick up the hire car. When it was booked I thought the office was in town. About 90 minutes later at a fast walk we reached the office. Middle of the day and 30 degrees was a challenge. Had a late breakfast in town after a much needed sleep in. A concert at the Jupiters Casino by an american rapper was to say the least interesting. Jupiters management really need to decide whether they want to be involved in accommodation or entertainment because they aren't catering to both.
Drive out to Charters Towers took about 90 minutes. The road was good and is well used by large road trains. These usually have 3 or 4 trailers and cruise along at 100km p/h. Back road to Ayr which took us slightly longer. Saw massive black snake on the side of the road, emu's and a turtle. Mandy missed the lot.
Very little to see or do in both towns but certainly a contrasting scenery. I'd never seen water west of Townsville and this is obviously a left over from last years high rainfall.
Had a brilliant dinner in Palmer Street South Townsville at a restaurant called The Salt. We had crocodile spring rolls, moreton bay bugs and barramundi. Oh 3 coronas too.
Stopped for a few drinks (note kids we walked......) at the FNQ brewery on the way back to the casino. This place was spectacularly fitted out and very comfortable. The local light beer was quite good.