Townsville, always warm and humid but always pretty and welcoming. We arrived here on Thursday afternoon, April 7th to a warm welcome from Murray’s older brother, John and his wife, Maree. Staying three nights we were able to catch up with everyone in the family who lives there. It also allowed us to live out of the trailer for a few nights, get the washing up to date and take a look around a place we often fly into but rarely explore.
Night one was spent with Melissa’s (niece to Murray) children and John and Maree. I cooked dinner which was a challenge to the children as it was something they hadn’t had before. They did well. Yoga was also a challenge with Lachlan becoming quite keen about it.
Friday saw us just hang at the house getting the washing done. We, of course had happy hour, John’s son Michael turned up from Ingham. Dinner was with all John’s family and a wonderful night full of laughter and fun was had by us all.
Saturday after a swim and breakfast we set out with John for a tour of sights in Townsville. First was Castle Hill. A steep drive to the top and beautiful views followed out to magnetic island and three sixty degree panorama of the city. While Murray and John explored another section of the hill I struck up a friendship with a local iguana, who wasn’t impressed by me encroaching on his territory.
From here we drove to Jezzine Barracks to take a closer look. This is a 15 hectare heritage precinct. It commemorates the military and aboriginal heritage of Kissing Point. It was established in 1870 and was in continuous military use from 1885 to 2006. These barracks are now a museum open to the public. After all this exploring lunch was definitely on the agenda which we had down at the Strand in the cool of a lovely restaurant/bar, The Watermark. (Sorry no photos were taken, we must have been too busy eating and enjoying the view.)
We spent Saturday evening with Nerida (Murray’s older sister), Garth and their family having a barbecue and once again enjoying stories and laughter.
What a lovely few days we had with Murray’s Family in the home of the North Queensland Cowboys. Sunday we planned to move on to Cardwell but once again our plans changed. Stay tuned for this one, it’s a nail bighter.