Thursday 21th February 2013
Townsville is the largest city in northern Queensland. Much of its colonial elegance is still in evidence particularly along the main riverside thoroughfare. The city was founded by Robert Towns when he sailed up Ross Creek in 1860.
Along the Strand, a boulevard on Cleveland Bay, stretch wide lawns and tropical gardens where you can hear the noisy chatter of mynah birds perched in the fig trees. Townsville also has the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium.
Server down so no internet this morning – just as well we are going ashore for a walkabout…in the 85f heat!! But where are all the people? – it’s just like a ghost town. We spoke to a shop keeper who told us that most people don’t get up until at least 10am so we headed to the beach for a paddle taking care to look out for stingers (jellyfish). We then walked back past the marine to the ferry terminal to catch the ferry to take us back to the ship.
After a quick change it was into the pool to cool off from the high temperatures then a very late Corona and lunch at The Patio Grill.
We spent the afternoon at the pool but no siesta today as the noise from the pile drivers – they are building a new passenger cruise terminal – made it impossible to rest. I pity the poor staff that had the get some sleep this afternoon ready for their nightshift.
This evening we dined al fresco at The Patio Grill and once again tried the garlic & herb roasted suckling pig…unfortunately it was as bad as the first time and Valentina was so upset that we couldn’t eat it… we suggested that it should be removed from the menu until they can sort out the quality of the pork…in our humble opinion!! Luckily there is always so much choice of excellent food available that no one ever goes hungry.
After that it was early to bed ready for Cairns tomorrow…zzzzz
Techie bits: On the 21st of February 7:15am we were:
19° south and 146° east
Travelling on a compass course 195°
Speed = 5 knots
Wind speed = 8 knots from south east
Air temperature = 26°c (79°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 12502
Depth = 9 metres
Sunrise = 6:07am Sunset = 6:44pm