We packed up and left Mackay this morning, bidding farewell to the showgrounds and our little flower friend that we found hidden away near our camp.
I love getting to places, but I also love leaving. When we are back on the road, it’s exciting to find out what the next place will be like…it’s all an adventure! On the way out of town, we made a last minute decision to stop at an auto store to pick up a few things.
It was obviously meant to be, as we stumbled across this giant chair that we got to sit on.
It was like being a kid again, when you sit on a chair and your feet can’t reach the ground.
Next stop, Airlee Beach.
First thing we spotted on the way into town was a skate park, so Bear had to get out and have a roll.
Next we found a nursery with this dude out the front, which of course meant more stopping for photo ops.
Airlee Beach itself was a little overrated. The town bit was quite commercial, and the ‘beach’ or bay beach was not even that nice. Perhaps especially because the tide was out, which always kind of makes the front part of the bay look like a wasteland.
We made salad and sat on the grass by the water anyway and enjoyed our lunch.
Then, onto Bowen. Bowen is about 200km north of Mackay, so we didn’t do a HUGE amount of travel, but we like breaking it into smaller doses, especially when it’s hot.
Bowen is a fruit and veggie growing region, and is also home to the Big Mango. We had to stop there, obviously.
While there, we sampled some of the local delicacy in the form of some mango ‘sorbet’ (pure frozen mango).
Truth be told, I’m not the biggest mango fan, but this was pretty yum. Also, you can’t go wrong with frozen treats when the weather is warm.
I made a yummy risotto for dinner tonight using some of the farmer’s market produce from the other day…I’ll share it with you tomorrow. We are now about 45km north of Bowen, and we’ll be heading not far up the road to Ayr tomorrow (and possibly onto Townsville). These bears are on the move!