What a great way to spend the ‘winter’ – up north with travelling friends and playing lots of golf. It is always good to be back home – this time for just 6 weeks then it is off on a relatively short trip south into New South Wales for two of our favourite golf weeks at Kew and Young. Back in early December.
Even though we never left our home state of Queensland, we still managed to clock up :
Days Away : 122
Car distance traveled : 8,500 kms
Caravan distance traveled : 5,972 kms
Off to Bargara for our final golf competition – The Wide Bay Spring Carnival with rounds at Bargara, Coral Cove, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough. We are able to free camp at both Hervey Bay and Maryborough which helps reduce the costs of staying at caravan parks. More and more golf courses are now encouraging us ‘grey nomads’ to park at their premises as it encourages us to spend money there – a win-win for all.
Again the golf was ordinary – we are both looking forward to heading home.
We head to Rockhampton for the Tropic of Capricorn Golf Carnival. This consists of 9 separate rounds of golf at Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Emu Park, North Rockhampton and the Capricorn Resort. No winning performances to report.
During this carnival we base ourselves at Yeppoon for a week and manage to fit in a spot of fishing.
Sorry about the three separate maps but Google Maps has a limit to the number of destinations that can be shown on one map. If anyone has a solution please get in touch.
With a couple of days to travel from Mackay to Rockhampton, we free camp for a night at Flaggy Rock and then for two more nights of r and r (and some fishing) at St Lawrence. It is quite good to have a rest from all the golf.
Mackay is the second stop for the major 4 day Wintersun golf competition. The two rounds here are added to the two at Proserpine for the overall champion.
Siobhan had an excellent result finishing 2nd overall in the Ladies Division 1. Bob faded after his two good rounds at Proserpine and could only manage a two round runner up at Proserpine.
There were two additional one day comps at Pioneer Valley and Sarina. Siobhan was runner up at Pioneer Valley and Bob managed a 3rd place at Sarina.
Proserpine is the first of 2 towns (Mackay is the other)that together form the major ‘Wintersun’ golf tournament which comprises 2 rounds at Proserpine and 2 further rounds at Mackay. After the first 2 rounds at Proserpine, Siobhan is leading the ladies Div 1 and Bob is leading the Mens B Grade. (See the excerpt from the Wintersun web page below.)
Whilst at Proserpine we take a day trip to Airlie Beach and Hydeaway Bay.
After a one night stay at the Home Hill golf course and a social game of golf there, we head the 12 Kms down the road to one of our most favourite places to visit – Groper Creek. This is probably our seventh visit here and we spend the time relaxing for 4 days before the next golf commitments. We catch prawns, fish and catch up with old friends who we see there every time we visit.
Balgal Beach is 59 Kms (37 mi) north of Townsville and 64 Kms (40 mi) south of Ingham. We stay for 2 nights at a fabulous free camp right on the beach. A reasonably successful afternoon’s fishing resulted in 3 tailor. Unfortunately, nobody told me they had to be bled as soon as they are caught – if not, they taste awful as we found out.
More golf – 3 rounds at Ingham Golf Club. We camp at the golf club itself with about 6 or so other caravans. Our golf wasn’t super successful but we did manage a couple of bottles of wine a 3 golf balls for small daily prizes.
Ingham has a couple of interesting tourist attractions. The Mercer Lane Mosaics, where the history of the sugar cane industry is celebrated with art. The community came together to create a 42 metre tiled mural as a tribute to the local cane cutter industry.
The second attraction is the Tyto Wetlands where there are many walks around lakes to view varied birds and marine life.