Townsville Travel Blog› entry 11 of 19 › view all entries
December 7th, 2006 – by: sissanoel
The main danger of the development roads (apart from animals) is the road train.
We stopped at Charters Towers for lunch, an old gold mining town, once again with some glorious old buildings to wander past. We were hoping to see the Venus Battery which is now open for tours, but found that it doesn't open over summer because of the heat. We are now in a part of the country that lives with excessive heat continually - don't think we could do it full time.
Our Townsville sojourn was basically to catch up with our friends that we haven't seen for a long time so did not do a lot of sight-seeing. We had a great afternoon with Nay and Pete down at the Waterfront, sitting in a pub,drinking and eating - very civilized. Unfortunately, just before we arrived there had been a helicopter crash near Fiji involving the Australian army, the soldiers involved being based at Townsville. We were in town on the morning of the pilot's funeral and we saw the Blackhawk chopper fly-over for the funeral. They sat around Magnetic Island for quite a while and then flew across the city in memory of those who died. It was an incredible sight, but a very sad occasion to be seeing them.
Townsville at this time of year is normally quite humid, but luckily it hadn't really set in, so much more comfortable then when we were there 7 years ago. The town has really developed too, and seems a pretty good place to live.
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