The Caves to Airlie Beach
Get thee away from Rockhampton and quick smart. Even the trucks were swerving around the craters in the A1. The repairs really were substandard, the rocks were way too big, weren’t rolled down into the base, hence the bike was slipping around even at 80km/h and the trucks were flicking the road rubble up at us. Arrggghhhhh! Luckily the further north we went the quicker the roads improved and so did the speed limit. Yay, back up to 110km/h This part of the journey was pretty boring really. There are some highlights, like the little town of Clearview. The A1 and the ocean are about 10m apart around this section of the Queensland coast. Stopped at Flaggy Rock Exotic Fruit Garden for a home cooked sausage roll and coffee, thumbs up.
Mackay, wow: and I thought there was some money in Emerald. Uh ah. More motorcycles than I could poke a stick at and shiny new ones too. New housing estates and not your run of the mill HSV’s. Oh no, Corvettes, Audis, BMW’s, Nippon turbo-magics everywhere.
Airlie Beach is a huge backpackers mecca and really not the best place to stay. The local shop keepers looked jaded and served up fairly ordinary food, at exorbitant prices of course.
The Airlie Cove Van Park has a no refund policy, empty your own trash policy, do your own dishes policy, fun stops at 10pm policy, etc etc etc. And the parking is very motorcycle unfriendly.