The Road Ahead : August 1st 2012
TRAVEL THE DAY TRIP WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD AUG/SEP 2012 34 DAY TRIPPER, YEAH They're what childhood memories are made from -- the good old Sunday drive with the family to that special spot that's close to home but far enough away to feel like an adventure. Whether it was squashed sandwiches from a picnic basket or fish and chips on the beach, it was day trips like these that helped remind us what life is all about. The times may have changed but the sentiment is the sa we've put together a few ideas of where to venture for your next big day out. SPOILED FOR CHOICE UP NORTH North Queenslanders are spoiled for choice when it comes to day trips. Just 30 minutes' drive north of Cairns is the cultural hub of Kuranda, renowned for its colourful markets and picturesque rainforest. To the west is Atherton, with beautiful lakes, waterfalls, rich red soil an tropical rainforest. Pack a picnic basket and experience natural wonders such as the Curtain Fig Tree, Millaa Millaa Falls and amazing crater lakes. Further south, about an hour and half drive north of Ingham, is Mission Beach. Whether you hire a dinghy and take a picnic to a nearby deserted island, or venture on the Misty Mountains Trail, a day out at Mission Beach will b day to remember West of Ingham is W ll AS PART OF the RACQ's campaign to help turbo-charge state's drive tourism industry, The Road Ahead will publis series of features aimed at inspiring more Queenslande get out and explore our great state by car. In the first of Bring Back the Road Trip features, we throw the picnic bas rug and cricket set in the boot and set out for some of o favourite day trip destinations. reviving the sunday drive STORY DEB ECCLESTON remember... I grew up in the heart of sugar cane country in Ingham, which I fondly recall as the "Ham." Growing up, we did Sunday drives to the sleepy little unspoiled town of Lucinda. My family would go for a picnic in the local park right on the beach front, looking out to Hinchinbrook Island and the Lucinda bulk sugar terminal. Many of Mum and Dad's friends also joined us for a picnic with their broods in tow. We would take walks on the beach and out to the small jetty that is quite a popular fishing spot. The park was such a lovely spot to play and enjoy the hot north Queensland summers under the trees. Bonita Forsyth -- Graphic Designer I remember... My dad loved a good Sunday drive and, living in Townsville, he had no shortage of wonderful drives to choose from. Unfortunately for him though, I suffered motion sickness so any drive longer than 30 minutes would invariably end with me throwing up in dad's trusty driving hat. A compromise was found in the form of beautiful Balgal Beach, which was where we spent many a Sunday afternoon throughout the 980s. Mum and Dad would treat us to fish and chips for nch, followed by ice creams before the drive home in our good XY Falcon. Good times Deb Eccleston - Journalist Australia's highest, sheer-drop waterfall, while north-west is Lucinda. Famous for a six- kilometre jetty stretching out into the Coral Sea, Lucinda is perfect for keen anglers and, when the conditions are right is the perfect vantage spot from which to see dugong and sea turtles at play. When it comes to perfect destinations for a leisurely Sunday drive, they don't come any better than Balgal Beach. It's a though time has stood still at the popula beachside community, with its sandy beaches, picnic and barbecue facilities, and quaint cafe. Just west of Balgal Beach is Paluma National Park, where lush rainforest, clear mountain creeks, rock pool and thundering waterfalls provide an idyllic backdrop for a family picnic. All this is just a 45-minute drive north of Townsville. An hour's drive west of the Townsville is Charters Towers, a city built on gold. Charters Towers flourished during the 1800s gold rush, and is steeped in history.
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