After a “short” stop in Townsville I finally arrived in Cairns. 23 weeks ago it was raining here which made my sister decide to take off to Darwin and me to make a stop in Townsville. What was meant to be a pit stop to let the rain in Cairns pass by, turned out to be my longest stop in Australia.
And there had been reasons:
- The 8 week fitness challenge
Wouldn’t I have had stopped in Townsville and checked in at Rambutan, and wouldn’t they have had the 8 week fitness challenge promotion hanging (It is still hanging in the laundry), and wouldn’t the fitness challenge hadn’t had started within the next days, I would probably have moved on to Cairns. I was already in touch with some guys to work for accommodation up in Palm Cove where my sister spent the last winter. So I almost had a plan but thanks to whoever put up the promotion, I stayed (you can take it down now…it’s ok).
- The Strand
On my first day in Townsville I was walking down the Strand and found a pull up bar, heaps of playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment already after five minutes. Jackput since I needed to improvise in Sydney, Newcastle and Byron Bay or put in a 20 – 30 minutes jog to get there. Two days later and after I decided to stay they closed all of that for 2 months for maintenance work but it is the thought that counts and in the end I stuck around long enough to even see the reopening of the water park (I wasn’t allowed to go there though 🙁 Someone said it would be for kids and me being my mum’s kid doesn’t count – still pretty mean).
On my second or third day in Townsville I joined the Townville Parkour training. It was a little bit intimidating since one of the guys was warming up with doing flips but since that wasn’t a requirement to join, I trained with them usually twice a week and helped setting up the webpage: townsvilleparkour.com in the end.
- Castle Hill
With a height of some 286 metres above sea level, many different routes to the top and a stunning view over to Magnetic Island and Townsville in general it is not just a tourist site but also a regular workout route for the locals. I haven’t counted how often I went up there but the best way to do it is on the (how I call it) parkour track. Some people (;)) say it is not really a workout since it is a “short cut” over the rocks but if you do it fast enough you definitely are sweaty at the top.
- The perfect winter
I heard heaps of people saying that the Townsville winter is the best in Australia. And it is indeed pretty awesome. Between 23 and 27 degrees, barely any rain, usually sunny. So perfect weather to be outside without melting or being washed away. The lowest the temperature dropped was 12 and that was only for one day and a few mornings. So as far as I concern the Townsville “winter” is seriously better than the German summer (where the temperature dropped to 5 degrees in August!!).
- Maggie Island
A little vacation from vacation and just a short ferry or jet ski ride away is Magnetic Island. Koalas and Wallabys in free nature (no one needs to pay to go to the sanctuary) and some walking tracks for those who are into hiking (will be rewarded with awesome sunsets).
- The “people” 🙂
One advantage of slow travelling is that you are actually getting to know people. One disadvantage is that you ARE getting to know them. Cause leaving them after more than five months is more than hard. Cause you never know if you will see them again. But I usually believe that we don’t meet people just by accident but that they are meant to cross our path for a reason. There is a story comparing life to a train ride (called the life train). When we first enter the train we meet people and we think they will accompany us for the rest of our lives. But most of them won’t. And that’s ok. Cause other people join us and then they or we get off the train and may or may not step on later again. And everyone of them had an influence on our life. And we had one on theirs. They might have taught us something, they may have hurt, loved or annoyed us or made us laugh or cry. But they definitely have been there for a reason. And that helps. Especially when you have to leave them and
hope wait that they will cross your path again…