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In the morning it was off to Airlie Beach via the Gregory Highway then across to Mackay via Moranbah and Nebo.
Not far north of Emerald is a nice little town,Capella.


A nice walk alongside the railway and you end up at the Light Horse Memorial.
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The highway bypasses Clermont and we decided to give it a miss so we could have lunch in Mackay.Thought there would be a lot more choice.As soon as you turn off to Moranbah you pass the first coal mine.Already being rehabilitated in parts.
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The road was generally straight and not much traffic.
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Getting closer to Moranbah there were a few roadworks.A few were government jobs no one was working as a Sunday.There was a fairly long section being built by a mining company to have a large turn off for a new mine.There was a full work force and the standard of the works looked a lot better.
Then more coal mines.
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There were close to 50 mines we passed or on roads leaving the Moranbah road.I don't see any QLD Government giving up what must be a huge revenue stream.
 

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In the morning it was off to Airlie Beach via the Gregory Highway then across to Mackay via Moranbah and Nebo.
Not far north of Emerald is a nice little town,Capella.


A nice walk alongside the railway and you end up at the Light Horse Memorial.
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The Light Horse Memorial is really well done. Capella is 35kms West of my home town.
 

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We easily made Mackay for lunch and picked the Ban-Na Thai restaurant.Good vibes when we entered as only 1 other Caucasian couple and all the other guests were Thai or had a Thai partner.We had a Pad Thai and a quail dish with coconut rice.It was very good and we would recommend it.
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For our night in Airlie beach we stayed at the Mantra Airlie Beach.Nice unit but a few problems.No wifi and it looked like that had been a problem for a while.Restaurant closed.And noisy neighbours well into the night.
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For lunch we always at at the pool.Simple but nice and really good staff.All International-Spain,Germany and the US.

Club sandwich and sweet potato fries.
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Fish tacos were really good.
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Calamari and a burger.
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That night we ate in the Italian restaurant.The food was OK but nothing special.Mrsdrron had the mushroom risotto and I the pasta with veal ragout.
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Then desserts.A citrus slice and a chocolate canneloni.
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We had some visitors.
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So the first day was a little overcast and cool so I didn't feel like taking advantage of the pool outside our door. DSC06536.JPG .
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We then walked towards the Hayman Residences.Walked past what I assume is the older part of the resort. DSC06540.JPG .
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And around the other pool.
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As one of the resort cruisers headed for Hamilton Island.
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A butterfly stayed still for longer than usual.
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A rather large scrabble board in the lounge.
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Noisy coughatoos and large trees.
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A little island presumably for wedding photos.
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The entrance to our wing.
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The naval vessel came back.In fact it came and went several times over a few hours.Initially it was heading to where we again saw whales breaching.Maybe it was a naval whale watching cruise.
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