Day 075, Friday, 12 June 2009

Distance travelled – 80.4 km
Avg speed – 22.3 kph
Max speed – 43.3 kph

Tully – Babinda

Djarawong has been open for less than a year but based upon our single night stay we are happy to recommend it. Hosts Cherelle and Roger are very welcoming. If we had more time we would have stayed another night as we found the place very relaxing.

The road from Tully to Innisfail is not the best, being narrower than what we have experienced on the Bruce Highway to date, but we made good progress, as the surface was relatively fast. We arrived in Innisfail about midday and had lunch on the ‘esplanade’ at the junction of the South and North Johnstone Rivers.

Before leaving Innisfail we called in at the local bike shop hoping to find some Rock-n-Roll chain lube but had no success. We had a long chat with the owner (we think) and were even offered a coffee. Unfortunately we had just had one just down the road. We left Innisfail about 2.00pm.

The next 20km of Bruce Highway out of Innisfail has to be the worst section of road we have travelled on to date. It is potentially a very dangerous road for cyclists being very rough and narrow with limited to no shoulders. The speed limit has farcically been reduced from 100 to 90 kph, as the road is a high crash zone. I fail to see how 10kph can make any difference. Cars still overtake each other when it is unsafe.

We arrived at the Babinda rest area about 3.30pm. After helping to put up the tent fly Denise headed of to the shops to look for dinner whilst I finished setting up camp.

Zoom into the map and use the 'Satellite' layer to see our new location.


Bikes outside our room at Djarawong B&B

View from the side porch at Djarawong B&B

Ready to leave Djarawong B&B

Lunch at Innisfail next to the Johnstone River

On the road to Babinda. The threatening rain did not eventuate.

South of Babinda

South of Babinda

Camping on the correct side of the sign at Babinda Rotary Park.


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