Next morning we went for a walk into town.
We didn't want to be seen by Chris, so we thought we would leave the town and get a ferry to Magnetic Island.
Bob rang us with the startling news that Chris was taking her son to visit the island today. This was going to be tricky! Luckily she had gone early and was due back at 2:00 pm. Our tour started at 1:15 from the ferry terminal. We had just got onto our bus when another arrived and we saw Chris and son alight and head for the ferry home. That was close!
Then we returned to our hotel where we met another couple of friends, Ben and Lyn, who happened to be on holiday here too. We all had dinner together, a delicious seafood buffet.
Birthday Bear was clamouring to get out of her bag and check out the hotel before going to lunch.Here she is in casual holiday attire, bikini and sarong. Accessories included a bead bag with sun screen and insect repellent, bucket and spade, and a booklet with photos and stories of all the lunches, which Chris had missed. Ann dressed bear and she was very suitably attired for Townsville.
She checked out the pool area and had a sun bake.
...and chatted with friends, Diane, Ann and Helen. She contemplated having a swim...... ....but decided on a workout in the gym. She needed a nap before the long walk to the restaurant.
We walked 2.5 kms along the beautiful Strand Park. The tropical views are magic. There is no surf because the Great Barrier Reef stops the waves. Sadly you cannot swim in the sea at this time of the year as there are dangerous marine stingers.
Here she comes with Bob.
Then we all settled down for our birthday lunch with bear at the head of the table.
The fish and salad was delicious.
Then the girls walked and talked. We had coffee before returning to the hotel where we sat by the pool and chattered some more.
We watched the sun go down. It was a beautiful sunset to end an exciting day.
Bob and Chris hired an 8 seat wagon for the next morning and took us sightseeing around Townsville before we flew back to Brisbane.
Bye, bye Townsville, bye bye Chris and Bob. Bear wasn't allowed to stay, she had to come home with us ready for Mary's birthday on 12 June. Mary couldn't come with us to Townsville as she was on holiday in Victoria.