After the reef trip we left Airlie beach and headed north done quite a bit of driving then stayed in a rest area and had a good sleep( 12hrs!). In the morning we got to Townsville which was a good city lots of shops and museums and of course just 8km away from magnetic island. We spent the day walking around and bit of internet although they charge $2 for 15mins. After we drove up a huge mountain we where the only car everyone was running or walking (they are really into there fitness out here so many people jogging and fitness and gym equipment in all the parks and by the sea) we got to the top and what a view you could see the whole city we stayed and watched the sun set over the mountains (I even cried a little ) na I'm joking I didn't cry I'm a geezer ain't I. Anyway we went back down to find a hostel for the van but the hostel was shut then a man popped his head out and said we could park in his private parking space round the back for tenner so we went for it. A short while after another van asked us if we knew a good spot to park so we said they could follow us and park next to us we ended up chatting for a couple of hours they were both English and in there 30s really nice people they had been accountants and managers of some big firms in the uk and decided to jack it all in and travel the world they had just come from Asia where they spent 5 months travelling through china Japan thighland Malaysia Indonesia singapore and so on. They invited us in there van and we had some pasta followed by lots and lots of wine a couple of cheeky spliffs. We looked through all there pictures and it looks amazing Olly the bloke said in Vietnam he bought 400 fags 40 cans of beer lunch and a couple of days shopping for £8!! And he reckons you can travel Asia comfortably on about £450 a month so defiantly gunna do it when I finish working here. We stayed up till about 2 30 then they went to bed me and Mikael wondered in to the city quite tanked up and just drifted about I don't remember much off it but I do have an occasional flashback of getting kicked out of a strip club. Woke up feeling like a wallabies foreskin big time hangover our friends deb and Olly Made us a cup tea and asked us if we wanted to join them down on the beach for some pancakes so I guzzled a few pints of water got my shades on and we took the stoves and frying pan down to the beach and had a few pancakes. We exchanged details with them and said goodbye.