Mt Isa to Townsville

A bye-bye hug

A bye-bye hug

OK, I don’t have wireless but I’m typing this up as the Inlander service approaches Townsville. The 21-ish hour journey has gone fairly quickly, partly as I didn’t sleep a lot the night before I set off so I snoozed a bit in the early evening.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the train. From the outside it looks like a bit of a banger, but the fittings inside seem almost brand new. The seats are comfy and the dining car area is very pleasant. A few TVs in there are used to show very family-friendly DVDs (a lot of people who use the service are pensioners) and the food from the canteen isn’t too badly overpriced.

Sleeping in the seater cars isn’t the most comfy option as the seats don’t recline at all. However, you get what you pay for and it’s now 9am and I don’t feel too knackered. With luck I should be in a hostel by 11am.

This in itself will be noteworthy. I arrived in Australia almost a month ago to the day and this will be the first night’s accommodation I’ve paid for. It will also be the first of only three if I have my sums right (Cairns tomorrow and again the night before I fly to Japan). So again, a huge shout out to everyone who’s been kind enough to put me up over the last four weeks. If ever the chance arises for me to return the favour, all you have to do is ask!

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