As we drove south from Cairns we passed from tropical bush to Gum trees, dried grass and large fields of sugar cane. The sugar cane is in bloom and ready to cut. Often along the road are railway tracks. Sugar cane trains are used to transport the cane to the mills.
|Tony Porter at Airlie Beach|
|Sugar Cane Train|
This afternoon we started down the coast to Mackay for another night's stay before we get to Gladstone on Sunday night. On the way we passed many more fields of sugar cane, and finally a sugar cane train. See the pictures with the cane mill in the background.
People here do not seem to drive these distances often, although the roads are paved, two lane roads with frequent passing lanes. The people are very friendly, and it reminds me of rural communities in western Canada.