The backwater we crossed yesterday has taught us an important lesson: when you find a petrol station you would better refill because the next one could be VERY far ahead. Today we managed to get to a petrol station by a hair, but it’s a risk that we cannot afford once in the outback. We know that as we go north, away from the popular swimming sites, we will drive through less and less populated regions. The town of Mackay is not a typical swimmer destination, but it reserves at least a nice surprise: a beautiful beach just a few steps from the city center. Hard to believe that yesterday’s desolation is just a hundred kilometers from here!