Truckie Profiles

The perfect spot for a break

There would be few better and more scenic places to stop than at the Malanda Falls on the Atherton Tablelands.

That’s where I saw Josh Hawkins, 27, and Clinton Sells, 34, pull up at the nearby parking area for a snack during a short break.

They both work for Eastern Tree Services Group (ETS) and Hawkins was driving a Hino 500. 

“We are based in Townsville and came up here to trim tree branches from powerlines,” Hawkins said.

Sells was behind the wheel of the other truck and said he had been with the company for almost four years.

“We run into things like possums, snakes, spiders and wasps when we are doing the trees,” Sells said.

They get to travel as far away as Mount Isa which is 900km inland from Townsville.

The pair reckon that a lot of the Bruce Highway needs work to bring it up to standard.

They added that their favourite roadhouse is at Alligator Creek which is 20km south of Townsville as you head to Ayr.

Later I saw the lads hard at work trimming trees in a Malanda backstreet.

Malanda Falls is a big tourist attraction where you can enjoy a swim in a freshwater pond in safety.

The parking area is also a great place for trucks to stop and enjoy their break, while sitting on one of numerous cement tables in view of the water.

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