Out & About in Capricornia
Sep 2, 2013
Being a sunny Saturday we have decided to go for a Sunday drive. First stop is the information centre, here we can see the spire showing us where the tropic of Capricorn passes through Rockhampton.
Rockhampton is situated on Queenslands largest river, the Fitzroy, and lies 40kms inland from the Capricorn Coast beaches. The city is surrounded by the Berserker Ranges and
Mount Archer[607 metres high] As well as being known as the Beef Capital of Australia, Rockhampton is also a crucial service city for the Central Queensland mining industry. Rockhampton acts as the gateway to the Capricorn Coast to the East, and the outback to the West and is the 8th largest city in the Sunshine Coast with a population greater than 1OO,OOO.
Continuing on our drive along the scenic coast loop, our first stop is Yepoon. A beachside community well known for seafood. Towering palms and native pines line the street. After walking around the busy shops and a stroll along the boardwalk, we buy lunch and take it over to the beach. Fish and Chips were a bit disappointing but the views were amazing.
Back in the car we head to Rosslyn Bay, the departure point for trips to the Great Keppel Island. A trip we will do next time we are up this way. Travelling along the highway we stop at Emu park.
Home to the singing ship, a soaring white sculpture on the headland, a monument to Captain Cook. Being a still day it was a quiet ship. Walking along the beach we had views across the ocean to the Keppel Islands.
We have seen some beautiful beaches and scenery today but it is time to head back.
A quiet day for Fathers Day, we are heading to the Gracemere Hotel for lunch. Pretty popular as we had to book in. Enjoying a delicious lunch we head back. Great to have catch up phone calls with the children.
The Rockhampton Botanic Gardens have recently been awarded heritage listing. They are 143 years old and are regarded as one of the best regional gardens in Australia. We spent a relaxing morning strolling around the gardens including the zoo located within the gardens. The zoo is under going major renovations and they ask for gold coin donations. After a relaxing picnic lunch we head home.
Tomorrow we are heading into town to have new tyres fitted on the Ranger.