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Oct 22, 2020 - Longreach to Rockhampton

YAY - finally got my photo allocation back!!!! Jan and I were reflecting again yesterday how relaxing this holiday has been compared to how our usual holidays in the cvan go when we are on the move from place to place and endeavouring to see as much as possible within a limited time. I must be excited about going home, I didn’t sleep too well last night but we were up at 6:45 this morning and on Zoom at 7:30 for the prayer gathering. The bags were packed and taken over to the station (just across the road) and we were all sitting around...

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Oct 14, 2020 - Maryborough to Rockhampton

WED - 14th Oct - enroute Maryborough to Barcaldine I think we were probably somewhere near Maryborough at about midnight. After that I (Ron) dropped off into a light sleep. I awoke when the train stopped at Rockhampton station at 4:40. Got up and hung around at the open door but didn’t go onto the platform. To make the change onto the west bound line, a loco from the front dropped off, went to the rear and coupled up creating 3 or 4 severe bumps which even the sound sleepers heard and felt. Then the train moved in reverse for 5 - 10kms out...

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Jul 26, 2020 - Rockhampton aka Rocky

We spent two nights at Rockhampton. First stop was visiting the zoo in the beautiful botanic gardens. One of the highlights was watching a mother chimp carefully care for her tiny baby born in February this year. There were also crocodiles, dingos and some active pythons and boas. For dinner we walked to a Thai restaurant, we made sure we could get in by booking ahead. The weather is warm and sunny and we are now no longer wearing long pants, yeah! Rockhampton is full of elegant buildings stemming from its rich merchant, maritime and...

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Nov 30, 2019 - Rockhampton

Australia's Beef Capital Day 84 The Longest Day Today, we have our longest drive in Australia so far, from Airlie Beach to Rockhampton – 482km. This is an inland route through the bush. We are soon back on the Bruce highway travelling between Eugella National Park on the right and the flat plains to the sea on the left. The landscape switches between the lofty Clarke Range covered in tropical and semi-tropical vegetation to scrub to scorched woodland to dry yellow fields and back. We stop for fuel a break at a small one street town and see...

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Jul 27, 2019 - Rockhampton - UPDATE NOTES

Hi All, So we start heading further home and towards the end of this trip. As we get further south it is supposed to get cooler, it’s getting warmer and we have had 5 of the best day’s weather wise for the trip, we are tending to stay in places 2 or so days as we travel with the exception of Airlie beach on the Whitsundays where we stayed for 5. The park we stayed at Airlie has 2 lots of birds always there Curlews and Whistling Ducks. Airlie Beach is a disappointment, it’s the gate way to the Whitsunday Island which used to have quite...

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Apr 21, 2018 - Beef Country

After getting the van window fixed, we re-joined the Bruce Highway and headed up the Capricorn Coast. This is where the tropics (and the crocodiles) begin. First stop, Rockhampton, beef capital of Australia and known as ‘Rocky’. The prized bull is the Brahman which is found in sculpture all over town. We also saw the real thing at a country show and at two rodeos.

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Sep 18, 2016 - On the Road

Left Ayr after spending time with our house sitters. Travelled through to Rocky with a quick stop at Proserpine for lunch and refreshments at Flaggy Rock. Some showers along the Malborough stretch before arriving at Southside Holiday Village in the dark.

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Jul 30, 2016 - Bundy Rum

Hi Everyone My patchwork friend, Pene, said that we must visit the prettily named Rainbow Beach and its peninsula as it is so beautiful so off we motored to arrive on a very wet and blustery day. When we arrived the wind was whipping up the sand and we were peppered with sharp stings on our legs as the sand was blown down the street. We camped on the peninsula (Inskip Point) just back from the beach, a lovely sandy beach with so many beautiful shells washed up by the tide. It was just a shame the weather was so miserable making everything...

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Our Aussie Adventure

Jul 12, 2016 - Rockhampton

Like Bundaberg, which is on the Burnett River about 15 km inland, Rockhampton is not on the coast so today I packed my lunch (roast pork sandwich) & went on a scenic drive along the beaches from Emu Park to Yeppoon which are about 30 km east of Rockhampton. The weather today was calm & sunny so the beautiful Singing Ship at Emu Park wasn’t singing but they’ve added an impressive ANZAC Centenary Park on the same headland linked to the Singing Ship by a scenic walkway. It was the vision of one man, Vietnam vet & Yeppoon resident, Ross Coulter...

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Jul 10, 2016 - Bundaberg to Rockhampton

A drive of just over 300 km today, which took me exactly 4 hours with a couple of stops. Stupidly, when I stopped at the last rest area, I left my step behind so I’ll have to buy a new one tomorrow. Today’s the last day of school holidays so hopefully the caravan parks won’t be quite as busy although I think most people are grey nomads getting away from the cold weather down south, just like me. This park is quite full but it’s well set-up with each site very well defined. I stayed here before in 2006 & can remember the area but not the...

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Jun 2, 2014 - The Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton, Queensland

“When you are smothered in molasses, make rum!” That became the motto of the founders of the Bundaberg Distilling Company in 1888. These men were heavily invested in the sugar industry around Bundaberg, where we saw miles of sugar cane being grown. Molasses is a byproduct of sugar refining and was considered a waste product, and they were almost literally swimming in it. They had exceeded the capacity of their containers for the stuff, and it was running down the streets and into the Burnett River. As our tour leader put it, “When you get a...

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2014-Australia

May 3, 2014 - Rockhampton, QLD, AUS

It was an early morning wake up to get to the beach before dawn in order to see the kangaroos and wallabies come down for breakfast and a drink. But we made it. Just as the sun popped up a half dozen wallabies appeared looking for their breakfast of mangrove buds washed up by the tide. Since the water in the bay is brackish, they also enjoyed a bit of easy water. Some strong onshore winds at dawn kept the kangaroos away, as it prevented them from hearing any danger from approaching dingos. One wallaby carried a joey in her pouch; it seemed...

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