On the move again, after another unusual early morning
rise, we were on the road by about 8:20am and driving through Bundaberg
City Centre. We crossed over the river on a rather old looking bridge
with many arches before heading east toward Gin Gin. This drive was
through more lush green fields and tall healthy looking sugar cane.
We passed through a small town called South Kolan
before reaching Gin Gin where we stopped and 'one of us' visited
the bakery and returned with sausage rolls and scones. Then it was
back onto the Bruce Highway and northward we went, passing through
a number of small towns, some only as large as a service station
and a house or two. These places included Colosseum Creek, Miram
Vale, Bororen, Benaraby, Mt Larcom, Raglan, Marmok and Bajool before
we arrived in Rockhampton at about 1.pm.
We booked into the Southside Holiday Village, which
is a 'Top Tourist' park situated about five kilometres from the centre
of Rockhampton. The park is very neat and tidy with good four star
well kept and green, palm trees flourish between many of the
sites. At less than twenty dollars per night (with top tourist membership)
it appears to be good value.
After setting up we visited the Information Bureau
a short distance from the caravan park then took a drive around the
city of Rockhampton. The city is not progressive as
we had expected but does seem to have most shops and facilities that
could be required. It claims to be the beef capitol of Australia
and there are a number of sculptures or statues of beef cattle on
the road approaching the city. Rockhampton sits right on the 'Tropic
of Capricorn' and although the caravan park is below it, the centre
of the city is above the tropic line.
Tomorrow we may take a drive to Yapoon and along
the coast to the east of Rockhampton.
Along Bruce Highway and
The Great Dividing Range
Welcome to Rockhampton
Friday 14th May 2004
What... No Web site Update!!!!
'One of us' didn't like what the other one was putting in it, so
you can see the results - one good black eye!
Well it sounds good anyway, the truth is 'one of us' was looking
after the other one' whilst he was throwing up
and all that sort of thing, obviously the result of a pretty nasty
virus. The black eye came from passing out over a bucket and coming
face first with something hard on the way down. Not just once, but
about three times. (Slow learner!)
Saturday 15th May 2004
Today was a recovery day for most of it... 'One
of us' recovered the bedding back to a clean freshly washed state
whilst the 'other one' just recovered. Fortunately both were fairly
After wasting most of the day we took a drive to
the local coast line, first visiting Yeppoon which is about thirty
kilometres from Rockhampton. We discovered the bay at Yeppoon is
Bay and Great Keppel and North Keppel Islands are well within sight
of the shore.
There were also coconut palms along the beaches
and at one stage, 'one of us did pose under one of these
trees but there
were no loose coconuts above, however she did discover one that
had already dried and dropped to the ground prior to us arriving
We then traveled south along the coast to a place
called Emu Park which really did look like a little holiday village.
There were a number of coconut palms on the beach at Emu Park as
well and if we were just lazing around, it could be a relaxing place
After Emu Park we returned to Rockhampton and drove
around the city for about fifteen minutes or so looking for the Woolworths
Service Station that we had seen earlier in the day and knew exactly
where it was, however we couldn't find it, so we ended up paying 91.9
cents per litre for the 95 litres we needed to fill up the patrol.
Now it is time for a good nights sleep and maybe
tomorrow we will make it to Mackay, about 333 kilometres north of
Coconut Palm with Keppel Island behind