Carolyn & Greg's Nomadic Adventures .../CanberratoCooktown_2013 travel blog

Coal town

Best site in the park

Misty morn

Misty sunrise


28th August

Everyone appears to be in a hurry this morning. First van we saw leaving was at 7 o'clock. Most are heading south. We are heading to Gracemere, 9 kms from the centre of Rockhampton.

Another hot day weather reports are saying the temperatures are 10 o C hotter this year. The scenery is changing now and we are seeing lots of greenery and trees on the rolling hills.

Driving through Blackwater. A major coal mining town we are seeing lots of coal trains fully laden standing still on the rail tracks. We are seeing lots of workers on the tracks.

Six major open cut coal mines and one underground dot the landscape surrounding the town and provide its main employment opportunities. The town is also situated close to the Blackdown Tableland National Park which lies to the southeast and Blackwater coal mine located south of the town. Emerald is 74 km to the west.

Blackwater is supposedly named after the Blackwater Creek which apparently was first observed to flow with black water, this may have been caused by tree roots growing into the creek. Coal deposits were discovered there by Ludwig Leichhardt in 1845.

Morning tea stop at Duaringa. You can stop here for 48 hours all they ask for is a donation to the information centre. Toilets and showers available.

We came across major roadworks just out side of Gracemere, timing perfect we have had no delays. Arriving at the park which is off the old Capricorn Highway.

We are shown our site, very nice. A large site with lots of grass, water views. Quite relaxing watching the bird life on the water.

Looking across the water we can see cows and horses grazing on the farm.

29th August

Know now why the coal trains were standing still they move them during the night. The Ranger is booked in for a service. Because of roadworks we will have to leave here at 7:30 to have the car at Ultratune by 8 am. They will need the car for 5 hours as it is a big service. We will head to Stockland, the largest shopping centre in the north. Movies are out as we couldn't find any that would interest us. So window shopping and browsing is how we will spend the time.

Finally got the call the car is ready at 1 o'clock. Time to to pay, ouch that hurts the wallet as we are told also the tyres need to be replaced. Greg thought they would. We are here till Tuesday now. New tyres have been ordered from Brisbane and will be delivered Monday.



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