2014 cold beater travel blog

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Liquid natural gas plant

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Awoga dam (above Gladstone)

Hi All,

Our southern journey continued with us staying at Yeppoon, the coastal town near Rockhampton. Not a lot there but we amused ourselves even though the weather continued its trend of wet or windy. Our thought went back to our Cruise Director on the Europe river cruise where his daily forecast was sunny, cloudy and changeable. To be blunt it has been the worst weather we have ever had on a trip.

Moving south again we stayed at Tannum Sands near Gladstone. There we did a drive around looked at the town, lookouts and dam but the highlight was a coffee cruise around the harbour and seeing all the growth. As we were told unless the project is in the billions it’s not on for them. On a liquid natural gas site, well 1 site for 4 companies it’s just huge, 10,000 men work on an island where there is no roads, everything comes by boat, barge or similar. We were told that if you held a stick on the ground you were paid at least 6 digits with 80% of the workforce being locals. An amazing place to visit.

Our last port of call was a small town called Howard and it’s from here we write this last journal note as tomorrow its home time after about 6,600kms and a day short of 8 weeks, once there its time to wash the windows and plan the next trip.

It’s been a ton of fun apart from the weather.

That’s all for now and for a while.


Mum and Dad

AA and UM

GM and GD

Anne and Marco


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