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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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Feb 7, 2014 - Rockhampton

Friday 7th February We have decided to stay another day here as the weather up north is severe winds and more rain so we will take this opportunity to fill the gas bottle and fix the 12volt plug and wash the bedding and towels and mats. Dave needs to have a rest day from all the driving as well. He also wants to watch the Big Bash final..especially as the Scorchers are in it. Dave found out the fuse for the 12v plugs is in the battery box, so that has been fixed. We knew it would be simple. We are off towards MacKay tomorrow. We were...

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Dec 20, 2013 - Currently Traveling down the east coast and in Rockhampton

So our last entry had us in Cairns and we were about to head south....... On Friday 13th December we picked up the hire car which was another supermini size car this time a white Hyundai Getz. We did a bit of shopping and headed to our first campsite which was just over 4 hours drive away. We stopped for lunch at Cardwell, a picturesque coastal hamlet that had recently recovered after being the victim of Cyclone Yasi on 3rd February 2011. However on viewing the beautiful palm fringed pier there was a warning sign for saltwater croc's and...

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Aug 29, 2013 - On to Rocky

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...

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Aug 28, 2013 - Mackay to Rockhampton

We left Mackay around 9am and arrived at a great rest area at St Lawrence just in time for an early lunch. Some of these towns spend a lot of money providing great facilities for the travellers. Shady picnic tables, play equipment for the kids, and very modern clean toilets encourage people to stop for a while. We headed off after a refreshing break and travelled through Marlborough before reaching Rockhampton around 2.30. Only 350klms today, so we were not feeling so weary. Unfortunately I had been reading the accomodation book and found...

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Oct 12, 2012 - Rockhampton

We booked in to stay with Chris and Shannon for a few days, had a good time with them. Hayley and her partner Lachlan came over for tea a couple of nights so we finally met the father of our first great grandchild. The big event is April next year. Ben was also here for the weekend so we saw everyone.

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Oct 5, 2012 - Rockhampton....almost home.

We thought Mackay was big until we arrived in Rockhampton, that place was huge and even busier. Welcome back to the city world with it's heavy traffic and noise. After getting lost for awhile we finally located our motel and later toasted our long ride around the country with a nice bottle of vino. This was our last dinner on the road for this trip and we felt good....but tired. It was another early start, the weather was kind and we were excited although a little sad that home was a few hours away and our long ride was over....

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