Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Sep 13, 2009 - Port Clinton
My first attempt to leave Kepple Bay Marina turned into a fiasco. I was traveling in company with another yacht “Amazing Grace”, owned by Tony and Susan from Bundaberg. We spent a few enjoyable nights at the local sailing club watching the sun go down. My main block dropped to the floor as one bolt fell loose. Trying to fix the problem was made worse by the chop and boat movement. In the end, I finally fixed it but I had lost heaps of time. I decided to motor back to the marina to get extra fuel. The marina was being dredged and the tide...Jump to full entry
Sep 5, 2009 - Great Kepple Island
Great Kepple turned out to be much more than I had ever imagined. I anchored at Second Beach, this beach is on the northern side of the island a shelter from the SE sea breezes. The water was clear and the sands white, I had seen the Great Kepple television ads many years ago and now wished I had “Gotten Wrecked”. I had read about the bush walks and tracks, so on my first day I walked from the anchorage to Wreck Cove, a beach on the eastern side of the island. It took me some time, I met the goats the goat track was named after. I was ill...Jump to full entry
Aug 7, 2009 - Day 18 – Rockhampton – What are 'younger' nomads called?
We started the morning with a visit to the top of Mt Archer to do the ‘view over Rocky’ thing. After dropping Aaron and Al off for a rest (Aaron predominantly) Ev and I went out to look around. After picking everyone up again we headed out towards Yeppon where there is a museum that contains a lot, and I mean a lot of Peter Brocks racing and road cars. Everything from the first Monaro he raced at Bathurst for his first victory, through the Torana’s, Group C and Group A machines, right up to the latest Monaro he drove in Targa Tasmania. Kept...Jump to full entry
Aug 6, 2009 - Day 17 –Bundaberg to “Rock-hamster” – Who needs petrol?
What is the collective noun for kookaburra’s? I’m not sure. Lets just say we were awoken to a cacophony of kookaburra calls this morning. Earlier than either of the boys managed to wake up so it must have been early. It was on the road early and we were soon back on the Bruce Highway. . With a combination of snacks, sleeps, rest stops and games we managed to keep the boys quite for most of the morning. So much so that we got the 350kms covered by about 1pm. What a drive, long, flat, hot, and generally featureless. As a game to fill in time...Jump to full entry
Mar 12, 2009 - Planning
Up all hours planning, mapping and discovering all of these magnificent places in South East Asia. The plan thus far is to fly into Phuket, check out all the islands. Get a train up to Bangkok spend a little time in the city and plan day trips to local sights. Catch a train up to Chiang Mai then bus to Nong Khai. Tuk Tuk to the boat and over to Vientiane. From there up to Luang Prabang and over to Hanoi where we go check out Sapa and Halong Bay. From here we travel down the coast to Hue and have a look around Bach Ma National Park. Carry...Jump to full entry
Mar 7, 2009 - Cyclone Hamish
Today we find it rainy and windy...There is a Cyclone heading down the coast of Australia..There is major winds and rains hitting everywhere. We saw the Whitsunday Islands just in time... there is hope that he will move out to sea... but this doesn't not affect our vacation as we can still shop and wine taste. Today we hit Rockhampton and just out side of town we stopped at the Paradise Hill Vineyard.. We tasted wine, olives and liqueur... I can take the rain like thisJump to full entry
Oct 2, 2008 - On our way south!!
Tuesday 30th September – we both lazed around the house all day. Gill went swimming twice in the pool while I sat in the shade all day. It was another tough day with the temperature hovering around 30 degrees again! Wednesday 1st October we left our home exchange and flew from Cairns to Rockhampton where we picked another car from Hertz. We then drove some 250kms to a small town called Agnes Water on the coast south of Rockhampton. Queensland roads are very easy to drive, generally one lane each way with a passing lane every 5k or so....Jump to full entry
Mar 12, 2008 - Rockhampton via Mount Morgan Open Cut Pit Mine
We had a ways to go today, with a scheduled stop to tour the Mt. Morgan Open Cut Pit Mine. Shortly after a rest stop we pulled into a rural gas station. Our bus driver started to back up to the pump and those in the back of the bus started to yell. It seems that Lou forgot that we had the trailer with the luggage today. Fortunately the hitch was bolted together and not welded. We ended up with three broken bolts and a dented back fender. The back-up beeper now sounds a little stressed when we back up. Lou and a couple of the guys went to...Jump to full entry
Mar 2, 2008 - 12 days later.....
well we have been a bit busy since our last update, so here's the run down... 19th of Feb we picked up bessy the campervan, she is a bit old but hopefully will make it. set off to the blue mountains which are only a short distance from sydney. after finding that the only site in the area was full we wild camped off road. during the night i made matt come with me to pee, as there were too many tree's and strange noises. woke to a really blue skied day and set off for a couple of hours walking in the mountains. nice view of the three sisters...Jump to full entry
Jan 19, 2008 - Rockhampton
Hello, well we are currently in Rockhampton. It is small and pretty sleepy, the shops don't tend to open on a sunday and on a saturday they close at 1!! We found our way yesterday to Rockhampton Zoo which was a bit of a waste of time, we could only get the bus to the bottom of the hill and then we had to walk up the hill. It is a zoo and Botanic gardens free to get in which was good because if I had had to pay I would have demanded my money back! There were hardly any animals, lots of empty cages though. The best thing was walking down to...Jump to full entry
Jul 9, 2007 - Eungella to Mount Morgan Queensland 14 to 16 June 2007.
Sylvia's comments. After our look around Dame Nellie Melba's house we headed for the town of McKay. Now being a member of the McKay clan I just had to go and look at the beach and that is all we did as it was raining. It was a case of park the van and then make a quick dash across some grassland to the beach, a quick look and then dash back. Our next stop was Sarina where we visited the Sugar Shed. This was an interpretative centre detailing the history of sugar production combined with a miniature sugar mill. It also combined a small scale...Jump to full entry
May 12, 2007 - Rockhampton
got reuninted with Nat on bus to Rockie, we were staying with Michael from surf camp, poor guy had to pick us up at 3am from the bus terminal! On sat we had a drive up to a really nice look out, saw my first kookybara, then in the evening we went over to Craig & Kerrys (also from surf trip) place for a few drinks-they've got an awesome pad, they've made a bar outside- complete with pool table, projector screen, bar, juke box etc etc. Sunday had a drive over to the marina but minging weather, Nat cooked us a sunday roast- 1st in a very long...Jump to full entry