Mackay to Hervey Bay!
Trip Start Aug 20, 2008
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After a weekend of partying in Airlie Beach, we decided that it was time to continue our way down the coast. On Sunday morning, we got back on the road and headed to the next large city -- Mackay. Going through Mackay, we stopped at the harbor and were able to drive along the Marina, a strip of highway with the ocean on both sides. After a quick stroll through town, we continued to drive down to Sarina beach for the afternoon and found ourselves at the Carmila Beach campsite that evening. Upon arriving at Carmilla Beach, we learned that Rex wasn't so fond of driving on the sand! After pushing the van back onto the road -- and with the help of our new Kiwi friends -- we found our "home" for the night. We spent the evening listening to our neighbor play the keyboard and playing a round of Scrabble over wine.
The following day, Monday, we drove down to our next free camp site in St. Lawrence and spent the day at Clairview Beach. After an evening run, and a $1 hot shower, we turned in early to begin our next adventure the following day.
On Tuesday morning, we set out with Rockhampton and Yeppon as our destinations. "Rocky" (the nickname for Rockhampton) was the next fairly large city with a small beach town, Yeppoon off to its east. After some helpful advice from the woman at the visitors center, we decided to take a scenic loop out to the coast and down the shoreline. We spent the afternoon in Yeppoon and visited the Singing Sails, Captain Cook's Memorial. We found ourselves back in Rockhampton for the evening, wehre we found our new home...the Archer Hotel...aka "Rocky's Best Bush Pub." We had learned from the same woman at the information center that we could park our van at the Archer Hotel for free as long as we bought a few beers -- NOT a problem!! The friendly family run business kindly offered us a hot shower, laundry facility and the largest bowl of french fries (sorry, "chips") that we had ever laid our eyes on. After a few drinks, we headed to bed early and set out for a nice (short) run the next morning.
Through our travels, our new friends kept raving about the beaches at 1770 at Agnes Waters -- the first "official" surf spot on the east coast. Too bad none of us know how to surf! Upon arrival in the quaint town, we spent the afternoon at the beach and headed up to the northern most point of 1770 to watch the sunset. That evening we stayed at Agnes Water National Park. After another beautiful (yet windy) beach day, we got back on the road and headed further south through Bundaberg to Hervey Bay.
Here in Hervey we're enjoying beautiful beaches and a great Esplanade with tons of bars, shops and restaurants. On Monday, we will drive down to Rainbow Beach where we will embark on our Fraser Island adventure!