EAST TO ROCKY AND THEN WEST ON CAPRICORN
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
322Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Duaringa rest area
JOURNEY: Dululu, Mount Morgan, to Rockhampton, to Duaringa 200kms
WEATHER: Sunny 25 degrees at noon
On Monday morning we decided to drive into Rockhampton, through Mount Morgan to do some shopping in the largest town in the area; it was a beautiful sunny day when we left Dululu at 9am.
We only had a quick look at the mining town of Mount Morgan as we continued along this very scenic drive through the first hilly land we had met in this part of Queensland.
Rockhampton is a big busy city, the Beef Capital of Australia (we didn't buy any beef- woops) and we visited the Information Centre to get information- of course!!!- and passes to the Blackdown Tableland National Park.
There we met a brave young woman, pedalling her bicycle from Melbourne to Cairns, alone- she was lovely and we were happy we approached her to hear her story; why is she doing the trek? because she can!!!
Population of Rocky is 60,000 and it is very close to the fabulous QLD holiday coast
We located a huge shopping mall and Woolworths to stock up and then decided we did not really want to hang around so back in the van to an overnight free camp at Duaringa.
Now we probably could have made it to the national park, but why rush and we were not sure how slow the narrow road up the tableland would be plus there is a 8km gravel road to negotiate in to the camp ground- best to start this journry fresh in the morning.
The free Duaringa Rest Stop was wonderful, spacious with some grassy patches in the red dirt, water on tap, bbqs and hot showers. Obviously it is a very popular stopover spot and everyone was very appreciative of the facilities.
The well stocked information centre is run by volunteers and Sheila and I spent quite some time talking to Flo and Carol about their little town -200 people- and its history. Lovely spot to stay and you are allowed to camp for 48 hours which is pretty generous!
With full internet and TV coverage we were back in contact with everyone; Sheila skyped her mum in Puerto Rico and all in all this was a good little spot! Recommended.
Of course we made use of the hot shower the following morning, as there is no water supplied in the national park we are going to.
It was a beautiful sunny morning when we packed up and headed west!