Gladstone

Trip Start Nov 09, 2011
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

after an enjoyable walk around 1770 beach and estuary we drove back to agnes water...where surfers were enjoying the waves and daring the rocks, they get so close to the rocks where we assume the best waves are, but looks so dangerous to me...!!

the weather was hot and sticky with a bit of shelter over the pathways but as ever we knew we had loads of kilometres to get under our belt so onwards we drove..122 kms to gladstone..arriving in the evening and parking on top of  mount auckland with views over the port and town...

tuesday 17th april

now we have done 550kms....last night some clown decided to pap his horn nice and loud as they passed us at 1am..... it is the second time it happened to us once in new zealand..crazy people send them love ..!! so after a disturbed sleep we looked round gladstone...not much to see but it is one of the busiest ports in australia with a huge aluminum factory...so rather industrial and dusty..

we drove on to rockhampton where we crossed the tropic of capricorn now we were really in the tropical weather...we arrived at lunch time giving us plenty of time to go to the free zoo...yes in the park is a zoo with no charge to see koalas, dingos, kangeroos, crocodiles, and our first amazingly colourful cassowary  ..it was very interesting and the first time robin had seen the cute chilled out cuddly koalas ...

we drove on to yeppon on the beach to stay in a really nice camp site and spent the evening in the pool...this is the life...!!

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today is the big one so we had another swim and breakfast before the long 350kms drive through open bushland and nothingness..

it was all we had dreamed of.....not...a  hot, sticky, lonely, desolate, barren, empty and  boring road...very harsh dry grassy plains with an odd, mostly leafless, tree...I had to do all I could to keep robin awake he kept drifting off.. luckily half way there is a rest stop with a toilet and little else..but we managed to rejuvenate ourselves a bit..

we arrived in mackay late afternoon and found a little car park right on the beach at ollawong on the side of town...the tide was out and i mean out... i thought the tide at holkam beach in norfolk was the furthest tide i would see..wrong this was amazing you could barely see the water it was so far away.. so after a few pics we settled for the night...

 




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judy From Airs on

Hi I have so many of your logs that I have not read yet, so dipped into this one and it looks like you are still having a fab time together travelling the world...how wonderful. I have a request could you please explore the Maldives..as an escape I have the kuoni travel catalogue and I escape to the maldives every night! sad eh! but which to island to choose, which kind of accommodation? def want to do the sea plane. Lots of love Judy,

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