This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

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2000 Travels May 7


Late morning, we left to drive to Rockhampton.

It was still raining in Rubyvale when we left, and for much of the drive we had heavy rain and low visibility, so did not see much in the way of scenery. This was a disappointment, as we’d not been this way before.

We stopped in Emerald for fuel – 83cpl.

We stopped at Blackwater to eat our packed lunch. This was very much a coal mining area, the centre for major mining activity.

On our way from Blackwater to Rockhampton, saw several long coal trains – the line was electrified to Emerald. Qld takes rail transport seriously! The Blackwater area coal goes to Gladstone for export.

Just out of Rockhampton, got a flat tyre – driver side front. We are getting rather practised at changing wheels, these days!

Reached Rockhampton about 5pm. The caravan park was on the north side of the river, not too far from the Landrover dealership.

The unit in the caravan park cost us $54, after Big 4 discount. It was alright in comfort terms, but it was one where we were to supply our own bed linen. which we’d brought with us. However, my sheets did not fit the queen sized bed – we couldn’t use the fitted sheet and had to make do with just the flat one.

Went to the nearby shops and bought fruit for breakfast, and fish and chips for tonight’s tea.

Drove 375kms today.