This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

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2000 Travels May 8


John was up early, to take Truck to Landrover. We packed our bedding and the overnight things in Truck before he went. He then walked back to the unit for breakfast.

We left there at 10 and walked to the nearby shopping complex. On the way we visited Harvey Norman and bought computer games. John bought Railroad Tycoon and an update for his Alpha Centuari. I bought  Bridge and Euchre games.

Having time to fill in, we browsed in a tile shop, looking at kitchen tiles and laminexes.

At the shopping complex, bought a birthday card for S, ordered a new mobile phone battery, had lunch.

John checked in by phone with Landrover. Truck needed new wheel bearing seals on the front. It also needed a new tyre as the flat one was beyond redemption.

We walked back there and spent a while checking out new tyres at a nearby place. Decided to buy a complete new set – definitely not Olympics! Went for Dunlops – a new type, SF Road Grippers, replacing their Adventurers. These were the ones the tyre service man recommended as best for our needs. We got a good trade in on the Olympics.

John then realized that the tubes he had in the Olympics were the original ones – now done over 100,000kms! No wonder they had been wearing!

The tyres were an unexpected expenditure, but I think we both had much more confidence that these new ones would be much more stable on the road.

The tyres could not be done until the next day, so we went back to the caravan park for another night. We were in a different unit, but one with a similar layout and price.

While John went to collect Truck, with new seals done, I walked to the shops and bought things for tea and breakfast.

Tea was some salad. John had skinless franks and bread. I just had bread with my salad.

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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.

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1998 Travels May 14


We had a very calm and uneventful final pack and departure.

Drove back to Howard, on the Bruce Highway, and then north. On to the next adventure! Had two refreshment breaks at roadside rest stops/picnic areas.

We did not find this a very spectacular part of the country – scrub, timbered country, cattle grazing mostly. There were some sugar cane areas and occasionally some ranges in the distance.

Rockhampton seems a pleasant enough city, though we will not be exploring it this time through.

We booked into the Southside Caravan Park. This Top Tourist park was easy to find. Our night here only cost $14.40. We were able to leave Truck and van hitched up, which was a bonus, on a grassed site.

We had not been there long when we were visited by some hopeful geese. They left unrewarded.

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On site at Rockhampton, with feathered friends

We took the bikes off their rack and cycled to the Botanical Gardens. These looked very attractive, but we did not have much time to dawdle there – another time. Cycled around some of the “posh” parts of South Rockhampton. It was only a short ride of 3kms, as dusk was not far off.

The caravan park is next to railway lines. We are amazed at the huge volume of railway traffic up here – it is great to see train transport being used. Enormously long coal trains go by at regular intervals, as well there were a number of general goods trains and even some passenger ones. This all made for interesting watching, as we sat outside the van. But it was rather noisy at night! Basically, there was a train going past every ten minutes or so! But that did not interfere with our sleep!

I made fried rice for tea.
We have now towed the van just over 4000kms. It does get easier!!