Saturday 10 June 2017
Weather started fine and sunny when we set off in the morning, but showers expected later as we head south.
Had initially planned to head for the free camp at Calliope, but given forecast for rain overnight and tomorrow we decided to get as far south as we could to take the pressure off tomorrow. Forecast for Sunday is rain so we don't want to spend all day driving in rain to Dicky Beach on the Sunshine Coast.
We left the caravan park at Emerald at about 9:30 am and made a brief stop at the nearby shopping centre for a few supplies and the weekend papers. We stopped at Blackwater for fuel, at Bluff for a morning coffee, at the turn-off to Biloela for lunch, then again for fuel at Boyne River. All up a long day as we completed 467 km before finally arriving at Granite Creek Rest Area, where another half dozen vans and motor homes were set up for the night.
At Blackwater we ended up at a card only Caltex outlet, however a truckie explained to David the process of getting fuel, and paying with a card. He had just re-fuelled an A-B-Double with three trailers, and was heading back to Rocky. Blackwater is a town of about 5,000 people and is the centre of about six open cut coal mines. Coal trains, each more than a kilometre long travel in both directions from Blackwater to Gladstone via Rockhampton.
Coal trains waiting at Alpha - both more than a kilometre long - one loaded and the other empty.
Camp Site at the Granite Creek Rest Area.