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July 2013

Bundaberg to Dicky Beach

Day 72 - Sunday 21 July 2013

Once again we had heavy rain overnight - this time very heavy rain at about 3:00 am for a couple of hours. When we woke at about 7:00 am we found that we had had a serious leak at the front left hand side of the van. We will need to investigate when we get to Dicky Beach but the leak could be a legacy of the work we had done when we were in Melbourne.

After a visit to the dump point we were on our way at 9:30 am. Todays trip is about 295 kms via Childers, Maryborough and Gympie. We stopped for coffees and muffins at the small town of Tiaro. As we came south the road conditions gradually improved - it seems that the road-works on the Bruce Highway are gradually working their way north. Being a Sunday the traffic was reasonably light with little in the way of heavy trucks. Once past Gympie the road changes from the A1 to the M1 with mainly dual carriageway that goes all the way to Brisbane from the Sunshine Coast.

We arrived at the Dicky Beach Family Park at about 1:45 pm and booked in for 10 days. We were allocated an excellent double slab site where we parked the van on one half of the slab and set-up the awning with shade screens on the other half. Very soon after we had arrived we had a visit from Frosty, who came to welcome us to HIS caravan park, he is on a site about 50 metres away from our site. Frosty and Marg have the same Trailblazer 5th wheeler as us and the same Navara tow vehicle. By 3:00 pm we were all set up and sat down to watch Geelong and the Crows on the TV. Bugger the Crows got up to win by 2 points - Jimmy Bartel and Harry Taylor both missed shots for goal in the last couple of minutes.

Once we were set-up in the park David spent an hour or so on the roof of the van looking for leaks. Nothing was obvious, although some previous silicone repairs around the front hatch were looking a bit the worse for wear. David decided to remove all traces of the silicone repair and reseal the hatch with Sikaflex 291. Anything else that looked a bit dodgy also got a squirt of Sikaflex - so here's hoping. When we get some more rain we will know if the repair has been a success. Di had the blow-heater going flat out inside so everything is now dry on the inside.

No photos today.

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Bundaberg

Day 71 - Saturday 20 July 2013

Once again we had very heavy rain overnight, that left us with humidity at 89%, but today it is mainly sunny with a forecast temperature of 13 to 24 degrees. During the afternoon it started to cloud over again and the breeze picked up to 25 kph, gusting to 30 kph. We are expecting more rain tonight.

Our overflow site on the grass

Our overflow site on the grass

This morning we did a few errands, doing the rounds of a few caravan and camping outlets, before stopping in the city for papers and a coffee. Then it was on to the Bundaberg Distilling Company for a few bottles of their famous Bundaberg Royal Liqueur - a coffee and chocolate flavoured rum liqueur - its gone up since we were last here - 3 bottles for $115.00.

The Bundaberg Distillery

The Bundaberg Distillery

The Bundy retail outlet

The Bundy retail outlet

I'll take one of those please

I'll take one of those please

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Rockhampton to Bundaberg

Day 70 - Friday 19 July 2013

Last night we had a lovely feed of prawns which we bought while we were at Cape Palmerston. The prawns were farmed down the road from the caravan park at Australian Prawn Farms. They were $16.00 per Kg which was extremely good value for Aussie prawns - we should have bought more!

More heavy rain overnight in Rockhampton, but we woke to a mainly sunny day with a forecast temperature of 15 to 24 degrees. We were packed up and on the road by 10:00 am for our 295 km trip to Bundaberg. The rumour was that we would have lots of road-works on our way south and we did not have too long to wait for our first stop of about 10 minutes. We were to have a couple more long stops waiting for traffic coming the other way. At about 12:30 pm we stopped for lunch at Miriam Vale, toasted ham and cheese sandwiches and coffees. It was a good thing that we were not in a hurry as we had to wait almost 30 minutes for it to arrive.

While we were waiting for our lunch, we decided to leave the Bruce Highway and its road-works and travel on the narrower and windier road via Rosedale and Avondale - it turned out to be slightly shorter and had the added benefit of no trucks. We eventually arrived at the Glenlodge Caravan Village at 2:45 pm and checked in for two nights. Even though we had booked several weeks ago we were allocated an overflow site on the grass. After an easy set-up we headed back out for fuel (we were running on empty), papers and some product from BWS.

Tomorrow we will head for the Bundaberg Rum Factory for new supplies of Bundaberg Rum Liqueur, which is the main reason for continuing to come back to Bundaberg when we can.

No photos today.

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Rockhampton and Emu Park

Day 69 - Thursday 18 July 2013

We had some heavy rain again overnight, but thankfully it did not last too long. Forecast for today was 15 to 25 and partly sunny, but it turned out to be mainly sunny. After breakfast we walked into Rocky for a paper and our morning coffee with raisin toast. After our morning coffee we walked around Rockhampton before returning to the caravan park. Rockhampton is a city of over 60,000 people that was first settled in the 1850s, but Rockhampton became a major sea port after the discovery of gold at nearby Mount Morgan in the 1880s. Rockhampton is now known as the beef capital of Australia.

Old Rockhampton GPO

Old Rockhampton GPO

Old Rockhampton Supreme Court Building

Old Rockhampton Supreme Court Building

We have another Trailblazer 5th wheeler in the park not far from us. It is slightly older than ours (about 6 years old) and comes from Victoria. After lunch we did a tourist drive to Emu Park and Yeppoon which are both on the coast about 40 kms away. Emu Park is the home of the famous Singing Ship Monument, which commemorates the discovery of the area by Captain James Cook in 1770. It overlooks the islands of Keppel Bay, including the Great Keppel Island.

Singing Ship at Emu Park

Singing Ship at Emu Park

Another view of the Singing Ship

Another view of the Singing Ship

Di pulling the anchor

Di pulling the anchor

Islands in Keppel Bay

Islands in Keppel Bay

Emu Park 1

Emu Park 1

Emu Park 2

Emu Park 2

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Cape Palmerston to Rockhampton

Day 68 - Wednesday 17 July 2013

We were packed up and on the road by 9:00 am for our 271 kms trip from Cape Palmerston to Rockhampton. Southbound traffic was reasonably light although the northbound traffic was a little heavier. We stopped for a coffee break in a rest area near Marlborough and eventually arrived at the Riverside Tourist Park at 1:00 pm. It was just as well that we had booked ahead as the park was fully booked. We were allocated a grassy site for 2 days.

Site 39 - Riverside Tourist Park

Site 39 - Riverside Tourist Park

After doing a full set-up we walked across the bridge over the Fitzroy River to the City Centre about 1 km away. We stopped at a newsagent for the Australian, the Post Office to pick up our latest batch of mail, a coffee shop for coffee with muffins, and finally the Information Centre for maps and suggestions for sights to see tomorrow. Rockhampton is bursting at the seams with US and Australian servicemen who are here for joint exercises Talisman Sabre that started on Monday.

Fitzroy River from the Fitzroy Bridge

Fitzroy River from the Fitzroy Bridge

Rockhampton's Customs House

Rockhampton's Customs House

Di with Rocket Rod's statue

Di with Rocket Rod's statue

Criterion Hotel from the Fitzroy Bridge

Criterion Hotel from the Fitzroy Bridge

Yachts moored in the Fitzroy River

Yachts moored in the Fitzroy River

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