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Roo's on the beach trip...2022
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At last we are away on our Winter trip.
The trip is named 'Roo's on the Beach' and one of the highlights will be to see kangaroos and wallabies at Cape Hillsborough up near Mackay....details including photos of this trip will appear below.
The map below is a 'rough' representation of our planned trip to our anticipated northern most point...website visitors will know we rarely follow plans however...:)
Having decided on our route away we go.
Nanango showgrounds are typical showgrounds...contrary to what many think showgrounds, and recreation grounds are preferred over caravan park not solely due to the cost but because campers can usually choose how and where they choose to set up. Nanango is a perfect example, when we arrived a strong and cold southerly was blowing, we were told we could park anywhere we could find a power bx and tap, there are plenty of them, we parked the van with the wind behind us...in a caravan park we would probably need to park as directed, regardless of the wind.
Nanango showgrounds camping area is huge, flat and grassy, two amenities blocks, two dump points.
It is a short drive to the township, quite a large township it is too.
We decided to stay 3 nights here....we wanted to visit a cattle property owned by friends of many years ago, we lost contact with them in that time.
The wind abated on our second day and it was almost summery.
Stop One - Nanango Showgrounds
Stop two - Mundubbera Showgrounds
Mundubbera is around 200 km north of Nanango along the Burnett Highway, a good road but one that has been damaged in many places by recent floods...there are lots road works going on.
We have stayed in the Mundubbera Showgrounds on a number of occasions....each previous time we have had the choice of sites but not so this time!...the place was nearly chocka block when we arrived....we did however find a site and we were happy to stay here for three days.
Stop three - Biloela Heritage RV 48 hr Park
Biloela is home to a great Heritage Park, a massive display of all things old....old trucks, tractors, cars, old buildings, old photographs and tons of more old stuff...it is alongside this huge museum where we camped, in the Heritage Park 48 hour RV park.
A bit sad we can only stay 48 hours, we had planned on visiting nearby Lake Callide, time did not allow this, we needed to do washing, something we could not do at the RV park due to no sullage facilities
Stop four....The Caves Showground. A little north of Rocky.
Rockhampton is a city in Central Queensland, Australia. Straddling the Fitzroy River, it's known for beef production and has several bull statues around town. North, local life from 1850 to 1950 is re-created with cottages, woolsheds and antique cars at Rockhampton Heritage Village. The Dreamtime Cultural Centre has Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural displays, plus replica sandstone caves. ― Google
The Rockhampton Region is a known crocodile habitat. Rockhampton has a number of management zones outlined in the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan. The Plan is designed to ensure the conservation of estuarine crocodiles in the wild, and reduce the risks to public safety from crocodiles.
When looking for a suitable place to stay at Rockhampton Wikicamps reviews were less than complementary for nearly every caravan park in town, the descriptive term 'sardine' was regularly used....we chose therefore to travel about 25 km further up the Bruce Highway to The Caves Showground...this showground is near to the Capricorn Caves tourist attraction...we have seen caves before and elected not to visit these ones.
We were very happy to stay at the showground as the photos state.
Our stay here was longer than expected, we had to await the processing and arrival of Pam's RA medication from Brisbane. We were quite happy to do so as there are a few things to see and this area. We ended up staying at the Caves Showground for 11 days, and we were indeed happy to do so...at $25 per night it was a lot cheaper than the caravan parks in Rocky, and from what we understand a lot less crowded.
We spent one day at the beautiful Capricorn Coast, Yeppoon and Emu Park and in downtown Pockhampton..to see these photos click here.
To see a map showing where we are right now....click here
And some photos taken in Rockhampton below