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Week Three

Bundaberg to Gargett

overcast 27 °C

Forgot to add week 2's map to the last entry so here it is now.b303d920-79dc-11e8-81fb-21805aa901f9.jpg

Day 15 - Wednesday 27th June
We all went for a drive in our vehicle this morning and firtst stop was at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery where we purchased some rum for ourselves and for our good neighbors (Jim and Joan).
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Next stop was at the Big Barrel where they produce as well as Bundaberg Ginger beer a lot of other soft drinks.
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It was then a trip out to Alloway Fruit and vegetable markets to stock up supplies since we will be leaving here tomorrow morning, then back into town for lunch and a visit to a supermarket.
Bob had a haircut today beside our van and is feeling considerably cooler.

Day 16 - Thursday June 28
We left Bundaberg at 8.30 this morning and drove to Gin Gin where we didn't stop much to Hiroe's disgust then on to Boolboonda Tunnel and we stopped to take some photos. George refused to drive though so Hiroe and Bob walked the 196 metres to check it out. It is very high and would easily take a caravan.
Boolboonda Tunnel is an abandoned heritage-listed railway tunnel at Tunnel Road, Boolboonda, Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. The tunnel is 192 metres (630 ft) in length making it the longest unsupported man-made tunnel in Queensland. Its construction represented an important engineering feat for rail transport in Queensland. It was built from 1881 to 1884 by O'Rourke & McSharry. It is also known as Boolboonda Railway Tunnel and SEQ-6Q 1. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 24 September 1999.
The Boolboonda Railway Tunnel opened 12 November 1883 following a construction period of two years. It was built by Queensland Government Railways as part of the Bundaberg to Mount Perry railway line, constructed to service the Mount Perry copper mines. It took two years to dig and was officially opened on 2 November 1883.The line was deviated in 1960 and tracks removed the following year. The section of the line between Tirroan and Mount Perry closed in 1960 and was removed in 1961.
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We continued on to Mt Perry and again we didn't stop but drove on till we reached the Burrnet Highway where we turned north and arrived at Mulgildie and took a photo of the Bunyip statue there.
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The legend of the bunyip has lived long in Australian history.
Elders and long-time cattlemen have told of bubbling water, disappearing cattle and eerie sensations throughout the generations.
Several communities claim the mythical creature lurks in their local rivers, but residents in one small Queensland township insist they have the waterhole where the bunyip resides.
The Bunyip Hole at Mulgildie in the upper North Burnett is unsettling.
It's a still pool blanketed with green slime, silent except for the occasional buzz of birds and flies.
Known to bubble and gurgle, some Aboriginal elders believe the hole is connected to a network of underground waterways.
Joan Farrell is the president of the local Bunyip Committee, and says the bunyip has a strong presence in the community.
"I came here in 1975 and I kept hearing about the bunyip at the Bunyip Hole," she said.
"Now, you don't go out there especially on dark and don't swim in it, because you can get dragged down never to be seen again."
Monto at 12.30. We set up in the almost free camp near the old railway station ($5.00 a night).

Day 17 - Friday June 29
Next morning we drove on to Rockhampton via Biloela, (where we had morning tea), Dululu and Westwood. After setting up and having lunch we visited the Info centre for advice then Bunnings for George to get some bolts to secure his caravan fridge and back to the vans.

Rockhampton Bull Statues

Six bull statues representing the main breeds of the area are situated throughout Rockhampton in recognition of Rockhampton's Beef Capital of Australia title. Follow this trail to see these statues, but keep your eyes peeled for other life-size bulls decorating premises around Rocky. These fun and quirky statues are part of a competition run in conjunction with the tri-annual Beef Expo, which has become an icon event for the Australian beef industry and a major event for the State of Queensland.
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It really has warmed up today.

Day 18 - Saturday June 30
We drove into Rockhampton City this morning and visited the railway museum at the old Archer Park railway station. It was closed for the day so bad luck.
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From here we went down to Quay Street which runs along the Fitzroy River frontage. There are many nice old buildings along here some of which are the Heritage Hotel, The old Customs House etc.
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We then took a drive out to the Heritage Village some 10 km north of the City. We have been here before but George wanted to have a look.
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Back then to a large shopping centre where we had lunch before returning to the vans for afternoon tea.

Day 19 - Sunday July 1
This morning was washing day and both Hiroe and George took over the laundry in the caravan park. In the afternoon, George took us for a drive up to Mt Archer lookout (603 metres above Rockhampton). It was quite cool and cloudy hence no very good photos.
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We continued on for another 44 kms to Emu Park where we stopped for photos of the beach front and the Singing ship which was sculptued to commemorate Captain Cooks visit in 1770.
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drove around the town then on to Roslyn for a cup of coffee then through Yepoon before returning to our vans for "happy Hour" and dinner.

Day 20 - Monday July 2
We departed Gracemere just on 8.00 this morning and drove to Marlborough for Morning tea then on to Carmila where we had lunch. Lots of traffic this morning on the highway and the road surface is very bumpy. On then to sarina where we turned off the highway and took back roads to our campsite for the night at Gargett.

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