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carmel’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 27 Jul 2006

Location: Yeppoon, Qld, Australia

MapSaturday, 22/7/06

I was a bit lucky with the e-mailing this morning. I had just finished when the library server went down. The caravan park put on a (free) sausage sizzle and Country and Western group. They were very good although we had to leave early – I wanted to watch the Lions game.

Sunday, 23/7/06

I had a bad day today. Example no. 1 - just as I was about to go to Church, a couple opposite called over for a chat and to exchange addresses. So I rushed off to Church – and went into the wrong one. I knew it was different but thought maybe they didn’t have a priest and were having a memorial service. (As you can see, it wasn’t all that much different.) (The Catholic Church was next door.)

We spent the night at a free caravan park at St Laurence. Unfortunately, there is really nothing at St Laurence itself, but the park was great. The amenities block would have been well up in the top 50%, which doesn’t say much for some of the parks which charge. They had hot showers ($1 for 3 mins). I got undressed then popped out to put in my dollar – but no water. I then found out I’d put the money in for the next shower
- Example no. 2. Barrie reckons I shouldn’t be allowed out without a leash. Not only were the amenities spotless, but there were free BBQs, also spotless; and a very nice picnic area. There was a notice board with all that is on in town, plus a fruit and veggie van comes around each afternoon. There would have been 50 vans there – divided in to 2 areas, one for generators, the other for us quiet ones.

Not only that, the park was on the St Laurence river although a lady said there were ‘smiley logs’ (crocodiles) in it. And there was a mountain range in the background – the sunset was beautiful.

Monday, 24 July 2006

We are now at The Caves Caravan Park near Rockhampton. We had initially intended staying at Marlborough, but, like St Laurence, there was nothing there. The Caves is an environmental park, with kangaroos (some with joeys) wandering around. There was also an Aboriginal demonstrating throwing a boomerang, however we missed most of it. By the time we had booked in, he had knocked off.

This afternoon, we did a tour of the caves. They are very impressive. There is one called the Cathedral where they hold weddings. We have taken a brochure in case Nic and Jason are interested.

Tuesday, 25 July 2006

We are now at Rockhampton, at a very nice park. Our van overlooks the Fitzroy River. We are only staying a night so we can do a bit of shopping, then we are off to Yeppoon. Rockie is a really big town, shopping centres everywhere. I want to find a craft store this afternoon.

Thursday, 27 July 2006

We arrived at Nic and Jason’s at Yeppoon yesterday – we had a bikie guide us. There house is really nice. They had the inside painted and it has made it a lot brighter, and it appears much larger (not that it was small in the first place. We haven’t done any of the touristy things yet.