12.09.2013 - 15.09.2013 33 °C
We left Rockhampton after a very relaxing 5 days and drove up onto the highlands and the town of Mount Morgan where gold bearing rocks were found in 1870. Over a 108 year period The mine at Mount Morgan produced 238,979 kg of gold, 54,335 kg of silver and 360000 tons of copper. The hole in the ground became 325 metres deep.
There are some lovely old buildings in town including; The Grand Hotel built in 1901.
The National Hotel built in 1899. It has been classified by the National Trust.
The Railway Station built in 1898.
As well as some of the old mine buildings which have been saved from demolition.
We had morning tea then continued on to Dululu where we have been many times before. Onwards again to Baralaba on the banks of the Dawson River. We have camped here on two previous occasions but not this time. After having lunch it was on to the small town of Banana which got it's name from the bullock which died here.
We continued on to Biloela where we refueled and did a little shopping then drove thru Thangool to a lovely rest area at Lawri Park. Lots of room and level sites.
Friday morning we departed last nights stop at Lawgi Park rather late for us – it was 9.00 am.
We had morning tea at a great rest area (Coominglah Range Rest Area).
We drove to Monto where we stopped for a look around and a walk up and down the main street.
Not too much here except for a statue of a racing horse rider who was born here and was killed while involved in a race.
We drove on to Mulgildie which is a very small town with a colourful Pub.
While we sat and ate an icecream we talked with a local who explained the story surrounding the statue of a Bunyip (a supposedly mythical animal). There is a hole in the local river where Aboriginal Folk would not camp because the water hole contained a Bunyip which ate people. A visiting Arch Bishop who was travelling by horse and buggy during the pioneering times came upon the water hole and set up camp. An Aboriginal man spoke to him and told him not to camp here as he might get eaten by the Bunyip. The Arch Bishop said “How can you believe that - have you ever seen it”. The man thought for a while and then said “Have you ever seen God”.
From here we travelled to Ceratodus on the banks of the Burnett River where we camped for the night. There was a huge flood here last February as can be seen by the effects on the tree plantation adjacent to the Rest Area. There are currently many cattle grazing amongst the trees.
Next day we continued our journey, stopping to have a brief look at Eidsvold then Mundubbera before having morning tea at Gayndah where Hiroe bought some mandarins at The Big Mandarin. (Not very nice ones).
Next stop was at Goomeri where we drove around the town then had lunch in a park.
On then through Murgon, Wondai and Kingaroy before camping for the night at a Rest Area at Kumbia. This is an old town, quite small with most of the buildings now empty.
Would you believe it - We were in Nindigully when the Pub there had free beer yesterday - The Pub has has Free Beer tomorrow.
Leaving Kumbia we drove leisurely to Dalby via Bell. About halfway to Dalby the landscape changed from quite hilly to reasonably flat and we were in the Darling Downs a grain growing area.
We arrived in dalby just after 9.00 am and booked into a caravan park. We have an ex student of Bob's coming to visit us from Toowoomba about lunch time and then tomorrow an old Navy mate and his wife are coming to catch up with us from Lowood so we are going to have a relaxing and good time while here.