08.09.2013 35 °C
On Sunday the 8th Sep we went to the open air markets in the grounds of the Heritage Village. It was quite large – over 140 stalls.
We spent over 2 hours there and only purchased a small amount of vegetables and 2 cups of coffee. Gee we have good self-control.
Hiroe had a sit in an old Overland car which was on display and pretended that she was driving it.
There were quite a few rides for the young ones including a Cobb and Co coach and camel rides.
Hiroe noticed a wonderful view of the Moon and Evening Star so took a photo.
On Monday we visited Mount Archer which has wonderful views of Rockhampton and Yeppoon. As well, there was a large group of Grass Trees (blackboys) at one of the lookouts.
Next stop was at the Cities Botanic gardens to have a wander around including a look at the local zoo out there. These gardens are over 140 years old and a credit to the cities fathers.
There was a very nice and friendly wombat at the zoo
We had a look in the Catholic Cathedral and took a photo inside as well as one of Hiroe on the steps.
There are quite a number of statues of bulls all around Rockhampton (It’s the beef capital of Australia – well that’s what they claim).
Tuesday arrived and after exchanging a gas bottle for the caravn we drove to the local shopping centre in search of a chemist. Well after about 45 minutes we finally tracked one down then had to wait a further 40 minutes to have the prescriptions filled.
Next stop was to the heritage Train and steam tram station museum which was very interesting. The station was built in 1899.
We then went for a walk around the historic centre of Rockhampton. There are some very nice old building in the city.
After having lunch we drove to have a look at Kershaw Gardens. We had been here before and unfortunately these gardens are in pretty poor shape and lack of care is evident. Still we had a good time walking around.
Wednesday 11th Sep. This is to be our lst full day at Rockhampton so we decided to do the Capricorn Tourist drive out to Yeppoon etc. The first stop was at Yeppoon Beach for a couple of photos. There wasn't any surf whatsoever here.
We drove around the town then on to Rosslyn Bay to have a look at the marina there and also an interesting rock outcrop. You can see that this was sedimental rock which has been forced to tilt by an earth movement in the past.
Continuing on we came to Emu Park. We actually stayed here on the beach many many years ago. Everything is built up now. We visited the "Singing Ship" sculpture which was mad to commemorate Captain Cooks visit to the area in 1770.
We had lunch (fish and chips) before returning to Rockhampton and the caravan park. It is very hot today (35 deg C).