Published: March 28th 2011March 5th 2011
Woke up to a beautiful sunny day. Took some pictures from our balcony looking out to the ocean. We walked down closer to the water and took a few more pics before setting off on our day's adventure. We took the tourist drive from Yeppoon to Rockhampton. There was a really nice spot we found and stopped to take some pictures. We met a local lady out walking her daschound puppies and had a chat with her about the area. She told us about a lookout spot with a "singing ship". We went to check it out. There is a sculpture in the shape of a ships sails with pipes that the wind goes through to make music. IT wasn't windy enough for us and we didn't get to hear much music.
We got into Rockhampton next. It's the rodeo spot of the east coast. We stopped into the tourist information there. This town was quite flooded not long ago and you could see just how high some of the water came to form the river. The tropic of Capricorn runs right through the town separating the tropical zone from the temperate zone. We had to stop there and get
a few pictures. There isn't much else to see in Rockhampton so we continued on. We passed a golf course with some big kangaroos munching away on the grass.
We heard about this mystery craters place on the way to Bundaberg. We stopped in to have a look but decided we didn't want to pay the $7 to see it. Apparently these mysterious craters were discovered on a farm and they aren't sure where they came from or how they came to be about. It was really quite cheesy so we took a photo of the entrance and continued on to Bundaberg.
It's turtle nesting and hatching season and these turtles make a beach near Bundaberg there home. You have to buy tickets to go out and watch them at night as they hatch and make their way down the beach to the water. Unfortunately we didn't plan ahead as we didn't know where we would end up and all the tickets were sold out. But we got some info at the tourist center about the Bundy distillery.
Bundaberg is home to the famous Australian Bundaberg Rum. Not dad's favorite haha. But they have a giant bottle
of Bundy rum that I wanted to get a picture with. Anyways, we rocked up and the distillery was already closed but there was quite a few people around and some tents being set up. We found out that these people were camping out for the night to be the first people to get this new release special edition rum. Mom and I thought this was ridiculous and had a good laugh about how fanatical these people were about their rum. We snapped our picture and dad had a chat with the rum guy who told us that we can apparently get this rum in Calgary.
The rain had started so we didn't stay too long and headed to the other famous thing in Bundaberg; the big keg. Bundaberg is also famous for brewing ginger beer (no it's not alcoholic). It's really yummy so we popped into the big keg which is like a little souvenir shop and gives your more info about the products they make. We got there just as it was closing but managed to buy 6 bottles of the different pop they make. They also have a tasting bar and the girls behind the counter
gave us what was left of the tasting bottles as it was the end of the night for free. SCORE!
They have a guava flavour, lemon lime and bitters, ginger beer, blood orange, pink grapefruit, sasparilla (like root beer in a way), cream soda. All very yummy. We made a decision to push on and try to make it to Hervey Bay to spend the night. So off we went in the pouring rain. We got into Hervey Bay around 7 and found a travel center still open so we popped in. The name of the place is Charlie Bucket's and if you are ever in Hervey Bay I highly recommend going there. Such a great little travel office and so helpful. We booked our Fraser Island trip with him and he also booked us into a great little 2 bedroom apartment right across from the beach. We also got 2 fraser island glasses for booking a tour with him and a box full of candy! We were very impressed with this place!
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