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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton July 22nd 2008

Town of the butcher's industry. In every main entrance road of this town, huge plastic bulls symbolize the town's connection to this industry. The hostel I had there was the most relaxed and easy-going one I had so far; thanks to the owner, and his unshockable female clerk. As not many backpackers stayed during this season, we had many very nice chats with beers in the evening. During my stay in Rocky I visited the botanical garden and the adjacent zoo there (many species!!!), visited the diocese's main church and booked a tour through a nearby former gold mine. There we were driven in a small bus through the little village, which had the charm of an ancient gold-rush town in the 1850s. We were also shown the negative side effects of gold washing: mercury all ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton July 16th 2008

16th July 2008 Torrential rain last night. They rarely see rain here so everyone is very happy! I made a cheese toastie on the campfire this morning it was soo good! Mmmm. Amy and Hannah joined me to milk the cows and then Amy and Hannah collected eggs from the chicken pen. Amy and Hannah are off to go horse riding this morning. I'll give it a miss - yes even with my newly accquired horse whispering techniques! After lunch Amy was allowed to bike round the farm. I decided to join in on another lesson to see if I could get any better. I did 2 laps of the track and then gave up - Trevor agreed it was for the best. I just can't get to grips with changing gear. After taking lots ... read more
Hannah Getting Her Leg Over!
Oranges on the Orange Trees at Myella
Amy feeding the chooks

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton July 15th 2008

14th July 2008 - Myella Farm Stay in Barabela We got picked up from our hostel ealry in the morning and then picked up Hannah from Sweden who arrived late on her Greyhound bus. After an hour we arrived at Myella Farm which is pretty much almost in the outback - it is just the beginning of the red dust which you get in the centre of Oz. First thing we were shown was how to cook toast on the campfire and how to pour the water from the kettles that hang over the fire 24/7. We had to change into old farm clothes for the day - very flattering! We had brekkie and then we were taken to the stables where we were given a horse for the duration of our stay. My horse ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton July 15th 2008

15th July 2008 This may sound strange but I've always wanted to milk a cow and today is the day...hurrah! You have to get up at 6.30 am at Myella and have had brekkie and be in your farm clothes by 7 am ready for work. I got to milk my cow although there wasnt much milk as the cows had been with their calves over night, but I got in some practise. I had decided not to go riding today but Amy and Hannah managed to convince me it would be ok. Barnaby was pretty well behaved, although we found out that McCafferty, Trigger and Barnaby were all kicking horses and didnt like each other. We had a slight incident between Amy's horse and mine at a drinking trough but we managed to calm ... read more
Amy and Cutie the Kangaroo
Lucy and Cutie
Cutie Playing Air Guitar

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton July 11th 2008

11th, 12th and 13th July 2008 - Airlie Beach to Rockhampton I'm just going to gloss over the next few days as I am a bit behind with the blog and nothing amazing happended over these days. The only bit of excitement we had was when a man came into our dorm at 1.30am, used the toilet, switched the main light on, and then walked out, we followed him down the corridor and asked him what the hell he was doing as our door had been locked, he just walked away yelling obsenities. He hadnt stolen anything, we think he was just looking for a free bed for the night! On the 12th July we decided to get the night bus to Rockhampton to save on accomodation. Don't think we'll be doing this again as ... read more
Amy at The Criterion Hotel

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton June 24th 2008

Hi everyone, another day trip for Don yesterday, school children from Rockhampton visited Mount Morgan Mine itself. There is a daily visit available in Mt Morgan, I had been holding off going on it, but now that Brownie has seen it already, I shall have to go on the tour myself. The mine itself closed in 1989, but hopefully later this year, it is going to be re-opened, apparently there is still plenty of gold in them there hills!!!!... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton June 19th 2008

Hello! 16.6. Abfahrt Brisbane. Ich kann es immer noch nicht glauben! Das Semester ist vorbei und ich hab es nicht einmal richtig mitbekommen. Und schon befinde ich mich in Richtung Norden. Um 1 Uhr Ankunft in Noosa. Gleich rein in den ersten HostelBus - DolphinsResort. VOll Cooles Hostel. Danach 3 Stunden Walk durch den National Park. Sehr schoen, mit LiveShow von Delphinen in freier Wildbahn (sind durchs Meer gesprungen) und Koala in the tree. Am ABend gmuetlich kochen und Leut kennenlernen. Schlafen bereits um 11, denn als alter Fussballfan muss man natuerlich um 4:30 aufstehen und sich Oesterreich gegen Deutschland anschauen... Vielleicht haett ich wie Lydia waehrend dem Spiel einschlafen sollen damit auch die Oesterreicher wenigstens ein Tor schiessen... Danach nochmal schnell ins Bett fuer 2 Stunden bevor es zum Surfkurs ging. Surfen - - - ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton May 17th 2008

Our Stop Off In Rocky So, because of the miscalculation in our schedule (we'd been told that our Whitsundays trip left on the Sunday instead of the Monday) we had an extra day to kill before our next trip at Airlie Beach. We had an option to either spend the extra day at Hervey Bay, Airlie Beach or anywhere in between. We opted for in between. Browsing through the Lonely Planet, we noticed an entry for a town called Rockhampton and that in this town you could go to the Dreamtime Cultural Centre for an Aboriginal tour which included boomerang throwing. This sounded like fun, looked like a good way to spend our extra day and would also break up the journey between Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach. The bus left at around midnight so it ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton May 11th 2008

Hey there, Well we finally left our wonderful (and free) accommodation in Noosa. First stop in the backpacker trail is Hervey Bay, which is a couple hours north of Noosa. Hervey Bay is known first and foremost for being the gateway to Fraser Island. When we arrived we realized pretty quickly that 99% of tourists are here for that reason (the rest to fish on the 1.4km pier). So we were preparing to head out to the big sandy island (biggest and sandiest in world), and then we got a taste of the prices. Very expensive! We couldn’t find a deal for less than $300 so we decided to skip Fraser for now and spend the money at the Whitsundays (which are strangely a lot cheaper). The hostel at Hervey Bay was nice with a pool, ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton April 21st 2008

We weren't quote sure what to expect from Rockhampton, as the description in the Lonely Planet is 'a little bit city and a whole lotta country', but when we arrived it was a little like going back in time, and extremely countryish! We set out to explore the town the first day (seems to be getting quite a habit!) and decided to visit the Botanic Gardens on our second day - to be honest, I was a bit sick of Botanic Gardens by that point, but the description of them seemed nice enough, and there wasn't much else to do, so we set off on the bus journey. Definitely the best ones we have seen so far I have to say though - set in acres of land and with lagoons, some Japanese Gardens, a tropical ... read more
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