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Published: September 6th 2015
As we drove out of Rockhampton (on a new piece of causeway) we were confronted by yet another Brahman bull wishing us goodbye. There seemed to be bulls everywhere in Rocky; saying hello, goodbye, on buildings, everywhere!
We drove down the coast and left the Bruce Highway to enter Gladstone on a "new" road. This made it even trickier for Georgi to get her bearings, so we drove around the town of Gladstone and through the CBD, stopping to have coffee at what used to be a hotel.
Gladstone is very industrialised (and accordingly has the reputation of being heavily polluted) and the smokestacks were certainly pouring out plenty of fumes as we toured the town, stopping at the previously frequented places of Georgi (including the family homes).
It had all changed so much.
We continued south to Boyne / Tannum and drove into Tannum Sands which used to be a shop and a few holiday shacks way back in Georgi's days. Today it has shopping centres and resorts and everything else that a holiday town with a population of 5,000 needs. Boyne Island and Tannum Sands are now only separated by the Boyne River and the
Gladstone home of the Brown family
Steep backyard with drywalling completed by Georgi's father, Harry Brown (dec)
total population is approaching 10,000!
Further south we travelled and then headed from the highway back to the coast and north up to Agnes Water and on to the township of 1770. This was originally called Round Hill but was renamed 1770 during the bicentennial. We camped at 1770 in a rainforest caravan park where Brush Turkeys roamed the grounds with Straw Necked Ibis.
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