Leaving Hervey Bay for our 380km drive Hervey Bay to Rockhampton was hard. I wanted to stay longer but the boss said “no”. Adjusting to the new time zone has been difficult but we must press on. But first, one more stroll down the wharf in Hervey Bay.

Hervey Bay Wharf Photo

This morning we set off for Rockhampton and I must say the Tourist drive 12 was quite lovely. Australian bush is so unlike our own in New Zealand but it has a natural beauty to it.

Australian Scenic route

In fact, even when we turned off onto the main highway, the scenic wonders continued with views of the sugar cane plantations, beautiful river crossings…

Australian Sugar Cane Plants

..and of course that magnificent red clay soil Australia is famous for. This country is vast and for the first part of the journey I really kicked back and enjoyed myself. About 70kms later, we arrived at the town of Childers, well known for it’s food production (Avocados galore).

Childers Township Australia

I really liked Childers, especially for this great little café which I totally recommend:

Cape Centro Cafe Childers

Kape Centro Café has beautiful home-baked food and shall we say, lovely women of mature year running it. The lady taking orders at the counter called me “darling”.  The kindness of strangers is important to a traveller. After leaving childers we entered greener pastures towards Gin Gin, where we topped up on petrol. In Australia, it always pays to keep an eye on the gas tank!

Towards Gin Gin

It was at this stage, the tedium of car travel kicked. Getting to Cairns and through to Port Douglas required stamina. Finally we arrived in Rockhampton, a city of historial buildings with ornate trellising:

Childers Historial buildings

Checked in at the newish Empire Apartment Hotel which is adequate for our 1-night stay, very clean and Wi-Fi included. I love views from our balcony.

Empire Hotel River view2

Hope sleep pays a longer visit tonight!

Happy Travelling.

One response to “Drive Hervey Bay to Rockhampton”

  1. Jan Roberts says:

    wow that is quite some view – nice! Is Michael prepared….. are we there yet lol

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