|Bustard bay from round hill headland at 1770|
|Miriam Vale Hotel|
Jim was hoping to watch a game of rugby on the T.V at the Miriam Vale Hotel, so we parked in the car park opposite, where we stayed for the night. Unfortunately the game was not televised so listened to it on the radio. The hotel cooked dinner for us, It was a great end to a enjoyable day.
|Calliope river free camp on the old Bruce highway|
|foggy morning on the |
Awoke to a foggy morning, very spooky while walking the dogs. This picture of the Calliope river looks like a thermal spring, it's not though, only fog.
Went fishing today but nothing to be had.
|Calliope river below the old |
Bruce highway bridge
The weather is just great!! 29 degree during the day, the evenings and nights are a bit cool though with 7 to 10 in early am.
|Calliope River road bridge|
down stream of the camp site
Apparently 13 is an unlucky number. Well, we were going to make tracks this morning but couldn't start the bus!! the batteries are over 2 years old and had it. They have been a bit quirky in the cold weather over the last couple of weeks but thought they would last a bit longer, not to be.
Any way, we called a mobile battery bloke who arrived about 2 hours later and installed 2 new batteries. Too late to go any where now so will stay another day.
Met up with a couple yesterday afternoon that we previously met at Julia Creek in 2013, Deb and Greg and their little cocker spaniel, Crystal. They asked me to look after the dog while they went out for the day, no problem, she is a cute pup and Dot and Yip got on with her O.K.
|big bull in the round-a-bout|
coming in to Rockhampton
|Yip is very comfy in the bus on the |
way to Marlborough
|Chrysoprase in a huge rock|
on display in a park in
|The rock and Dot at Marlborough|
Taking the dogs for a walk later in the day I came across a park with this huge rock in it. all fence off, so I thought it must be something special. It was donated by the local mining company for display by the community with a nice sample of the gem which is embedded in it. It is called Chrysoprase, looks a little like Opal. Another piece of Australia we have had the privilege to see. Informative day and fun too!
|Memorial at Croydon 12/11/1956|
commemorating the Olympic torch
relay Sarina to Marlborough highway
To Lotus Creek (Where??)
A road house in the middle of nothing!! and a camping area where we are headed today. On the way we came across this memorial of the 1956 Olympic games and the torch relay on the Sarina to Marlborough highway. Yonks ago but a pleasant reminder of the things mankind does for sport.
|100km north of Maryborough|
Yip looks at Lotus Creek roadhouse
We reached Lotus Creek to find nothing!! well, almost! only the roadhouse and camping area. We rested here for the night with a powered site at $20.00.
Since heading out this way we have noticed how much drier the land is, the stock we pass seem to look good, but the grasses are all brown and dry and none of the creeks or water courses have any water in them. A vast difference to the eastern coast area we have been through.
|Lake Elphinstone with a knarly|
old tree at the edge
|Our rig at Lake Elphinstone|
We have had 3 days at the lake and never caught anything in the pots. Moving on tomorrow, the cool misty rainy days have chased away. We will make for Collinsville in the morning.