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Emerald to Bundaberg

sunny 27 °C

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Sorry about not saying where we went in the tile of the last entry. It should have said: Barcaldine to Longreach and return then on to Emerald.
I didn't provide a map either. Thought I would throw in another photo of the Crystal Trumpeters at Jerico.
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Day 25 July 20.
I took a photo of Georges vehicle in the mud this morning.
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This afternoon Hiroe, Bob and Pommy Bob went to have a look at the local Botanic Garden and when there found a children's playground and you guessed it Pommy and Hiroe couldn't resit the temptation to try out some of the equipment.

We then went back into town for a quick look at the rather nice looking railway station. The "Spirit of the Outback" train was in the station and when we talked to some security folk on the platform they told us that this train left Brisbane for Longreach (27 hour trip), but couldn't go any further due to the rain and the passengers had to be offloaded and taken to Longreach by bus.2016_July_..on_2__Copy_.jpg2016_July_..on_1__Copy_.jpg

Day 26. July 21
Departed Emerald at 9.00 am and headed for Springsure where we had morning tea. It has been raining a bit since we left Emerald. There are some interesting cliffs behind this small town - One of the peaks is called "Virgin Rock".
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One the way out of town we passed a large windmill in a park so we stopped and I took a photo of Pommy Bob standing under it. The blades are 24 foot in diameter and weigh 2.4 tonne.
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We carried on and have booked into the one and only caravan park at Rolleston.

Day 27. July 22
We left Rolleston just on 9.00 and headed for Moura where we ill stay for the night. It was only a 149km run and we have camped on the banks of the Dawson River. It is quite muddy after all the recent rain.
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We went for a short walk later in the afternoon and took a photo from on the bridge over the Dawson River of out free campsite
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We had a combined stew again tonight - George and Peter took charge and produced a lovely meal.
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Day 28. July 23
We left Moura this morning without actually stopping to look at the townsite and drove to Banana where we refuelled and again the only thing worth looking at on today's trip was the statue and story about the yellow bullock called Banana which gave its name to the whole shire and town. Did we stop and take photos - Well NO.
Onwards to Biloela where we all did some shopping and had morning tea then continuing on to Calliope for lunch a set up as this is where we will camp for the night. For the first day in weeks we have green grass under the van. It really is a nice place.
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Day 29. July 24
After a great night at Calliope George Pommy Bob and we departed - Peter is going to stay at Calliope for 3 days then head home via Brisbane.
We all continued on to Miriam Vale where we had morning tea together then George left us to travel to Agnes Waters and his daughters home.
Pommy and us travelled on to Bundaberg where we booked into a caravan park right on the rivers edge.
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After setting up we all went to The Botanic gardens at Bundaberg. It is quite extensive and has a small train which circles the gardens ans well as small lakes and a Chinese garden.
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From here we went to the Information Centre to determine what we will be doing here for the next 2 days.

Day 30. July 25
This morning the Englishman and us drove out to Burnett Heads Marina and Bundaberg Port for a quick look then on to the up-market village of Bargara which is on the Beach. Took some photos of Bob and Hiroe while we were there but unfortunately the sun was in the wrong direction and spoiled the view. Pommy had a paddle in the Indian Ocean in Western Australia when we were there a few years back so had to have a go here in the Pacific Ocean as well. We had morning tea here.
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We called in and had a look at "The Hummock" which is the only hill anywhere near Bundaberg but the view wasn't very good as the shrubbery etc has grown too tall.
We then went to Sugarland Shopping Centre and had lunch before doing the usual bit of shopping and returning to the vans for afternoon tea.

Day 31. July 26
This morning we went to the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. On the way we travelled over the Burnett River bridge.
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We met up with George to do the tour. The lass and guy who led the tour did a great job and we enjoyed the experience.
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After lunch we visited the Bundaberg Ginger Beer Factory intending to do a tour however, there was only a 'Self-Guided Tour' and that was too expensive so we gave it a miss.
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We then went to a Cooperage however the Cooper was way today doing demonstrations so we missed out again.
We, that's it for this entry. Stay in touch and we will be back soon.
Bob and Hiroe (and Pommy Bob).

Posted by Bobnhiroe 23:10 Archived in Australia

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