|Yeppoon to Port Augusta
I had intended combining all our stops in the first stage of our “homeward bound” leg from Yeppoon to Port Augusta, but have discovered that the software I’m using for our Journal can’t handle the mapping side of things if I do that. You have to create an individual “entry” for each stop, else it won’t appear on the map. So please bear with me as I will create a new (very short) entry for each stop on the way on a two-daily basis for the next couple of weeks.
Episode 1 of 9 – Yeppoon to Port Augusta
Yeppoon to Biloela
Yeppoon is 4884kms from Dunsborough.
The road from Yeppoon to Rockhampton was very good and the little we saw of Rockhampton as we passed through (bearing in mind that the city was completely flooded late last year) was all positive. The Fitzroy River bisects the city and this obviously broke its banks and overflowed into the city, causing all the chaos. We passed by the Botanical Gardens and saw the most amazing waterfalls, manicured gardens and green well maintained lawns and picnic areas. The road inland from Rockhampton to Biloela was really quite scenic and very twisty in parts as we crossed over the Great Dividing Range at a point called Mount Morgan. After crossing the mountains the landscape changes quite dramatically and we came across numerous fields of wheat and other crops. Cattle farming and coal mining would appear to be the only other industries in the area. There is a fair bit of road re-construction going on as a result of the flooding late last year and the roads in places were pretty rough and bumpy. The town of Biloela itself is an unremarkable little town, which obviously exists solely to service the farming community as well as the nearby Callide Coal Mine which employs over 500 personnel. The Discovery Holiday Park we are staying in is sub-standard (quite daggy) and badly in need of a coat of paint and plenty of TLC. Having said that, our ancient ensuite site was clean and suited our purposes, but I wouldn’t want to stay here for any more than the 2 night’s we’re booked in for. On the positive side the weather’s glorious – up to 23 during the day and down to about 7 at night.