Wednesday 15th October, (Bundaberg).
We had a trip to the local Botanic Gardens today, this is something we usually do in each city, but I do not often mention them. I mention this one because it was a little different with one lake still looking rather natural, but it contained trees full of nesting birds.
Tuesday 14th October, (Gladstone, Bundaberg).
Perhaps the Bathurst race being run on the weekend is the reason I haven’t put pen to paper. We moved from Cania gorge to Gladstone on Friday purely for the fact that Bathurst was on and I had every intention of watching it. It was a good race to watch and the weekend is now over.
We moved from Gladstone today with the idea of staying at a small coastal town called Seventeen Seventy but when we got there we changed our mind and went on to Bundaberg. At 1770 the campgrounds, caravan parks, were too expensive, there was no mobile coverage, no TV, and the parks were very full so we decided that a stay in later times when mobile and TV will be available, which will be soon. Because the parks were full at this time of year it seems we will have to make a booking when we do return.
Three days here will see us out this visit, and then we will check out a couple of other small coastal towns, Woodgate and Tin Can Bay, on our way south toward Brisbane with the idea of possibly staying at them.
Wednesday 8th October, (Cania Gorge).
Another walking day today, about 8-10k and my legs are telling me they had enough.
One walk we went on up a small hill gave us some spectacular views of sandstone formations.
Monday 6th October, (Cania Gorge).
We are now at Cania Gorge, about 100k south of Biloela, and at first glance it seems to live up to all the hype we have heard about it. The caravan park gives one that country camping feel and has abundant wildlife. There are plenty of short bushwalks and we intend doing as many as we can.
Tuesday 7th October, (Cania Gorge).
Walking was the order for today, and the walks we did do were very good. The gorge itself is not over apparent as the growth within the gorge is large and blocks the view somewhat.
The weather was rather overcast during our walk as became quite obvious to us three quarters the way through the walk. It started raining while we were visiting one of the caves, so rather that get wet we thought this would be an ideal time to have lunch while under shelter and wait for it to stop raining. It was decided after lunch that if we waited for the rain to stop we may be there all day so there was no option to walk out in the wet. The only problem with this was that the temperature had dropped a fair bit due to the rain and now we were wet we were rather cold. A change of clothes and a heater turned on overcame the problem.
Most of the rest of the day was taken up sorting through kid’s photos for Linda to make an album for Louisa for Xmas.
Sunday 5th October, (Biloela).
We are now wishing that we had not bypassed Rolleston and Moura and stayed at one of those towns and passed by Biloela. The whole township does nothing for either of us and we were very disappointed with our sightseeing today.
We went to have a look at Callide dam, mine and power stations; We could not find a spot to get a decent shot of the dam, the lookout over the mine was surrounded by a wire mesh fence and not conducive to good photography, and there was not a good spot to get shot of the power stations.
We then visited an attraction called the Silo, a mining and agriculture exhibition, and even that was rather disappointing. They have quite a few displays on the workings of electrical devices, quite simple ones at that, and I looked forward to use my knowledge and explain to Linda how these devices worked. The disappointing part is that a number of these displays were non-functional having a sign stating they were under repair and will be working soon. It was too much of a coincidence that so many devices decided to fail at once I thought. We also found that the animals on display were also not present, or they were hiding under the bushes.
Collectively, with us not being completely happy with the caravan park and township itself, we have not over enjoyed our stay here at all. We were fortunate that we hadn’t paid for our park booking due to us being unsure of the duration of our visit, we had considered a full week, so we only paid for two days and we are moving tomorrow.