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Rockhampton, Qld

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Left Cania Gorge and headed to our next overnight stay which was to be Wowan. But the caravan park was closed down. So we headed towards Capricorn Highwat and though we would stay at a small town called Westwood, but their caravan park was also closed. We weren't that far from Rockhampton, so we decided to call in and stay a few nights there.

Found a few points of interest but they were closed due to public holidays on Friday (Show Day) and the Monday. Still enjoyed ourselves and went for a drive out to Yepoon, a nice seaside town and marina. It's definately been found by the developers and it's growing fast.

One thing we did as go for a walk in the botanic gardens which are heritage listed and the small zoo contained in them. Really lovely, and unbelievable FREE. We ended up having an unexpected, pleasant stay.

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Cania Gorge, Qld

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We left Bundaberg Sunday morning and had a quiet drive through Gin Gin, then south through Ban Ban Springs towards Gayndah. We were going to stay there but it was too early to stop. I picked up some mandarines in Gayndah, and they were by far the best we have ever eaten. Wish we could get some more.

We travelled on to Monto and decided to carry on another 26km to Cania Gorge Caravan Park. It's on Cedar Creek, right on the edge of Cania Gorge National Park. Superb ! We didn't have to drive anywhere. It was just a 1km or 2 km walk to the walks to the sandstone cliffs, forest clad slopes and gullies and caves. We did a different walk every day. Wonderful. No mobile or internet.... Great weather - very cold overnight and early morning, but once the mist evaporated, the weather was a lovely 23deg, slightly overcast and balmy. We reckon it's the best location of any caravan park anywhere, (Cania Gorge Top Tourist Caravan Park). The owners Gerard and Margaret are really lovely people. A really peaceful stay.

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Bundaberg, Qld

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Bundaberg has been great. Lots to see including plenty of sugar cane. Weather has been a bit drizzly, but we have been able to dodge the showers.

Went to the Bundaberg Distillary Bondstore and did a tour - GREAT. We aren't really rum drinkers, but we found a Liqueur that has changed our minds. Beautiful !!! Also went to the Bundaberg Show on Wednesday and the displays in the pavilions were really great (especially the baked goods). Didn't take too many photos because most displays were behind glass and with the overhead fluoros there was quite a bit of glare. No matter, it was a really enjoyable day.

Gone for plenty of drives around the place - there is still some mopping up from the December 2012 floods, but most places are open or just about finished after the great clean up. The Burnett River is still a bid muddy to look at and you can see how far the waters covered the landscape. Awesome power of nature. The drive out to Childers was interesting too. A nice historical country town. Beaut old buildings.

We had a good time....

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Tin Can Bay, Qld

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It's said that Tin Can Bay got it's name from the Aboriginal place called Tuncunbar which is thought to refer to dugongs which frequent the area as well as turtles and dolphins. We went to the Dolphin Centre not far from the marina for the morning feeding of the dolphins, but only one came in. It was a beautiful morning, crisp and sunny. Didn't see any dugongs or turles, wrong time of year for them.

Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove (which are just a few minutes apart by car) appear to be mainly retirees and they are lovely quiet little towns. There are miles and miles of pine plantations in the area - around 20 minutes drive south-east of Maryborough (a city) and around 50km south of Gympie (a regional town). We went for drives to both of these places and the historical buildings are lovely.

Also took a drive out to Rainbow Beach and had a sausage sizzle for lunch on the beach. The BBQ facilities are excellent and so was lunch ! We took a walk trail to Carlo Sandblow which is a sand mass which overlooks the towering coloured sands of Rainbow Beach. Beautiful rugged cloastline.

Walk into the town centre is around 1.5km from the caravan park and the weather has held out beautifully. We also walked down to the marina which is gorgeous. The little bistro there makes an awesome coffee !

Really enjoyed our stay here.

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Nambour, Qld

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Drive to Nambour really pretty. Staying in a caravan park in Yandina, just outside of town. We were going to stay in the area for 3 days but enjoyed it so much that we stayed for a week. It is really beautiful around here. We explored the Moreton Bay region spending time at Bribie Island which has canals and new homes - expensive. The Community Arts Centre is great with local artists providing paintings, photos, pottery, glass etc at very reasonable prices.

We also called in to the Big Pineapple and were disappointed to find that the tourist shop has closed down. All that is left of it is a Sunday morning market. But no matter, we called in to the Ginger Factory at Yandina. Very touristy, but nevertheless a lovely place to visit. Gorgeous gardens and quirky shops as well as a lovely gift shop and cafe. We did find it quite expensive though. Over the road is Nutworks, the macadamia factory. They have samples of the different flavours of nuts and we bought a packet of our favourite - roasted onion flavour. Delicious.

We drove out to a small town called Eumundi on Wednesday and were lucky to find the markets were open that day. They are fabulous - really good quality and plenty of local crafts at very reasonable prices. Oh girls, you would have had such fun....I even bought myself a lovely skirt. There's also plenty of stalls to eat at as well with lots of choices. We walked till we dropped. Definately one of the best markets I have ever been to - I think even better than South Bank in Brisbane !

Thursday was a really wet, grey day so rather than stay in, we drove out to Maroochydore and decided to check out the shopping area. The city centre part is farly average for a country town. We walked over the road to the shopping centre and were nicely surprised. It's built on a canal with boardwalks on either side with eateries with the main shopping centre at the end. It didn't matter that it rained, we were high and dry inside. Also checked out Noosa Heads...too big for our liking. Too many people even on such a wet day.

Friday we woke to a beautiful sunny day and decided to do the Blackall Range Tourist Drive and went to a lovel botanic garden at Maleny. It's privately owned and is really beautiful with great views of the Glasshouse Mountains. The fellow who designed it is expanding it all the time with walks through the park and around water features all surrounded by magnificent rain forest. Wow. The town is pretty too, but so very busy that it was difficult getting parking.

What a fabulous area to explore.

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