So this stop was a weird one, I must say. Firstly I arrived at 1am, so after getting a taxi and getting my key out of the safe I had to sneak into the room as quietly as I could since it was about 1:30 in the morning! I also had to get up to the top bunk in the dark which was an adventure, but after a good night’s sleep I was up and ready to go.
Now, Rockhampton had been given two days, since there were a lot of places I wanted to go, but unfortunately you needed a car and there were no tours going out to Mt Archer or the Capricorn Caves, so now I’ll just have to come back with a car! At least now I know the good bits and where to go and what I want to see again!
I still got to see the tropics marker line, which was pretty cool, and afterwards I hit the Botanic Gardens and the free zoo, both of which were lovely. It was great to just wander around the gardens and have a fairly chilled afternoon. I then tried to go to the gardens nearer the hostel, but they were shut due to cyclone damage earlier in the year. It was a shame, but can’t be helped! Instead I headed into the city and wandered the old buildings, seeing all the cow statues and visiting a few museums and galleries. What was pretty cool though is that the train ran in the middle of the street. And no, I know it wasn’t a tram, it was a big freight train just casusally going down the tracks in the middle of the road. Very odd.
In my last evening there I chilled by the pool, taking a quick dip and reading in the sun before getting an early night since in the morning I had my next train journey down to Gladstone!