On the way from Agnes Water to Rockhampton the folks stopped for coffee and homemade date slice at Miriam Vale. A tiny little town with old weatherboard buildings and just a couple of shops but we noticed they had a free RV stopover site and an electric car charging point. They’re well set up for grey-nomad stop-overs.
There are lots of bull statues in Rockhampton, we passed a few on the way to the Riverside Tourist Park and set up on the banks of the Fitzroy River. A dog friendly park with all the usual facilities. The Silverback and I played ball a bit down by the river, where the Sparrow later noticed a rather disturbing sign about crocodiles. This little cattle dog will be sleeping indoors, with one eye open, for the next couple of nights!
On the first evening we walked across the bridge into town and around the north bank area. This looks to be Rockhampton’s main restaurant strip. We walked around for about an hour, but to go directly to a restaurant would probably have only been 10-15 minutes from the caravan park. The Boathouse Restaurant is dog friendly on the outside verandah and has excellent views up the river. We could hear an open-air music concert across the river on The Common. Someone called John Farnham apparently, not sure if he had his dog with him. The service at the Boathouse was excellent, no less than three waiters asked if I needed a bowl of water! The folks enjoyed their meals. Rockhampton sees itself as the beef capital of Australia. I had a trimming off the Silverback’s rare rump steak and, not surprisingly, it was excellent!
Having spent a few days off-grid at Agnes Water, there was a bit of laundry and other maintenance to be done the next morning. It was the Sparrow’s birthday and we went to Yeppoon for lunch. We pulled up at the first carpark on the foreshore and were greeted by a very welcoming sign outside the Vue Restaurant. Needing no further encouragement, we stepped right up. Turned out to be one of the best meals the folks had had for a couple of weeks. Tapas, nice drinks list and great coffee. I even got a sweet potato wedge! After lunch we walked the foreshore before driving back via the scenic route through the beachside communities south of Yeppoon.
Back at the campsite I resumed watchman duties, sitting on the step keeping an eye out for crocs, while the folks watched the football. Once again, their team lost narrowly!
Happy Birthday Sparrow!