Day 050, Monday, 18 May 2009


Distance travelled – 115.4km
Avg speed – 20.9 kph
Max speed – 41.8 kph

Gladstone, Rockhampton

Today’s leg is our longest so far.

We planned to leave Barney Point at 8.00am but eventually left at 8.40, which is pretty good for us!

On our way out of Gladstone we passed the NRG Power Station and Rio Tinto’s Yarwun alumina refinery. The road was quite good so far. Twenty kilometres from Barney Beach we stopped at a roadside bay to allow Mark to take one of his ‘Out House Take’ photos. As we were about to leave, Bruce, the cyclist we met in Rosedale, pulled up. He had been to 1770 since we last saw him and coincidentally had stayed at the Barney Beach Caravan Park last night.  We worked out that we must have only just missed each other at the exit gate. Bruce stayed with us until we reached Rockhampton.

We stopped at Mount Larcom for morning tea (chocolate milk). Lunch was at the Marmor Memorial Park where we were entertained by a horse playing with a witch’s hat.

As the day progressed the sky became more and more overcast but luckily the forecast showers did not eventuate.

As we neared Rockhampton we expected to find a sign marking the Tropic of Capricorn. Our calculations placed this 5km south of Rockhampton but we did not come across any sign marking the dotted line on the map.

We decided to stay the night at the Southside Holiday Village and arrived shortly after 4.00pm. We were looking forward to a good nights sleep. Bruce left shortly after we reached the outskirts of Rockhampton. We may catch up again over the next couple of weeks.

After checking in we went shopping and were surprised to discover the missing Tropic of Capricorn sign outside the Visitors Information Centre 200metres from the caravan park. 

Zoom into the map and use the 'Satellite' layer to see our new location.


NRG Power Station, Gladstone. Queensland's largest power station uses nearly 4 million tonnes of coal a year and sells most of its electricity to the smelters, the balance contributres to 15% of Queensland's electricity requirements.

Lunch at the Marmor Memorial Park

Lunchtime entertainment

Lunchtime entertainment

Main street of Marmor


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