Friday, March 16, 2007

The Honkers-Kiwi-Aussie Tour: Day 28 Rockhampton, Queensland, Au

Awoke to the sound of sulphur-crested cockatoos chatting in the garden. The variety of interesting birds here is staggering. To hubby's cousin Kathy's for coffee and cheesecake after breakfast at Jenny's. (Amazing how we have 3 sets of relatives in this small community in Australia.)
Visited the public library where Brett A. Jones has mounted an interesting art exhibition. See his website for more. We have lunch at a cafe on the beach and stop to take photos of a stand of trees covered with flying foxes.
We head north and stay at Rocky Gardens Motor Inn at Rockhampton where the food is surprisingly very good in the Ferns Restaurant.

Rockhampton, Queensland: "Rockhampton was founded in 1855, soon after the pioneering Archer Brothers settled at Gracemere, 6.5 kms to the west. It was named by Queensland's first Land Commissioner, Mr W. Wiseman, who was inspired by the rocks in the river.A mini gold rush at Canoona - 48kms to the north - accelerated the establishment of the city. Gold discoveries at nearby Bouldercombe, Mount Wheeler and Mount Morgan ensured continued economic growth of the region. Grazing, mining, farming and meat processing quickly developed as the primary industries of the resource-rich area, and Rockhampton thrived as the service centre.'

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