Thursday, April 19, 2012

Brisbane to Rockhampton Road Trip

Whilst most people think that the action happens to the south of Brisbane on the Gold Coast, the coast to the north of the city is equally well endowed with beautiful beaches, so if you can forgo the amusement parks and the crowds, why not try a roadie from Brisbane to Rockhampton??

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Day 1: Brisbane-Bundaberg

Brisbane straddles the Brisbane River, and is Australia's third most populous city. The climate anddiversity make it a very pleasant city to inhabit or visit..

 by Broderick Flickr Creative Commons

To head north, leave Brisbane on M1 then National Highway 1. Although this passes behind rather than through a lot of the beach towns of the sunshine coast, be sure to pick a few to stop at. Maroochydore is one of the major shopping spots on this coast, home to the Sunshine Plaza shopping centre. It is also a hotspot for surfing and hosts many surf carnivals. Noosa Heads has a famous northfacing beach as well as some small scenic bays, and the headland is covered in a National Park..

 Beach at Noosa Heads
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Back from the coast, Gympie is an historic goldmining town, where you can visit the museum to find out how the discovery of the precious metal saved Queensland. From Gympie, take the coastal route through Tin Can Bay, a fishing and boating paradise, or the inland route to Maryborough, one of the oldest cities in Queensland. From there, it isn't far to Bundaberg. At Childers, get onto Goodwood Road and follow it to Bundaberg. Bundaberg is best known for its rum distillery, and is home to a drinks company which distributes the delicious ginger beer by the same name. From the town, it is a short drive to many beaches, and the Great Barrier Reef is just offshore. There are several campervanpark facilities in Bundaberg, such as the Bundaberg Tourist Park..

Day 2: Bundaberg-Rockhampton

To begin the second leg of your journey, head out of Bundaberg on Bundaberg-Lowmead Road, then go right onto Tableland Road/State Route 16 at Berajondo. At Miriam Vale, go right onto Bruce Highway/State Route A1 and head north.

Gladstone and Lake Awoonga are both not far from the Bruce Highway. If you are a keen fisher, Awooga is the place to visit in search of barramundi. It also has great recreation areas to explore if fishing isn't your thing. Off the highway to the right is the busy port of Gladstone. To visit it, exit onto State Route 58 at Benaraby and get back on SR1 at Mount Larcom- this will add only 7km to your journey! fresh seafoood is the pride of menus here, so visit a local restaurant to try some.

 You could catch one of these!
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Back on the road, head through the small localities of Mount Larcom, Raglan, Marmor and Midgee before arriving in Rockhampton. This city on the Fitzroy River gets an amazing 300 days of sunshine each year, and has an abundance of outdoor activities to keep you busy. Quay street is full of amazing historic buildings, there is a botanical gardens, and Mt Archer National park fringing the northeast suburbs has amazing views of the city.

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Author: Doug Brown+

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