ROCKHAMPTON is the Beef Capital of Australia – and the world – so they tell me, with over 3500 head of stock going out of Rocky every single week.
The drive up from Bundaberg is a good one. Good roads and great areas to pull off the road, too, when those wonderful road trains almost mow you down. You will not see anywhere else in Australia the sheer numbers of cattle roaming the roadways. Obviously not too safe when you are driving, but certainly great scenery!
Upon arrival in “Rocky” we were invited to visit the Gracemere Saleyards on one of their busiest days of the year. We were there for five hours and they put through 1400 head of stock in that time! Trucks, dust and loads of cow poo was everywhere so watch your step.
One thing we didn’t know about Rocky was that it was home to many, many salties (aka saltwater crocodiles). The river running through town is infested with them, so stick to the caravan park pool if you’re keen on a dip.
Definitely the highlight for us was the Capricorn Caves. Just a 15-minute drive north, and what a place. Great access for everyone, including strollers and wheelchairs. You can even get married while you are there! Luckily, Sheree already has that ring on her finger – third time lucky, they say!
PETER “SPIDA” EVERITT
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