23/5/2005

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It's a tough life (pt 2: Rockhampton, Emu Park and Great Keppel Island)

...continued from Part 1 (well, duh)

I was starting to grow roots in Agnes, so I decided it was time to move on. I drove to Rockhampton, and ended up sleeping in the car, as I got in rather late. As a result, I was woken up by the sun fairly early, so I went for a drive and explored the town (which didn't take long).

I happened upon a strange structure in the river the Fitzroy River Barrage. Took some arty photos, one of which is attached. It rather reminded me of something from Half Life 2, for those who know it. Thankfully, the tranquil morning was not spoiled by large striding tripod aliens with huge guns and bad attitudes. (non-nerds, just ignore and keep reading).

Rocky isn't actually that exciting though, so I moved on, to a spot called Emu Park, which is quiet and coastal basically. There is a memorial to Capatain Cook here which has tuned pipes as part of it's structure, so it sings dolefully when the wind blows.

From there I hopped over to Great Keppel Island, where I was originally going for one night. In the end I spent four days and three nights there.

Great Keppel is, basically, bloody paradise. I was lucky with the weather (it was perfect, thank you very much), but nonetheless, everywhere you looked was a postcard.

I basically spent the time snorkelling in the sun, lying in the sun, walking on largely deserted and untouched beaches, watching the sunsets (each more gorgeous than the last), and relaxing in the evening with some of the best pizza I've ever had, and a few beers.

The snorkelling is amazing there there's no need to dive as you can just swim over reef, which is like being in an aquarium full of tropical fish.

I lost count of how many turtles I saw including plenty that were not at all worried about me diving down and hanging out next to them. I also saw a Leopard Shark (http://tinyurl.com/9wfb5), more stingrays than I can count (including some big buggers but I still haven't seen a Manta), and squillions of fish, big and small. And of course, nice coral.

I spent one of the four days trekking across to the far side of the island with a couple of other guys. We had a beach all to ourselves with a fantastic bit of reef (photo attached to annoy you). It was quite a mission as the island is big and hilly in places, but well worth it. The phrase "how's the serenity..." came to mind often.

Anyway, that's me pretty much up to date. I'm starting to get used to this tropical paradise nonsense, even if the east coast is one big backpacker train between Cairns and Sydney (I keep running into the same people again and again). It'll be nice to get of the beaten track a little, but for now, hell, life is pretty good.

I've also finally gotten off my bum and stuck up some content on my website. See - well, here really! Each time I send an email, it'll end up here too with more photos to annoy you. If you'd like a full size version of any of my pics, just let me know. Carl - I shall also post the emails and pics on your site when I get a chance.

You may also have noticed that I've put Google ads on my site, in an effort to sell out and generally cheapen myself morally, whilst richening myself financially. So far it's going fantastically - I'm apparently $US2.67 richer. At this rate, within a few thousand years, I'll never have to work again.

Anyway, hope all is well back in the world. Once again, feel free to write to me.



All images in this gallery:
Fitzroy River Barrage, Rockhampton
Fitzroy River Barrage, Rockhampton
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Fitzroy River Barrage, Rockhampton
Fitzroy River Barrage, Rockhampton
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The Fitzroy River Barrage, Rockhampton
The Fitzroy River Barrage, Rockhampton
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Fitzroy River Barrage, Rockhampton
Fitzroy River Barrage, Rockhampton
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Fitzroy River Barrage, Rockhampton
Fitzroy River Barrage, Rockhampton
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Fitzroy River Barrage, Rockhampton
Fitzroy River Barrage, Rockhampton
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Fitzroy River Barrage, Rockhampton
Fitzroy River Barrage, Rockhampton
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Rockhampton
Rockhampton
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Criterion Hotel, Rockhampton
Criterion Hotel, Rockhampton
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Old customs building, Rockhampton
Old customs building, Rockhampton
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Valuebull, Rockhampton
Valuebull, Rockhampton
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Commercial Hotel, Rockhampton
Commercial Hotel, Rockhampton
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Captain Cook Memorial, Emu Park. The wind makes it sing a doleful tune.
Captain Cook Memorial, Emu Park. The wind makes it sing a doleful tune.
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Great Keppel Island as seen from Emu Park
Great Keppel Island as seen from Emu Park
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Yeppoon from the ferry to Great Keppel Island
Yeppoon from the ferry to Great Keppel Island
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Sunset on Great Keppel Island
Sunset on Great Keppel Island
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Jannuka, Great Keppel Island
Jannuka, Great Keppel Island
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Sunset, Great Keppel Island
Sunset, Great Keppel Island
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Couple on the beach at Sunset, Great Keppel Island
Couple on the beach at Sunset, Great Keppel Island
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The mainland from Great Keppel Island
The mainland from Great Keppel Island
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Scott
Scott
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Guinea Fowl and a chook
Guinea Fowl and a chook
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Guinea Fowl
Guinea Fowl
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Scott, Guinea Fowl and a chook
Scott, Guinea Fowl and a chook
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Peacock
Peacock
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Scott, Stephan and various birds
Scott, Stephan and various birds
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Peacock
Peacock
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Looking to the Lighthouse, Great Keppel Island
Looking to the Lighthouse, Great Keppel Island
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Wreck Beach, Great Keppel Island
Wreck Beach, Great Keppel Island
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Wreck Beach with fringing reef, Great Keppel Island
Wreck Beach with fringing reef, Great Keppel Island
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Wreck Beach, Great Keppel Island
Wreck Beach, Great Keppel Island
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Wreck Beach, Great Keppel Island
Wreck Beach, Great Keppel Island
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Wreck Beach, Great Keppel Island
Wreck Beach, Great Keppel Island
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Wreck Beach, Great Keppel Island
Wreck Beach, Great Keppel Island
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Looking east from the western side of Great Keppel
Looking east from the western side of Great Keppel
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Scott and Stephan after a good day
Scott and Stephan after a good day's snorkelling
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Sunset from the top of Great Keppel
Sunset from the top of Great Keppel
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Random people
Random people
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The main beach, Great Keppel Island
The main beach, Great Keppel Island
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Hundreds of tiny crabs scuttling away from me on the sands of Great Keppel Island
Hundreds of tiny crabs scuttling away from me on the sands of Great Keppel Island
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Balls of sand deposited by crabs
Balls of sand deposited by crabs
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Another beach, Great Keppel
Another beach, Great Keppel
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The underwater observatory near Great Keppel Island
The underwater observatory near Great Keppel Island
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Quartz veins in the rocks
Quartz veins in the rocks
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Interesting tidal drainage patterns in the sand, Great Keppel Island
Interesting tidal drainage patterns in the sand, Great Keppel Island
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Interesting tidal drainage patterns in the sand, Great Keppel Island
Interesting tidal drainage patterns in the sand, Great Keppel Island
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Interesting tidal drainage patterns in the sand, Great Keppel Island
Interesting tidal drainage patterns in the sand, Great Keppel Island
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Kookaburra
Kookaburra
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A magical sunset on Great Keppel Island
A magical sunset on Great Keppel Island
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Bush Stone-Curlew, or Thicknee on Great Keppel Island
Bush Stone-Curlew, or Thicknee on Great Keppel Island
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Sunset on Great Keppel
Sunset on Great Keppel
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Leaving Great Keppel Island
Leaving Great Keppel Island
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Leaving Great Keppel Island
Leaving Great Keppel Island
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White-lipped Tree Frog, Emu Park
White-lipped Tree Frog, Emu Park
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A White-lipped Tree Frog, Emu Park
A White-lipped Tree Frog, Emu Park
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Emu
Emu's Beach House
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Black Swan
Black Swan
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Black Swans
Black Swans
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