On the way north we stopped in Capella to see their rodeo that they hold once or twice a year.
We were surprised at how much you can feel like you're in central USA cowboy country while in Queensland. Nice people and great entertainment. We had a real friendly (older) local approach our motorhome when we first arrived in this town to see if we needed directions. He really loved to chat! We bumped into him again the next day at the rodeo and he was as friendly as ever.
NZ and Aussie rodeo teams (NZ black, Aus in green)
A typical roadside view in central Queensland, pretty barren while spectacular with clear blue skies all day most days
After Carnarvon we headed north again through Rolleston where there were good free facilities for motorhomers, a really small free museum, a nice shiny windmill and a state school founded in 1871.
After Moura we headed south west to Carnarvon Gorge. This is a shot of one mountain that's part of the Carnarvon range, taken when we were about 50km from the start of the gorge walks.
Loads of kangaroos around Carnarvon park and many quite tame
Part of Carnarvon Gorge - this photo is about half way up the 9km gorge track (18km return).
This is a pretty spectacular gorge to see in the flesh. They reckon it's second only to the Grand Canyon.
Looking NW up part of the gorge
This bit was at the end of a side-route part of the gorge. They call this the amphitheatre as it's basically a very tall room surrounded by limestone walls. You go through a short tunnel to get into here.
More walls of the gorge
A few hundred metres before the gorge walks there was a short walk into bush to see Aboriginal rock art (stencil-type paintings). Spencer and Alia found a very large rock with gently soping sides to climb up on this walk.
Aboriginal rock art
Central Queensland Cactus
Moura Country and Coal Festival
Moura (small mining town 200kms west of Gladstone) have an anuual Country and Coal festival
Slap stick comedy show in Moura. The kids absolutely loved these ladies who did 4 shows over two days, the kids went to all of them.
These Crack Up sisters also did bull whipping shows and instruction lessons (that's Alia giving it a go):
Whip cracking contest for kids.
Piggy races. Our pink pig came 2nd.
In Gladstone with Naomi and Ian
Glass House Mountains - roughly 100km north of Brisbane.
We made an early morning trek up the mountain to get these pics.
In Aboriginal legend the mountains are a family of mountains (Dad, Mum, several sons) who have had a bit if a bust-up. In the photo above, Mum-mountain is on the left, Dad is the big one above Alia's head, he's annoyed and looking out eastward to the sea. The other mountains are the sons.
This is Tibrogargan mountain - In Aboriginal legend he is the father of the mountain family and is angry with his son so he is forever looking eastward to the coast, away from his son.
Gold Coast Beach 3rd Aug, 2014