My recent trip to Rockhampton to work with a client meant that I was in town from Wednesday to Wednesday including the Queen’s birthday long weekend. Staying at the Edge Apartments on the Fitzroy River it was a modern place to stay with a great restaurant and a bar downstairs. Picking up the local tourist information on the first night I checked out things to do.
I like the races and read that the Tattersall’s Gold Cup Day was being held on Saturday, June 11, 2011. Not having a racing outfit, I went shopping at Stockland and bought a new dress and jacket, picked up stockings and a bracelet from the City Centre Plaza and made a fascinator from a water lily I found in a shop on East Street.
After breakfast, gym work out, more shopping and a quick lunch on Saturday I took a taxi out to Callaghan Park arriving around 1.00 pm for race number 3. The weather wasn’t great, raining and about 17 but I was pleased to see the locals making a day of it including Fashions on the Field with the competition tied by what I guessed was a stylish mum and daughter. I had my picture taken for the local paper too.
I didn’t back a winner at the Rocky races but a hot tip for race 8, number 8 at Flemington won me back my small kitty. On my way back to town I stopped in at the historic Criterion Pub with tartan carpet, bare brick walls and loads of black and white photos covering sport, news and local events.
Sunday was a chance to sleep in, have breakfast in bed (made it myself so really not the same as having someone make it for you I know), gym work out and then a short 30 minute or so drive to Yeppoon. When I was fourteen, Mum, Dad and my 2 younger brothers and I went on an 8 week holiday driving from Adelaide to past Port Douglas and back down to Brisbane for the 1988 World Expo. On that trip we had stayed at Yeppoon for a number of days so I was looking for anything familiar. I really couldn’t recognise the town at all as now the esplanade has coffee shops, restaurants, bars and shops as does the main street coming back from the beach. I had a nice walk up and down the main street, along the beach and then drove around the town that was way bigger than I remembered with shopping centres, apartments and resort complexes. Actually it reminded me of a smaller version of Coolangatta – a version from a few years back – trendy and relaxed.
Rosslyn Bay and Keppel Bay Marina has loads of luxurious boats and provides a link to Great Keppel Island. Emu Park is a cute seaside town with beautiful views and lookout spots with the singing (I’d say whistling) ship.
Holiday Monday was a beautiful 23 degrees day with blue sky and a few fluffy white clouds and after a workout in the gym overlooking the river I headed to the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. The gardens provide a surprising oasis with a zoo and various themes – I especially liked the Japanese Gardens and lagoon (perhaps more crocodiles in there?). Kershaw Gardens would be a great place to ride or take your kids to play and a drive up to Mount Archer with a coffee at the top, provided views over Rockhampton and to Yeppoon.
With a couple of hours left for my long weekend I went to see the movie Bridesmaids which made me cry with laughter, really funny and pretty cheeky too. A lovely, relaxing weekend and I really got to know Rocky too.