Rockhampton to Moranbah

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Farewell Rockhampton
Well, after having heard about Moranbah ever since Merv and I met I finally got to see it! I had always been told it would only take about five minutes to see the whole town, but it wasn’t as bad as all that…

The trip to Moranbah was interesting. I had seen some of it before, but most of it was new to me. It was very dry, not a lot of green to see. In Moranbah they actually had water restrictions: people could only water using a garden hose for two hours a day except Monday, no watering at all on that day! I drove part of the way and we came across a kangaroo in the middle of the road during it, but it went so fast we didn’t get any pictures… Unlike what I thought before I moved to Australia you do not come across hundreds of kangaroos and koala’s a day while you’re driving.

Packed car
The best time to see them in dawn and dusk, but it is better to avoid driving during those times as you could damage your car considerably! The kids behaved really well on the trip so that was a bonus.

When we got to Moranbah we checked into the motel, unpacked the car, and then went for a drive around the town. Merv showed us the houses he had lived in (he grew up in Moranbah until he moved to Rockhampton in 1987), and the schools and swimming pool. We went for a drink in a club and looked around the few shops that were still open. Then we went for a swim, and back to the room.

That night we went to have dinner in the restaurant attached to the motel as there were no cooking facilities in the room.

Roadside stop
However, as soon as we had ordered our meals Jordan started to get quite upset so I took her back to the room to try and settle her. Well that didn’t work! She just got more upset, and after a while I decided to leave her in her cot with the baby monitor on hoping she would settle if I put her down. That sometimes works at home. I went back to the restaurant to tell Merv what was going on, and they had just brought out our bread so we ate some of that but Jordan kept crying so Merv went to see if he could calm her down. Just after he left the main course was brought out and I scoffed it down to relieve Merv again as Jordan was still crying…. Anyway, to cut the story a bit shorter: Jordan finally settled for a while but kept waking up during the night and we didn’t get much sleep. Amazingly enough Reagan slept through the whole thing and didn’t even wake up when she fell out of bed herself!

The next morning we had to chase up our breakfast as they had forgotten to leave it outside our door, but soon after we had finished that we were on the road again around 8am…

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Farewell Rockhampton
Farewell Rockhampton
Packed car
Packed car
Roadside stop
Roadside stop
Roadside stop
Roadside stop
Roadside stop
Roadside stop
Playground
Playground
If we have to brake really hard wh…
If we have to brake really hard w…
Snacks for on the road
Snacks for on the road
Roadsign
Roadsign
Dragline bucket sign
Dragline bucket sign
Dragline bucket
Dragline bucket
Peak Downs mine sign
Peak Downs mine sign
Peak Down mine
Peak Down mine
Drovers Rest Motel
Drover's Rest Motel
Motel Room door
Motel Room door
One of the houses Merv used to liv…
One of the houses Merv used to li…
One of the houses Merv used to liv…
One of the houses Merv used to li…
Mervs old school
Merv's old school
Moranbah pool
Moranbah pool
Drovers Reast Motel bar
Drover's Reast Motel bar
Drovers Rest Motel restaurant
Drover's Rest Motel restaurant
Moranbah Queensland
photo by: pms70