Rockhampton – Day 3

We spent most of this morning socializing.  The location of our site here on the river bank at Riverside Tourist Park means that a lot of people go past and we have met some really interesting people with interesting stories to tell.

One of our “visitors” this morning lives very close to us in Melbourne and previously lived near us in Ringwood – it’s a small world.  He is trying to convince his wife to try a fifth wheeler and we wished him luck.

We also spent some time comparing notes with the owners of the other Trailblazer fifth wheeler here in the park.  One point of interest is that the registration on their fiver is only 3 numbers less than ours – again it’s a small world!  Jane, Sally and Olive had done interesting things with the design of their van.  It is always great to talk to other owners and learn about their vanning experiences.

We had lunch at the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and were joined by some cheeky and brightly coloured park residents.  After lunch we went for a walk through this glorious tropical park and it was a wonderful way to stay cool on quite a warm day.  The sheer size of many of the plants here is amazing.

We returned to the Ute via the free zoo which has been incorporated into the gardens.  Although small there are some very interesting exhibits and plans for a major redevelopment in the near future.  We felt that having the zoo and botanic gardens together was a really lovely idea and it was certainly well patronized.

Lunch under trees at Botanic Gardens

Lunch under trees at Botanic Gardens

Cheeky friends at lunch

Cheeky friends at lunch

What - you ate it all!

What – you ate it all!

Oh dear - do they grow this big?

Oh dear – do they grow this big?

Some of the trees are enormous

Some of the trees are enormous

Tranquil Japanese Garden at Botanic Gardens

Tranquil Japanese Garden at Botanic Gardens

From there we explored the older part of town and enjoyed very nice coffees and cake at the Bluetruffle Gourmet Café to the sounds of Jimmi Hendrix.

Later in the afternoon we returned to the fiver to relax and watch the beautiful sunset, again.

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