After Sammie's we made our way up to Rockhampton, which seemed to be the commercial capital of Queensland (or maybe Australia!!).
When we arrived it was night time and the surrounding hills had what looked like tracks of fire woven through them. We werent sure whether people were burning off or what but it looked awesome!!
I was expecting a small country town but 'Rocky', which is the Beef capital of Australia, turned out to be very close to being a city.
Upon looking on the internet I discovered it had 5 shopping centres!! And we counted 4 Mcdonalds in town and one within 10km (we've begun to
gaige the prominence of a town by whether it has a maccas and how many it has- well thats Dads theory anyways!).
While I appreciated the convenience of the shops and made the most of them, buying a good camera and other things we needed, all the commercialism seemed a bit too much.
The caravan park we stayed at was beautiful though. It was set on 4 acres of tropical landscape with 2 swimming pools and a jumping pillow,
much to Izaak's delight. Izaak also made a friend, Ryan, who was from Mackay, QLD and spent most of his time there playing with him.
We also visited the Aboriginal Cultural Centre where Izaak learned how to throw a boomerang and our tour guide gave us a demo of the digeridoo on a cave. We also learned about differences between Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders and different food and medicinal uses for plants. Izaak was wrapped to take away his own returning boomerang. And yes, when you throw it correctly it does return! It was interesting to learn about history and culture through the Aborigines eyes.
On our last day in Rocky we went and checked out neighbouring Yepoon on the coast, which was nice but even better was a seclude beach and walk we found nearby, I think it was called Twin Heads. We also saw the smallest crabs in the world (not sure what they're called).
That night we did indulge once more at Sizzler. Was so excited to be going there though! As a kid it was my fave place to eat, I loved the pumpkin soup. Well they still had it and had lots of amazing salads and desserts. It was worth the 40min line up to get it