Julia Creek Trip Day 11: Airlie Beach to Capricorn Caves







We’re on our way home now, starting with today’s long drive down the notoriously long and boring stretch of Bruce Hwy from Mackay to Rockhampton.

We start out early and make our way through the cane fields to Proserpine and then Mackay, where we have breakfast in a pretty park dedicated to the South Sea Islanders who helped develop the sugar industry in the Mackay district.

From Mackay we drive about 100km to Flaggy Rock. It’s a tiny town and from the highway all we see is the ice cream shop. You have to stop here if you are in the area because the home made ice cream is delicious! I had two scoops: lychee and ginger, and banana and cinnamon. Yummo.

After Flaggy Rock we drive  120km to Marlborough. Despite the large road signs indicating the town’s existence, Marlborough is also tiny. We stop at the Lions Park for lunch and a short sleep. It is clean and relatively quiet. I really needed the sleep.

On the road between Flaggy Rock and Marlborough there were a series of official road signs with trivia questions on them. It’s one of the fatigue management techniques being used to reduce the road toll on the road. Most people drive the 311km from Mackay to Rocky in one hit so it’s a dangerous road. The lack of variety in the scenery makes it boring, increasing fatigue. I wish I had been able to safely stop to take photos of the signs. The current question is ‘What is the tallest mountain in Queensland?’ The answer is Mt Bartle Frere.

We had planned to drive to Yeppoon, 35km east of Rockhampton but see camping signs just 25km before Rocky at the Capricorn Caves.

The campground at Capricorn Caves is wonderful. It is a bush camp with powered sites and amenities. We spend our last night as a trio playing cards ( I won my first game this trip) and sitting around a campfire. Mum also makes my favourite dish for tea: a Dutch dish called ‘cold dish’. It was super lovely of her.

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