Monday, July 21, 2003

Journey to Yeppoon

On the 31st of May my Dad & I picked up my Mum from the Rockhampton airport.

We had booked a holiday house on Todd Avenue near the beach in Yeppoon. It was a lovely house with lots of frogs and lizards to keep us company. Being close to the beach was great as well and we saw some fantastic sunrise and sunsets as well as armies of crabs making little snadballs! It was a great little holiday house and we'd recommend it to anyone coming to stay who can't put up with us!

The following day we went for a drive around Yeppoon looking at houses on the various rental lists. We managed to get rid of a few from the list but still had 3 or so good prospects.

On Monday morning we had an appointment with Angela at Ray White to look at a few of their properties. Jo had already seen most of these and as a result the property on Sandlewood Avenue went quickly to number 1. It was a big 3 bedroom house with plenty of room and a nice kitchen. It also had a double lockup garage and A/C which was a big plus.

We looked at some other properties later on in the day and it seemed obvious that the Sandlewood property would come out as the clear winner. That was until we went out with Susan at Cedar Park Realty. She showed us 3 houses, two of which would be great but one of them, Meilland Street was a great house but was missing a few features we were looking for. But being so close to the bush really appealled to me! After much thinking and a huge phone call to Jo, we finally decided to put in a bid for the house at Meilland Street which they accepted.

With that decision out of the way we could get into shopping mode and headed into Rocky to buy a Futon and a Bed. We managed to get a pretty good price on a Bed Settee and the Futon from Super A-Mart and also got lots of other bits and pieces from the local Target and Kmart.

Thursday was the holiday day! We decided to go to Emu Park, Mt. Morgan, the Rocky Zoo and Botanical Gardens and then Mt. Archer for Sunset. It was a beautiful day (as usual!) and we set out to Emu Park in the morning. Emu Park is a beachside town south of Yeppon which greeted us with some more breathtaking views of Great Keppel Island. We had brunch at the Emu Park Bakery and then headed up to the Singing Ship, a monument to Captain James Cook who named the Keppel area. On the way a frog in the middle of the road decided to try and jump up my Dad's leg. Luckily we managed to get ahold of the frog and put him out of harms way in a bush.

Then we headed toward Rockhampton and drove through to Mt. Morgan. Mt Morgan was a Gold Mining town and the mine there has been closed for some years and we'd hoped to get on one of the mine tours. Unfortunately they were all booked out so we amused ourselves looking at their Suspension Bridge and looking down the main street. If you ever want a cheap house and land package then Mt. Morgan is the place, we saw some for under $20000.

We came down from Mt. Morgan back into Rockhampton and headed towards the Botanical Gardens and Zoo. Entry to the Zoo was free and was quite good except that some of the enclosures aren't quite as animal friendly as those in Capital City zoos. We got to get up close with the Zoo's Koalas which was really cool. After that we wandered through the Botanical Gardens and down to the lake where a little kid and his Dad were feeding the ducks, geese and anything else that came along! We also saw hundreds of little turtle heads poking up from the lakes surface!

Mt Archer was next and we drove along the winding road to the summit of the mountain. We walked around the short loop to the top and watched the sun setting over Rockhampton which was a breathtaking sight. We then drove around looking at the houses on top of the mountain which had some amazing views. One house seemed to be a giant barrel suspended on the side of the mountain!

On Friday we collected the keys to Meilland Street and started moving stuff into it. But Saturday was the real moving day since we were asked to leave Todd Street early. The truck arrived bright and early in the morning with the Bed and the Futon. Most of the day was spent putting the furniture together while my Mum did a bit of cleaning around the house.

Sunday was my Mum and Dad's last day in Yeppoon. They managed to miss their planned flight back to Adelaide but managed to get onto the next one! Then I was on my own until Jo arrived!

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