Happy Cinco De Mayo!
05 May 2019 | Yeppoon
We got a good downpour thru the evening. Spent the evening watching the movie, Lawrence of Arabia. Listened to some YouTubes at the same time. The movie was quite lengthy. It was after 11 pm when it finally finished. I know that I saw some of the movie, but not sure if I ever watched the whole thing. It was late before we headed to bed. Both of us slept well. Woke up around 7 am. We had a big comfortable bed. The hotel room was very nice. Not sure why it had the name of Oceanside as it was no where close to the ocean. We took our time getting up, having breakfast and packing things up. We dropped off the keys as we headed to our car. Our drive today was around 400 kilometers. Our first stop was at a little town's Woolworths to pick up a few groceries. We followed the Bruce Hwy on the PCW (Pacific Coast Way) the whole way. Our next stop was to fill up our fuel tank. There must have been half a dozen motorcycles also getting fuel. Not sure where they were going, but a lot of bikes passed us further up the road. We had a late lunch as there really was a long stretch with no restaurants or towns. We saw a billboard for the Capricorn Caves. There was a big restaurant called The Caves Country Pub, where we had lunch. Mark had a steak sandwich with the works. It came with tomato, lettuce, shredded carrots and other veggies, pickled beets, thick Canadian bacon, bbq sauce, minute steak, two fried eggs, cheese all on a large bun. Mark said it was a mouthful. Then there were chips on the side, which were really french fries. I had the chicken schnitzel with veggies of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, corn and mashed potatoes. I only ate half of mine and decided I could eat the rest for dinner. This was also on the same road as the Capricorn Cave and the Mt Etna Caves National Park. Our timing was off to take a walking tour of the caves for $35 so we decided to check out the park and it was quite lovely. They had some walking trails where we got some exercise. Then we drove back to the Bruce Hwy and headed to Yeppoon, which was out on the coast. We arrived at our motel around 3 pm and checked in. We dropped off a couple bags to our room. We noticed that our small bar fridge did not include a freezer. We asked if there was someplace to get ice, for our travels tomorrow. The lady at the reception said she could put our ice tray in the office fridge, so Mark walked back to our room to retrieve it. Then we drove out to the beach and explored the area. We parked up higher over a section of the beach called the Wreck Point Lookout and Trail. Checked out the historic plaques. Then on the next level down we found some wooden pieces that were a recreation of the shipwreck that happened in 1848 with the ship, Selina. The views were amazing. There were several islands offshore and protecting the beach. We climbed down the rest of the steps to the beach. It was low tide so there was a huge beach. There were a few people enjoying the beach. We took a lovely walk. The tidal range was around 14 feet here. Lots of areas with big rock were exposed with the low tide. We drove around to the next beach access, at the far end of the bay, and took another short walk. We climbed back up the stairs to our car. Then drove around to the other side of the bay to check out the marina. Just as we got there the high speed ferry returned from Keppel Island to Rosslyn Bay. We walked around one of the rocky mountains where a rocky breakwater was formed. There were boats moored with four support lines, with the differential of tide. They also had a floating dock marina in front of some fancy colored condo. We drove back to Yeppoon and checked out the water's edge. They had some beautiful wooden chaise lounges overlooking the water. There was a sailing club with a cafe venue that was hosting a wedding today. Mark walked further around and said there was a huge swimming pool on shore. We then drove back to our hotel as it was already after 5 pm. Across from our hotel is the Capricorn Tavern. Mark enjoyed an sg&t and we both tried our luck in their gaming room. Mark was the lucky one today. Mark carried our suitcase up to the second floor where our room was located. Our room is very nice. It is more spacious than some of the other places we have stayed at on our travels. We are enjoying their free wifi. It was a picture perfect day with no rain and a high temperature of around 25C. Thanks for the emails and messages. We appreciated the updates! Tomorrow, we will drive to Bundaberg. We plan to meet up with Rob & Lauren on Southern Cross!