October 2015. Rockhampton & Koorana croc farm.

October 2015. Rockhampton & Koorana croc farm.

Date:Oct 17, 2015 Time: Type: Location:

Ride to Rockhampton & Koorana Croc. farm.

17/18 Oct 2015

John Alexander

 

 

Saturday started off promising enough with a little cloud and cool conditions.

Seven riders (plus Harry S for the day) departed for Gin Gin, for the usual drinks stop. During the next leg to Ceratodus, we followed a “pace car”(a Holden or Falcon 1   tonner ) going at quite a clip to make the ride interesting. After a short break we continued to Monto, via the small communities of Cynthia and Abercorn. After lunch Harry S returned (we think), the rest of us to Biloela for some decent fuel (premium). Around here ground conditions were reasonably green, but soon dried

Mt Morgan from the look-out

Mt Morgan from the look-out

out the closer we got to Mt Morgan. The view from the mine lookout wasn’t exactly pretty, with mullock heaps and evil looking green lakes, but the rest of the town has many historic timber buildings and a u-beaut Toyota Cressida in some ones back yard.

Old Mining area

Old Mining area

The range rd down from Mt Morgan is really smooth, and we soon found the City Walk Motel in William St. Rockhampton. This motel is surrounded by the Rocky Harley Shop and workshop, which we initially thought was not a good thing as they were having a party there that night………we were not likely to get much sleep.

We walked into the C.B.D. in the evening and the town was really chirping, something to do with the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne. But we found a quiet tavern and enjoyed a good meal. Returning to the motel the Harley mob were unexpectedly quiet so we had a good nights sleep.

Rockhampton from Mt Archer

Rockhampton from Mt Archer

Bacon and eggs at Bliss café in the morning set us up for the run up Mt

Archer,the clear air giving a great view of the whole of Rocky.

From the mount a short ride towards Emu Park brought us to the Koorana Crocodile farm for the morning tour. This was very informative and I’m sure we learned a few things about the animals.

The ride home was a bit of a grind until Miriam Vale, from where the Fingerboard Rd is always enjoyable. A cool drink at Avondale wrapped up a good weekend. Thanks to Warren for being tail end Charlie.

John A.

 

Sunbaking

Sunbaking

Feeding time

Feeding time

Big enough

Big enough

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