It was late evening when we arrived in Rockhampton. We quickly checked into Southside Holiday Village, situated on the other side of the super busy main road.
Tonight, we had home-made vegetarian pasta, cooked in the self-contained unit. It was a comfortable size but we pitied Shriya, who took one of the bunk beds.
I thought those beds were a little narrow and they were situated right at the door of the bathroom!
Southside Holiday Village
Lower Dawson Road, Rockhampton, QLD 4700, Australia
Tel: +617 4927 3013, Fax: +617 4927 7750, Freecall 1800 075 911 (Reservations only)
The next morning, we visited the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, located on Spencer Street in South Rockhampton, established in 1869. It was a bonus that there was the Jim Hindman Memorial Flight Aviary where we parked our car.
The most interesting bird that had our attention was the Southern Cassowary.
It reminded me of how we learnt that ostrich in Malay is burung kasawari. So, when I read the sign, I was expecting to see an ostrich, not this handsome fella!
There was also another one on the other side of the fence, with a little one tagging along. Look harder. It is there, camouflaged by the brown background.
Then, it was off into the gardens! There were many excellent specimens of palms, cycads and ferns throughout the manicured grounds, including these plants from the ginger family:
We stopped under the canopy of this tree, as we found the 'fruits' quite peculiar. Long and looked like giant chillis. Could even pass off as candles.
Well, well, Edible Candle, eh?
While looking for the little girls' room, we stumbled upon the newly refurbished Gardens Tearoom, which is located under Giant Banyan Figs. The imposing trees have large aerial roots, which help support their massive spreading branches. Beyond the Gardens Tearoom, picnic tables and free barbeque facilities are set up under other figs. Contactable at +61 7 4922 4347, they are open daily from 8:00am - 5:00pm, 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day). Light refreshments and souvenirs are available, and private functions are also catered for.
Rockhamptons Botanical Gardens
The Range, QLD 4700, Australia
Tel: +61 7 4922 1654, 1300 22 55 77
Open every day from 6:00am to 6:00pm