The Outback Tour (Oct-2018) – Day 1 – Rockhampton to Gayndah

This time we toured on 4 wheels instead of our usual 2 wheels, with the Mazda MX5 getting a run. Got to say we can carry more luggage on the old CVO Road Glide utilising the luggage rack on the top box than we could fit in the Mazda.

Today’s destination was the township of Gayndah in the North Burnett region of Queensland. Along the way we were going to get some photos of the old railway lines for both the Moura  and Monto Branches. Both lines were once quite active, sadly now they are just part of history.

Once we left Rockhampton we made our way west towards Goovivgen. Goovigen once a operating railway station and yard. The old station building survives along with part of the old rail yard. 

We pulled up for some photos and then ventured on towards Jambin where we captured some shots of the old rail bridge. From there is was a straight forward drive to Monto via Biloela. There is some beautiful countryside to tour through, it’s mostly rolling farmlands and scrub but it beats most of the scenery around Rockhampton. 

Getting into Monto called for a refreshment stop at the Albert Hotel, a grand looking country pub sitting on the corner of Newton and Rutherford Streets.

CHeading south from Monto to our destination of Gayndah it was time to get some more photos of some of old rail bridges and the old rail station at Gayndah.

The Ideraway Creek Rail Bridge is unique in its construction as an “upside down” bridge. The Humphery Creek Bridge takes a bit of getting to, I’m not sure the road is even gazetted. I have a feeling it may be a private access road for the local farmer.

After getting some more photos we headed into Gayndah to book into the motel. The best motel in town is the Country Roads Motor Inn on the Burnett Highway heading through town.

The town has 3 pubs to choose from for a cold beer the Golden Orange Hotel-Motel, the Burnett Hotel and the Grand Hotel. We always go for a drink and meal at the Grand, it’s claim to fame is it’s the oldest pub  in Queensland’s oldest town.