The journey from Bundaberg to Yeppoon, north east of Rockhampton, includes a number of different aspects of Queenslanders' war service, including commemorating war nurses at one of the Bundaberg Memorials, a visit to the museum of an early aviation hero and WWI veteran Bert Hinkler, a memorial which doubled as a union rallying point in the mining town of Mount Morgan and an avenue of trees representing those lost in WWI on the beachside at Yeppoon.
|Duration||2 Days||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||399 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||One Way
|Mode of Travel||Car||Level of Difficulty||Unrated|
The Bundaberg War Memorial has a prominent position in the main street, Bourbong Street, situated within a roundabout opposite the post office. A memorial pavilion honouring the nurses of Bundaberg who served in both world wars is located one kilometre to the north near the hospital.
Cross the Burnett River to Bert Hinkler House in the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens and discover more about this pioneer aviator who began his flying career with the Royal Navy Air Service during WWI. Historic Fairymead House and sugar museum is also on site, as are the Australian Sugarcane Railway, the Bundaberg railway museum and the historical society.
Stay on the north bank of the river and take the Rosedale Road, which follows the railway, towards the rail town of Miriam Vale. The town's war memorial is near the station, opposite the hotel and the heritage listed fig tree.
Drive on north to Gladstone. Its war memorial is a relatively new one, located in Central Park in Goondoon Street. Enjoy a meal at the Port Curtis Sailing Club overlooking Auckland inlet. It was built by local returned servicemen and sailing enthusiasts after WWII, and is the destination for the annual Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.
Take the Gladstone Mount Larcom Road back to the Bruce Highway and head north. About 23 kilometres beyond Bajool is the intersection with the Mount Morgan road. On arrival at Mount Morgan, visit the recently restored School of Arts Building on Morgan Street. It was used for recruitment meetings during WWI and was occupied by American troops during WWII.
Mount Morgan's Coronation Lamp was erected in Morgan Street in 1902 commemorating the coronation of King Edward VII, as well as the soldiers who served in the Boer War. It was the site of recruitment campaigns, political campaigns and union meetings for mine workers. Its role as a war memorial was continued after WWI. The lamp was relocated to ANZAC Park at the junction of West and Morgan Streets after WWII.
Return to the Bruce Highway and head into Rockhampton. Visit the Botanic Gardens where Queensland's most expensive war memorial is located and spend some time at the zoo. Enjoy refreshments in the café.
Travel on to the beachside town of Yeppoon and visit its memorial in a park in the town centre. The avenue of hoop pines along the Esplanade also commemorates local service personnel.
|Start from:||142 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670, Australia|
|End at:||238 Goondoon Street, South Gladstone QLD 4680, Australia|
|Duration:||2 hours 43 mins|
|Start from:||238 Goondoon Street, South Gladstone QLD 4680, Australia|
|End at:||1 James Street, Yeppoon QLD 4703, Australia|
|Duration:||2 hours 3 mins|