Memories in Gladstone

I mentioned in an earlier post that Michael and I spent 10 weeks in Gladstone, about 1.5 hours from Rockhampton.

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It was somewhat difficult for a number of reasons:

  • We didn’t know anyone initially, except for Jess (another one of us interns, who was in Surgery)
    • While I worked in Emergency and Michael worked in General Medicine, both departments were understaffed and it was always incredibly busy
  • It was really nice that accommodation was provided, but it just wasn’t home.
  • I was rostered alternating weeks of day and evening shifts. As a result, every second week Michael and I would go for days not seeing or spending time with each other.
  • No internet. Too much money was spent on mobile data.

With that being said, there were some lovely aspects of Gladstone, especially the people we worked with! Some really great and incredibly knowledgeable mentors that we hope to stay in touch with.

We didn’t eat out much but there were a few gems including Lightbox and Salt Rock – I’ll share more in separate blog posts!

Also, can’t forget Coffee Club for it’s free unlimited internet and perks of being a VIP member. What perks you say? Buy one hot drink, get one free – every day! Also, 10% off food Monday-Wednesday. The cost? Only $25/year!

The Coffee Club in Gladstone is super spacious with plenty of seating. We’ve popped in at all hours of the day and never had an issue getting a table.

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And, if you can’t decide on a dish, the chicken schnitzel is always a good option!

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Only a 5 minute walk away from our accommodation was The East Shores, a precinct that “spans along Flinders Parade and includes a water play park, waterfront boardwalk incorporating a viewing platform, barbecues and an abundance of green, open space to play.”

A breath of fresh air! A nice walk, lovely views, and so family friendly! Not pictured are the extensive playgrounds/water spouts for the kids!

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Photo at the park courtesy of Jin – thank you again!

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Gladstone also has its own gardens… Tondoon Botanic Gardens! An incredibly serene visit if you’re looking for some peace and quiet! There is also a restaurant to visit in Tondoon called Savour the Flavour, which I will also write about in a separate post.

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My handsome fiance 🙂

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There is even a Japanese Garden in Tondoon!

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Just sitting around enjoying each other’s company in the garden

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We worked hard and didn’t go on as many Gladstone-adventures as we probably should have (because we were always going back to Rocky for the weekend) but the few adventures we did have left fond memories! 🙂 Thanks Gladstone, maybe see you again in the future!

Cafe Bliss – definitely worth a visit!

One of the most popular breakfast destinations in Rockhampton, Cafe Bliss made the perfect choice for our visiting friends, Josiah and Danya, from Bundaberg. 🙂

And, with a stroke of luck, we were able to grab seating for 4 on a late Sunday morning without reservations!

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Some of the first thoughts that went through our minds

  • Welcoming service
  • This place is very cute. It’s actually the most girly restaurant we have ever been to – which is not meant to be an insult! Splashes of pink everywhere!
  • Very bright with lots of windows and seating distant enough to give patrons a sense of privacy
  • The location of the display cabinet immediately draws your attention, and filled with lots of goodies!

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Look at the menu… hand made scrap books! I have never seen this at another restaurant. Obviously a lot of effort have gone into these menus, a unique pop of character!

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I could not resist ordering the Breakfast Bagel ($15.50). Toasted Bagel with crispy bacon, fried eggs, wilted spinach & Swiss cheese drizzled with outback BBQ sauce and a side of hollandaise. Alright, as a Canadian, this bagel isn’t fooling anyone. It has the consistency of a dinner roll – super light, soft, and fluffy – certainly not a real bagel. However, it looks charming and the perfectly positioned egg yolk is a nice touch. Not to mention, It was delicious and incredibly filling! I would definitely order this dish again 😉

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Both Michael and Josiah share the same code: Always order Eggs Benedict ($15.50) when trying a new restaurant. Why? Because that’s the benchmark against which their other dishes can be measured. Poached eggs, served on a bed of wilted baby spinach & your choice of ham, smoked salmon or bacon set on a toasted English muffin with fresh hollandaise. They weren’t disappointed! Generous salmon and the hollandaise sauce had the perfect consistency and right amount of zing.

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Thanks so much for visiting guys! We hope you have the chance to pop by again soon!

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Unfortunately, my second visit at Cafe Bliss was a lot more disappointing. Came for lunch with a friend and got Chicken Flat Bread Sandwich ($16.50). Premium chicken breast, fresh avocado, crispy bacon, baby cos lettuce, Swiss cheese & garlic aioli on home-made flat bread with beer battered fries. Unfortunately, as you might be able to imagine from the photo, the flat bread was incredibly greasy, tough and chewy. In addition, my chicken breast was under (or not) seasoned and was too overcooked, leaving it bland and dry. The fries were great and crisp though!

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I am hoping that my lunch meal was a fluke, and it certainly won’t deter us from visiting again soon!

We are especially looking forward to a dinner visit with finer dining: Bliss By Night. Their dinner menu looks tantalising and we continue to see good feedback online. Check out their menu HERE.

If you’re thinking of a place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – would definitely recommend visiting Cafe Bliss!

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