We stayed in Gladstone because it looked like a central place to stay and 4 hours in the car was more than enough. We should've kept driving. This is by far the worst place we have stayed thus far. We were warned by the Lonely Planet that it's not the most beautiful place to stop. In fact, it said this town was solely responsible for the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef because it's an industrial coal shipping town. Luckily we were just passing through.
But, there is a story! L parked Lily in the designated spot at the campsite. Well located across from the camp kitchen where there were some people taking in early dinner. Normal routine is we park the car, plug her up to the power box, pull out the table and chairs, crack open a beer, etc. etc. etc.
L went to plug her in as I was setting up the table and he jumped about 5 feet in the air - but he didn't scream. He told me he saw a snake in the power box. I certainly wasn't going anywhere near it, so he grabbed a long stick to open the box up with again -- and sure enough - there was a snake staring us right in the face - and it even moved its head! This time I jumped. The 3 people in the camp kitchen were well entertained by this and one of them came over to ask if there was a problem. When we told him, he took the stick, lifted the box off and grabbed the snake with the stick. Then I screamed! But there was nothing to be afraid of. Yes, kids, it was only a skin -- but the entire skin and you would've been fooled. too as it was against a black backround. The head must've moved from the wind!
Believe it or not, we ended up staying in the same spot - but I slept with one eye and one ear opened all night. Luckily we didn't have any evening callers...
Got up exceptionally early the next morning to continue the drive north.