We awoke in Airlie Beach with a sense of urgency as we knew our next stop was nearly nine hours of driving away. After utilizing the free internet one last time to book our accommodations over the next few days, we left Airlie, knowing it was one of our favorite places to stay. We were already behind schedule after a late start, but I knew the road trip would be tons of fun because Anne and I always make the best of any road trip. We make up songs and have awesome chats. As we drove through Rockhampton, the sun began to set and I knew that I was in for my first night-driving experience in Australia. Before we left home, I'd made a conscious decision not to drive at night when at all possible since a lot of the native animals are nocturnal, making it much more dangerous to drive at night. If you think hitting a whitetail deer is bad, you should see what a kangaroo could do. We've also learned that if you hit a kangaroo while driving, its the law that you have to reach inside its pouch to save any possible joeys. We did get excited to spot our first wild kangaroos out in the field and even in the middle of a school's outdoor running track. The huge semi-trucks made the winding, narrow roads seem even more dangerous. We were relieved to finally arrive in Agnes Water around 9pm. Our accommodations were a pleasant surprise after such a long drive. We were greeted by a beautifully furnished 3-bedroom, 2-bath condo with a spacious balcony overlooking the ocean. We celebrated our arrival with a bottle of wine before calling it a night.