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    • Day 181

      Bacon fest

      August 21, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      So on Saturday I came back to back and Craig and we went to bacon fest on Saturday which was really great.
      There was all sorts there as well as a big smokery competition and even taste testing which if you know me I could never say no to.
      Had some ribs and thet were soooooo good could have eaten the lot!
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    • Day 19

      Nowra later

      November 19, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

      We finished up our retreat with lunch, said our goodbyes, and hopped in the car. Blindly following the directions on Google maps, we headed south along the coast. About an hour into the drive, we came to the sea cliff bridge. Built in the early 2000’s, the bridge moves the road out over the ocean. This then creates a space for rock slides to crash down, without doing any damage to the road. (CDOT should take note for Glenwood Canyon.) It is a surreal experience to be out over the water, as you take a couple of large curves along the coastline. After winding our way around the bridge, we parked and went back to the observation area to take a look at the bridge. I was impressed with the engineering but more taken by the cloudless, blue sky and the whitecaps on the ocean.

      Our next stop was the Kiama blowhole. The attraction is found at the very tip of coast that jets out from Kiama, a small beach town. The wind blew hard, but the day was still warm. Atop the cliff sits a tall lighthouse, then the path drops down the rocks into a viewing area. We waited for the spouting water but nothing happened, so we walked along the cliffs. The ocean waves crashed against the coast, shooting white foam high into the air. We were mesmerized by the sights and sounds but eventually walked back toward the blowhole. Just as we arrived, the roar of the underground channel culminated in a shot of water. We stuck around for a while, waiting and watching, but none were as high as the first one. You know, the one when we didn’t have our cameras trained on the hole.

      The drive has reminded me of Highway 1 in California. The road is windy and hilly and offers amazing views. There’s also some really nice properties along the way. We finished our drive in Nowra. We stopped in at Woolys (aka Woolworths) to grab some food to take to the hotel. We’re staying at a 1950’s style motor lodge along the coast. It’s super cute and has an actual key with the little keychain thingy with the room number on it. Bill Bryson wrote that Australia is about 50 years behind America, and this is just another example supporting his theory.
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    • Day 17

      Jump for joey

      November 17, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 70 °F

      We packed up our things and said goodbye to Penrith. We’re starting our slow drive down south, starting with a weekend retreat in Long Point. But before we get too far, we decided to spend the day at Featherdale Wildlife Park.

      I have a vague memory of the park from my visit in 2006. The collection is everything Australian: koalas, kangaroos, wombats, wallabys, Tasmanian devils, etc. We decided to buy the photo with the koala, since we wanted to get close to one. We wandered the park for a couple of hours. I think we could have stayed at the koala section for the entire time. We intently watched a mother with her joey clinging to her back. She didn’t seem bothered by the cling-on and appeared to easily move around with the extra weight. We also saw a little joey in a kangaroo pouch. His hairless tailed poked out of the pocket and made his mother look more like an excited male kangaroo. The joey eventually flipped around and poked his tiny head into the sunlight. We could see little ears for a bit, before he rolled over agin and dove headlong into the pouch; once more, not quite getting his tail to follow. Did you know that a female kangaroo can be dealing with three young at once. It’s possible for the kangaroo to be pregnant, have one in the pouch, and have a third out of the pouch but still nursing. I have a new respect for moms kangaroos.

      As we entered another enclosure, we saw an albino wallaby. I suspect they’re probably very rare, and this one certainly looked unusual compared to the others. We moved just up the path and with a cup of kangaroo feed, we held our hands flat and let them eat out of our palms. The little ones were gentle, doing more of a vacuum move, while a large gray kangaroo slobbered all over my hand. Luckily, hand washing stations are thoughtfully placed around the park just for situations like this. During our wandering, we discovered that echidnas are quite fast, Australia has some wickedly weird birds, and wombats sleep a lot.

      Our photo session with the koala was a high point. She was very friendly and allowed us to pat her bum. She was as soft and fluffy as any koala looks, and those ears! So cute.

      After lunch, we headed to Long Point to meet up with Lauren, Pat, Angelique and others for a relaxing weekend.
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    • Day 90

      Driving Part of the Country Way

      November 17, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      First thing on the agenda today was to try to print out our early voting forms that we’d had sent to us via email so we can have our vote count in the upcoming Victorian election. The park owners allowed us to use their computer, and we managed to print out mine, but not Gadi’s.

      We had a couple more things to see in town, so we packed up ready and then went to see the statue of Mary Poppins. Author P L Travers (Helen Lyndon Goff) was born in 1899 in Maryborough and emigrated to England when she was 25, where she wrote the much loved Mary Poppins series. Walt Disney famously spent 20 years trying to convince P L Travers to sell him the movie rights, which she eventually did, and its said she hated the resulting movie. The 2013 movie Saving Mr Banks was about Disney’s struggle with Ms Travers.

      Next stop was the national trust held Brennan and Geraghty’s general store, established in 1871 by two brothers in law, remaining in the same family for 101 years until it closed its doors in 1972 with over 50,000 stock items still on its shelves as well as many years of ledgers and records meticulously recorded by hand. Walking though the shop front, original office and the two store rooms behind is like walking through a time warp, with many well known brands, old tins, glass bottles, hessian sacks and boxes of goods displayed as they were when the store was open. In those days there were no use by dates on goods so some products date back to the 1890s.

      And now it was time to say goodbye to Maryborough. We hooked up the caravan and began our journey for today along a small part of a longer route that is known as the Country Way; the entire journey takes you from Rockhampton in Queensland’s north to Sydney in NSW.

      We made our way through cute little country towns, stopping in Goomeri for lunch at the bakery and then Kingaroy to check out a local lookout (not so exciting) and the local peanut van as Kingaroy is the peanut capital of Australia, with two large processing plants and the small 50 year old family run peanut van, which sells flavored peanuts. We tasted a variety including smoked, salted, honey, honey and ginger and ended up buying 1kg plain roasted in the shell - more fun shelling them!

      It was getting late by now and, while the sun was still strong, we could see the blackening clouds that we’d seen on the BOM app were threatening a huge storm in the area, so we quickly drove to the next town, Nanango, and stopped at the rest area in town just as a huge gust of wind started a massive sand storm and then the rain hit suddenly and hard. Within an hour, the rain had stopped snd we opened up the door to find ourselves surrounded by huge puddles. We could see online that the storm had hit even harder in areas very close to where we’d been including Gympie, Kilcoy and Toowoomba (where we will be tomorrow), with golf ball sized hailstones, as well as bringing down power lines and huge trees.

      We bunkered down for the night, threw open all the windows to get some of the cool air into the caravan and sat down to eat some of those Kingaroy peanuts with some delicious North East Victorian sticky tokay.

      Eventually we put the nuts away and cooked dinner before relaxing for the evening.

      Night night from Nanango in the South Burnett region of Queensland. We are moving ever southwards xx
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    • Day 43


      August 28, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Well a quiet day driving through a number of small towns before resting in Kingaroy ahead of our trip into Maroochydore.

      Travelled through Wallumbrilla - Yuleba - Channing - Jackson - Drillham - lunch in Chinchilla - Durong - Wooroolin - Memerambi - KingaroyRead more

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    Kingaroy, KGY, 金格羅伊

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