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    • Day 31

      Hoch lebe das Ginger Beer

      March 8, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Mittlerweile sind wir bereits 3 Wochen mit dem Hippie unterwegs und haben 4500 Km hinter uns. Das heutige Tagesziel ist Airlie Beach, DER optimale Ausgangspunkt für Segeltouren auf die Whitsundays - mal schauen, ob wir noch eine Tour kriegen für die kommenden Tage.

      Nachdem wir Childers verlassen haben, besichtigten wir in Bundaberg das grosse Barrel von Bundaberg-Ginger Beer und deckten uns gleich mit einem Notvorrat, des wohl besten Ginger Beer‘s ein😎
      In Seventeen Seventhy gab es das James Cook-Memorial zu begutachten. An jenem Punkt soll James Cook 1770 Australien entdeckt haben.
      Im Nachtlager (irgendeine Tankstelle) kurz vor Rockhampton haben wir den Hippie wohl in der Fluglinie eines agressiven Mückenschwarms geparkt, welche uns während dem Nachtessen überfielen (man weiss, wie ungern Manu beim essen gestört wird👆). Also parkten wir um, auf die andere Seite der Tankstelle mit dem Resultat, dass unser Auto völlig versch.... wurde. Wir hatten es zu nahe unter dem Papageienkönigreich geparkt. Naja - lieber versch.... als verstochen🧐

      Ansonsten gibt es nicht viel zu berichten - wir fahren den Bruce Highway entlang - links Bäume - rechts Bäume und eine lange Strasse in der Mitte. Ausser den Revive Survive Schildern, die je nördlicher wir kommen, immer ,eindeutiger’ werden (z.Bsp.: ,,Rest or R.I.P.‘‘) gibt es nicht viel zu entdecken.
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    • Day 25

      Doing and Seeing

      July 24, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      We continue to go here and see there during our visit with the Davis’ in Mackay. Checking out some beaches, visiting Sarina, with some shopping, lunch and movies in-between. Staying out of trouble and having a great time in Australia.Read more

    • Day 126

      Sarina, Mackay & Finch Hatton, QLD

      June 24, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      And so with this footprint, you are finally up to speed.

      We are now in the sugar cane districts and it is sugarcane harvesting season. I did a tour of the Sugar Mill in Sarina and was rather impressed. Mostly with how clean an industry it is using mainly water and steam, but also how many useful by-products come out of the process; cane tops and molasses are used as cattle feed, bagasse as bio-fuel for the sugar cane mills and feed manufacture, and finally, filter muds that are given back to the farmer to fertilise and improve the soil on his or her fields.

      We tasted the raw cane, the molasses, some candy floss (they call it fairy floss here), and some liquors and ginger beers they produce on site. As a pre-diabetic, I had the best time at the Sugar Mill. With lashings of ginger beer, hurrah! Famous Five at The Sugar Mill?

      I woke up one morning and my eyes were swollen and sealed shut. When I tried to open them, they streamed with tears and I were proper snotty. Stumbled to the pharmacy and asked what was wrong with me. They put it down to the sugarcane fields being in flower which, if you're not local, can cause your histamine levels to spack out. I took an antihistamine, it cleared up within an hour or two and despite still being surrounded by sugar cane fields three weeks later, I've not had another reaction since. Weird.

      The only thing I've ever been allergic to are some Angora Guinea Pigs I once cuddled and rubbed my face in. That landed me in A&E but I got the day off work which was cool. I also had a huge needle in my arse, which was not cool. The nurses thought my colleague had sprayed me with CS spray when I was escorted in with my eyelids turning inside out. We were the only police response car available but had been skiving off having a cup of tea and admiring my colleague's petting zoo. Meh heh.

      I've been wondering lately whether Dick might be lonely or in need of some company. I had a chat with a local breeder and we got to look after 'Dave' the Dachshund puppy for a few days, as a trial. That little dude lit up my life! The cutest, sweetest, most loving, adorable little man I've ever met.

      Dick however, was not so impressed. He saw no reason why he had to share his mother or his food or his toys and made it quite clear in his own gentle, quiet way that he did not need any company. I was sitting quietly one evening when Dick strolled out from behind the van - with Dave dangling from his tummy, latched on and determined to not let Dick leave him behind. I gently unlatched Dave and rang Sue the next day. Most dogs would not have tolerated that. Good boy, Big D.

      I reluctantly handed Little D back to lovely Sue, the breeder. That little dude had a blast with us. He adored Dick, followed him everywhere and used him as his personal warm pillow. I shall miss him dearly. Dick gathered all his toys together and rested his head on them with a big, satisfied sigh that he no longer had to share.

      I saw some Duck-Billed Playpus at Finch Hatton and the Gorge was amazing. Which is interesting as I remember being taught at school in England - that they were extinct!

      The showgrounds were at the bottom of gorgoeus mountains, covered in cloud each morning. Nowt much else to do though and no mobile reception, which makes for long, dull evenings so we reluctantly headed back into civilisation.
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    • Day 43

      Mackay to Rockhampton

      June 5, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Unfortunately we arrived late pm into Mackay and therefore only had time to drive through the city centre, leaving the following morning for a trip down the Bruce Highway to Rockhampton. The Southern Great Barrier Reef lies East to the highway which unfortunately is far too inland for water glimpses. The town of Sarina, which does hug the coast line was our final glimpses of the water for the day. The area is a sugar cane centre as well as being a large cattle grazing area. Whilst viewing some picturesque scenery roadside picture stops were a challenge, therefore limiting picture opportunities.Read more

    • Day 81

      Sarina sugar shed

      May 18, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Last morning at Cape Hillsborough, then off to Sarina Sugar Shed for a tour on how to make sugar. We have been constantly amazed to see how many sugar cane farms there are in Queensland! Then a quick stop at Clairview for some lunch, not a bad view for our lunch today!, before heading to Yeppoon.Read more

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