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South Burnett

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  • Day103

    Boondooma Homestead + lucky sightings

    June 25, 2017 in Australia

    Another great day. I feel so lucky that so much has gone right for me.

    Leaving Cania Gorge I called into the picnic area at the S end to check out a burrow in the creek bank I'd spotted yesterday - I'm sure it's a platypus hole, and it's been smartened up recently. But still no sighting.
    It was a nice morning - dew on the grass and the sun just coming up over the Gorge wall, so I decided to do the 300m Picnic Area walk. It runs along the creek, but most of the time you can't see the water through the vegetation. Most of the time. I can't believe my timing was so fortunate ... I saw a male platypus swim across the creek - that's a 10/10 sighting - utterly natural 😆

    I'd decided to take another slightly-out-of-the-way route down Highway 75 to a place called Boondooma Homestead. En route an eastern grey kangaroo (like those at Cania) bounded across the road about 200m in front of me. 4 hops, and no looking RLR. Again that's a cast-iron wild sighting, and not so close as to cause me any worries. When I picked up the van in Cairns I realised the reason they offer rollover insurance is because people swerve to miss kangas. I didn't take it (more expense 😯) so they told me not to swerve!

    This evening I'm at Boondooma Homestead which is a C19 cattle property - if it was in the UK it'd be owned by the National Trust. It's gradually being restored and furnished. One of the guys i met was brought up there. It's been an interesting and friendly stop, and I was the only overnighter - they can take 700 vans for large events!
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  • Day172

    Bunyas mountains

    October 22 in Australia

    Here we are in the Bunyan’s mountains looking at the Bunya pine trees. Absolutely glorious bush / forest. As you can see a very pretty place. They do a dam good coffee at the top in beautiful forested surroundings. The road up here was a good steep one had Bess on the edge of her seat and we have to go down now fun fun fun. Heading to a place down near the bottom has a pub and store that sells all home made goodies. Report on that latter.Read more

  • Day90

    Driving Part of the Country Way

    November 17 in Australia

    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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  • Day50

    Nanangan Qld

    June 22 in Australia

    Where??? I hear you say😄 it’s just a tiny little country town in the South Burnett region of Qld. We saw this on WikiCamps as we were making our way towards Kingaroy. An area that Dave is keen on seeing, peanut growing country and Joe Bjelke Petersons old stamping ground.
    Our original plan was to spend the day at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, but when we arrived there this morning we were told no dogs allowed anywhere within the car parks of the zoo, wether kept inside a vehicle or chained up outside. Of course our darling little dog let fly with a few barks when the car park attendant approached Dave’s window so no hiding her. Very disappointed, as we know we can leave phoebe quite happily for a few hours as long as she has water and it’s not too hot. Oh well another time perhaps.
    So we went into Beerwah, the closest town, and used the local laundromat to catch up on washing. Now here we are in Nanangan with our knickers and stuff hanging out to dry between the trees. 😂😂😂
    As we drove, we saw advertisements for the Woodford Annual Show, starting today, so we stopped in there for a look and stroll around a typical country show. Loved it. Very country and a reminder of what a country show really is, as in Prizes for the best jams, sponges , fruit etc.

    We’ve spent a couple of days driving through some high country and it is so beautiful, mountainous, and green undulating farmland. Dave says some parts are like the farming areas in NZ.
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  • Day8

    Large level grassy block beside gym & restaurant. Rod has been trying to sell up to join the grey nomads. Anne-Marie cooked up a special carb-free chicken curry for me, very tasty. Good variety of pies at Blackbutt Bakery. Nice little town.

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