The Ettamoogah Pub is a cartoon pub that featured for years in a comic strip in the 'Australasian Magazine'. Created by the late Australian cartoonist Ken Maynard. It is on the Bruce Highway just before the Mooloolaba turnoff. We passed it recently driving up the coast on our mystery tour.
Photo by George Jacobson
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We're home again. Yesterday afternoon we arrived at Redcliffe Peninsula after an exhausting but fabulous 11 days mystery tour through outback Queensland. Ann, our excellent mystery tour guide had booked us into a beautiful beach front apartment at Redcliffe with fabulous views over Moreton Bay. Dinner was at Morgans Seafood Restaurant where we were met up with Paul and Helen who were supposed to be with us on the trip but couldn't make it due to health problems, so we enjoyed a very good seafood smorgasbord with them.
Our unit on the 5th floor (you can see George waving)
We are getting closer to home now. Our second last day. Yes Bruce, unfortunately we are heading home. After staying in a farm-stay home last night called Bunyip Springs, amongst the cattle, horses and dogs up in the hills, we drove for some six hours and ended up on the beach at Redcliffe. But we did stop in the small country town of Esk in the Brisbane Valley.
The historical Larson Home
The historical home above belonged to the Larson family. Mr Larson was the original architect who designed the town of Esk. He was a philantrophist who in the first world war promised the young men volunteering he would give them all a gold watch and build the biggest cenotaph in a small town in Australia. He did.
Hi Bloggers, we're back out of the wilderness. On Saturday, we were able to drive in to Carnarvon Gorge. The dirt road had sufficiently dried for us to drive up there. It was magnificent. An absolute fabulous experience.
We did a couple of very long walks criss crossing the river and climbing lots of stairs to Moss garden and to other places.
We had no phone, television or internet access at the Wilderness Lodge. So today we ended up at Chinchilla where we're staying with Judy and John friends of all of us.
We hit a snag! We left Cania Gorge this morning heading for Carnarvon Gorge. It had rained during the night and all day while we were driving. So, we received a phone call from the Carnarvon Wilderness Lodge advising us that the road had been closed due to heavy rain. Now, that is not supposed to happen this time of year. So we had a choice, either drive 140km north to Emerald for the night or 100km south to Injune. So we opted to drive to Injune where we booked into a Motel. Hopefully the road will be open tomorrow so we'll drive north again for about 100km to the turnoff to Carnarvon Gorge.
Traffic lights in the wilderness
For Colin and Bruce, tonight we're going to the pub for a feed next to the Motel.
We are still in Cania Gorge in Central Quensland (cattle country). We parked at the old Shamrock Mine for a walk up to the old Gold Mine, a fairly steep climb up. The mine has long closed but the huts are still there with the shafts now closed off. Arriving back at the car, we had visitors. A bunch of very curious cows.
Tomorrow morning, we're off on an all-day drive to Carnarvon Gorge but first we cook a bar-b-que tonight in the camp kitchen and I think we still have a couple of bottles of wine to go through. Cheers!
Today, we got up early, had breakfast and strolled down to the beach, the sun was already up but George had been up much earlier and was able to capture the sunrise.
Sunrise over the Town of 1770 beach Photo by George
Then we drove north to Mirianvale where we stopped for Morning Tea. Then we turned inland for about 100km to Biloela for lunch and a bit of shopping. Finally, another 100km south we arrived at Cania Gorge National park where we'll stay for two nights.
Leaving Bundaberg after lunch yesterday we drove 175km north to the Town of 1770, yes, that's really the name of it. It's a very important town in Australia's history, it is because in 1770, Captain James Cook in search of Terra Australis (The Great South Land), stopped here to look for fresh water.
So this morning, we jumped on an amphibious vehicle for an all-day tour to the Bustard Head Lighthouse, travelling along the sandy beaches and crossing rivers and estuaries to get there.
Ok, yesterday we ended up in Bundaberg on our Mystery Tour and today we went exploring. We found this barrell building which is the home of the famous Bundaberg Ginger Beer drink and to our surprise, they also brew other soft drinks which they tell us are NOT cordial but brewed soft drinks containing yeast. We took a tour through the place and tasted all the yummy drinks.
The building is in the shape of a half barrel.
The question is, where will we end up tomorrow night.
Some of you might be familiar with our birthday bear group of seven friends. We meet for lunch or dinner whenever one of us has a birthday. Shortly it's Diane and Mary's birthdays so this time we've decided to go away on a 12-day mystery tour through Queensland. Ann is our tour guide and George and I are sharing the driving. We've picked up a Tarago 8-seater yesterday and we leave very shortly. Ann will tell us every morning where we're heading that day. Unfortunately Paul and Helen are unable to travel with us on this occasion as Paul is recovering from a stint in hospital. Hopefully next time.
Because we're away out bush, for 12 days, I will probably not be able to visit and comment on as many blogs as I usually do, although I'll try. However if we have broadband access where we're going, I might be able to post some interesting shots.
The Brisbane Mormon Temple stands upon Kangaroo Poing cliffs. Driving home from the city yesterday, we took this shot out of the car on Captain Cook Bridge. it is heavily cropped in the shot below, that's why the quality is not the best.