Blogs from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Oceania

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Bundaberg April 29th 2018

Today we are heading from Fraser Island. We are running a day behind as we can’t get a ferry until midday. We need to wait until about 10 to leave the campsite due to high tide plus it is a full moon. I had a restless sleep worrying about the torn ten dollar that I found in my wallet. I’m pretty sure the kid at the IGA gave it to me. The woman (4’9” (tall and wide) and black tights) at the bakery in Eurong wouldn’t take it. I spent most of the night worrying about how I’d get rid of it. We got the campsite packed up and decided to head a little early so we had to avoid a few waves as we headed in. Unfortunately it was the same woman behind the counter ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Bundaberg December 14th 2017

We left Colin and Sandra’s about 0900 to drive down to Noosa. Sad to say goodbye to a fellow Trog and his wife. An unaventfull drive down the Fraser coast to Noosa via Gympie for a Gympie pie. Very delicious pies! Got to Noosa and did a recce of a place that looked like an Airbnb. $120 for a room! We found another place backing on to the river. This was a serviced apartment for $160. Our most expensive accommodation yet. It was a good size and well worth the money as the exchange rate is $aus 1.72 so about £90. WiFi is a bit hit and miss which is a shame. We went to the supermarket to buy dinner, lamb chops and Salad and fresh big prawns for starter. We went for an pre dinner ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Bundaberg March 13th 2016

The excitement of booking in that next adventure, (so close yet so far away, 102 days away to be exact!) always comes with a few teething problems. By teething problems of course I mean the massive money worry that instantly seems to loom over the happiness cloud of finalizing the next adventure. I'm not sure how many times I've written up budget sheets and planning sheets, breaking down my trip to the very last wire and penny to be spent. Yet every time without fail when it comes to crunch time, all my money seems to magically disappear and I have that fear of not being able to actually go on said adventure. My money freak out reminded me of the several million times (yeah maybe an exaggeration) I've been asked the question of how I ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Bundaberg October 11th 2015

The Bruce Highway is the main North/South route in Queensland and once we left Mackay it has been the road we have travelled. As we move further south the density of traffic has increased and the frequency of overtaking lanes has kept pace. Initially the ratio of road trains to cars was very high and the overtaking lanes were few and far between. The truckies are pretty good but they do get a bit frustrated when stuck behind slow vehicles. We saw an instance when two very slow camper vans, doing all of 70 kph, were closely followed by a string of three road trains. We had slowed down in an overtaking lane to let them past – and had told them what we were doing over the radio so they could take advantage. They obviously ... read more
Enjoying that “Bundy” spirit!
A cane train delivers more sugar can to be turned into – rum!
One of the many rivers we crossed.

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Bundaberg August 14th 2015

We're back following the tracks we made going north with a few diversions. While we were staying at Yeppoon, we had another visit to Emu Park. The boardwalk is now finished and we had a good close look at their nearby new war memorial. Along the boardwalk are plaques commemorating battles from the first World War and quite a few things are planned to be added to the walkway. A painting on glass of the landing on Gallipolli sits on the hill in front of the water, it's all very impressive and well done for the small town that Emu Park is. It's always hard/near impossible to get into Agnes Waters, but sometimes we can be squeezed into the caravan park at its twin town, 1770 - so named because Captain Cook visited in that year, ... read more
The plaques telling army events each year of WW1
The Walkway
Painting on glass

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Bundaberg March 29th 2015

Hello All, Today we had a chilled out morning reading our books by the pool (its so nice having a pool in your house and everyone has one in Oz it seems). Jeff and Kieva wanted to drive us around Bundaberg so about 11am we left for Bargara (Mon Repos) where the turtles lay their eggs on the beach during February and March (if your planning to see this make sure you come in these months!!). We had just missed this by weeks. We then drove around seeing the area, seeing the old harbor area and loads more. Jeff then bought us fish and chips that we took around to where Mary and Michael were staying at a time share apartment Called Don Pancho at Bargara. We ate the fish and chips and then sat and ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Bundaberg March 28th 2015

Hey All, I was so excited today as we were going to the Bundaberg Rum Distillery!!! To me this was one of the main reasons to come to Bundaberg, as its rum is so famous (well in Auz it is!!), they actually only export 3% of this rum to NZ and only 1% of this rum out to the rest of the world. Kieva drove us down to the distillery, it’s only a few km away, Kieva and Jeff gave us their membership cards to get cheaper entrance, this only worked if one of us paid and the other showed their card to get in for free. I paid and Vick pretended to be a 60-year-old lady, it worked like a charm lol. When filling in the paperwork she put her DOB as 1964 so I ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Bundaberg March 27th 2015

Hi Everyone, We arrived in Bundaberg at 3:30am and thank god Keiva and Jeff (my mums cousin and his wife) were waiting for us to take us to their home to stay for the next few days. We said hello and thank you and then all went straight back to bed. As Jeff and Keiva had to work all day, Neil and I had a relaxing day at their house. They left us a note to say eat anything in the fridge, help ourselves to the washing machine, go in the pool, and left keys to walk into town if we desired. We did all of that apart from walk into town as it was so hot, and was about 4km away. When Keiva came in at 2pm she drove us to the bottle shop to ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Bundaberg July 19th 2014

We left Bundaberg before 10 am and headed straight out towards Gin-Gin to pick up the Bruce Highway. The first leg was into wind and so hard going but it all went quite easily from there. We passed through a small community, we think it was Bullyard, that had a local market on and Barry stopped. There weren’t many stalls but most had local produce, which was good. I wish I hadn’t paid top dollar for the vegetables in IGA yesterday! I bought some tomatoes, about 5 good sized ones, for $2; close to a kilo of baby Desiree potatoes, $1.20; a large Lebanese cucumber for 50c and some Tomato Relish for $2.50. They also had a few craft stalls and trash and treasure ones (mostly trash). One of the stalls had the most amazing woodwork ... read more
Sugar Cane with Seed Heads
The Little Market at Bullyard
The Lovely View from the Caravan park

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Bundaberg July 18th 2014

Our first stop today was the Botanic Gardens Hinkley Aviation Museum, which is a complex including the gardens, the aviation museum and Hinkley’s house, a sugar museum, a local historical museum and a steam sugar cane train. As we arrived we bumped into Ros and Arthur, who were just rushing off to do the tour of the Fairymead House Sugar Museum. We quickly bought our tickets and raced up there as it was the only tour of the day. Our guide, Laura, explained that the house had originally been built in 1890 on the Fairymead Sugar Plantation by the Young family. It was built in a modified version of a Queenslander designs, being raised on stilts and having clad outer walls with horizontal boards (Qld design is often not clad so they can keep watch for ... read more
Fairymead House, Sugar Museum
Fairymead House, Sugar Museum
Bamboo as Thick as your Arm.




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