As we departed the Miriam Vale Hotel on Day 2 of our Aussie Road Trip the mist was lifting over the rusting roof tops. Nearly every small Aussie town has a war memorial and the one in parkland across from the Hotel had a fresh coat of paint – Miriam Vale was a well looked after town – the kind of town that had 6 people in the pub on a Saturday Night.
Turning left at the crossroads would have led us to Agnes Waters and the Town of 1770, the stepping off point to Lady Musgrave Island, but we turned right toward Gin Gin, 99km to the south.
Two km north of Gin Gin we stopped at a beautiful free Overnight Rest Area on the banks of Gin Gin Creek. I spied a kookaburra sitting on a railing in the shade of the tallest trees and there were clean covered picnic tables and BBQ’s. The sun had just found the dew covered grasses by the creek drop-off and as we left we looked across to Gin Gin Station, which once encompassed the whole town area.
Gin Gin Caravan Park and Roadhouse on the northern side of town is a popular stop for Big Rig Truckies and although we didn’t fuel up this time, it is a popular stop for us. On the other side of the highway the cattle sale yards border Gin Gin Station.
Bundaberg, 51km East of Gin Gin is home to the iconic Bundaberg Rum Distillery (1888) which can be toured Monday to Saturday. A further 12 km east, the largest nesting colony of turtles on the eastern coast of Australia can be viewed at Mon Repos between November and March.
On the northern approaches to Childers we detoured left to the Peanut Van. They have been there for eight years now, selling Australian peanuts from Kingaroy in a multitude of flavours. I even found some gluten free lime and chilli infused peanuts and some all natural peanut butter.
I don’t know what kind of tree was over the picnic area, but it was covered in stunning orange berries, and I couldn’t resist a photo of the house over the road either.
A few minutes later we arrived in Childers proper, where in June 2000, fifteen young lives were lost in the tragic Palace Hotel fire. The Palace was/is a favourite place for backpackers to live whilst earning dollars fruit picking. Now rebuilt in it’s original style it blends with the old town streetscape, but the loss of life lives on in the collective memory of Queenslanders.
Maryborough, 61 km south of Childers (1847) was once a thriving river port and has many restored historic buildings that house restaurants, galleries and museums. P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins was born in Maryborough.
Next stop for us was Gympie where we indulged in some Grass Fed Beef pies from the Gympie Central Shopping Centre. Whenever we arrive home after an extended time overseas the first thing we crave is a Pie.
My Beef Curry Pie was incredible. You really could taste the beef and the spice blend was perfect.
Emergency workers directed us away from the highway south of Gympie due to a serious vehicle accident, so we had an unplanned detour through the Mothar Mountain area and some dirt road action. We hoped that car in the lead knew where they were going, because we had no idea.
Back on the highway.
Hello Sunshine Coast.
We took two hours more than Google Maps estimate. The suggested 4 hrs 31 mins blew out to 6 hrs 30 mins, with three photo stops, once each for fuel and lunch plus the detour South of Gympie.
Linked to Nancie’s Travel Photo Thursday over at Budget Travelers Sandbox.