The Buderim Ginger Factory is no longer at Buderim. In fact it hasn’t been there for a couple of decades. But why change the name of something so famous just because they moved to a more suitable locale? It’s now at Yandina, less than an hour up the Bruce Highway.
In the 1980′s we owned a shop in the markets where the old factory used to be. We sold Buderim Ginger amongst other things. The markets are gone now too, and been replaced by a modern shopping centre.
With much more space at Yandina, The Ginger Factory has an authentic taste of Queensland. It incorporates leisurely shopping and special treats, entertaining tours, rides, shows and fabulous food. [Read More...]
Down on the Gold Coast, opposite that monument to human naivety and vulnerability, Jupiter’s Casino, is one of the greatest cabaret restaurants in the land. We’ve been there a couple of times and both times we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
The entertainment starts before you enter the grounds. The castle is the first thing to impress. Then the performers in full costume as you enter have you wondering if this was a good idea or not. There are some nasty teeth and syringes and stuff. [Read More...]
When I was a little kid I was terrified of the Story Bridge. Coming from a farm with no rivers to cross to visit my grandparents meant crossing the Brisbane River. Every Christmas this happened. My first memories were of the water so far below and these huge girders above and around. I hid on the floor in the back seat. Now people pay to climb it.
Story Bridge Adventure Climb (SBAC) is run from Kangaroo Point at the southern end of the bridge. The bridge walk is one of only three in the world.
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Montville is the biggest and most interesting market village in South East Queensland, and maybe Australia. I certainly haven’t seen better.
If you want to experience really relaxing shopping for arts and crafts, this is the place. For a romantic morning, afternoon, day, or couple of days, try the magic and old world charm of Montville. It’s only one hour north of Brisbane, and a place of peace, calm, and coolness compared to the Sunshine Coast 430 metres below. [Read More...]
I was born and grew up in Dalby, Queensland, which is only about 50 or 60 kilometres from the Bunya Mountains. In Australia 50 or 60 kilometres is a doddle. Mum would drive that far to go shopping. Consequently for a way to escape hot summer Sundays Dad would often take us for a drive there. The change in temperature was noticeable even as we climbed from the flat plains of the Darling Downs to the summit.
As we lived on The Capricorn Coast for 14 years, and still visit there as recently as 2010, I think I can still lay claim to have a fair knowledge of the area. In fact I would be quite happy to find a nice place with a view of Keppel Bay and the Keppel Islands and retire there.
Yeppoon, Emu Park, and Keppel Sands are close enough to the Tropic of Capricorn to give rights to the name Capricorn Coast. On 27th May 1770, Lieutenant James Cook, captain of the bark “Endeavour”, came within 3 nautical miles of the mainland here. A memorial to his visit was erected in the 1960s, and The Singing Ship stands proudly on an Emu Park headland. The concrete and steel monument is called the Singing Ship because its structure represents a large white sail, and the rigging consists of fluted pipes that capture the sea breezes for all to hear. [Read More...]
Bustling crowds, noisy spruikers, exciting smells, and stuff for blokes. That’s what I like in a market. Sadly, I rarely find much – stuff for blokes that is.
Eileen and I visited three different markets on one weekend in Brisbane recently. I Googled ourbrisbane.com on Saturday morning to find out which markets were on which days. It’s a bit confusing as some are on every Saturday and Sunday, some just every Saturday and some every Sunday, and some on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Saturday or Sunday of a month, and some a combination of all that. [Read More...]
Do you remember Butter Pats, Cross cut saws, Party Lines, Snuff boxes, Jewish harps, Slates, Razor Strops, Bed warmers, Nose whistles, Iron lungs, Ink wells, Coppers (to boil clothes in, not policemen), Chamber pots, Side saddles, and Dick, Dora, Nip, and Fluff? At the Miles Historical Village and Museum they have examples of all of them.
Being 300km north west of Brisbane, to include the town of Miles in the S.E. Queensland district might be stretching it a bit, but as I have spent a lot of time there, and the Historical Village and Museum is one of the best in Australia, I thought it would be acceptable to write about. [Read More...]
For those of you who have read “Bali – A Family Holiday” in Life and Travels of a Non-Famous Person, you may have noticed a paragraph where we visited the village of Trunyan across Lake Batur to see where the locals bury their dead above ground. This tour has been almost abandoned for nearly two decades. I thought it had been stopped either because the villagers had stopped the tradition, or laws had prevented anyone undertaking the tour.
But no; it appears the tours were all but ceased because of aggressive, heavy-handed, and coercive behaviour by Trunyan villagers towards tourists crossing the lake to view their unique community. These actions had been the source of numerous complaints, causing tour operators to largely avoid sending their guests there. The village chief is now seeking to restore the reputation of the village as a tourist destination.
When the Brisbane River flooded in January 2011 tonnes of debris ranging from large sections of riverside walkways, to vehicles, shipping containers, boats, sewage, and other household and industrial garbage flowed into Moreton Bay.
Thankfully a lot of it turned left and was recoverable from the mainland beaches. What didn’t sank in Moreton Bay, or floated out to sea. Some of that was recovered, or not. A minesweeper and barges with excavators cleared the main shipping channel and some other areas. But all is now well again. [Read More...]