Travels by Land

These are short stories of our travels on land.

Visiting Agnes Waters and the Town of 1770

Agnes Waters and 1770

Agnes Waters and 1770

The first time we went to Agnes Waters and the Town of 1770 on the Queensland coast was about thirty years ago. Agnes Waters is the last decent surf beach heading north, and consequently the first heading south. We lived at Emu Park then, and anyone from there or the rest of the Capricorn Coast who wanted to surf some good waves needed to travel the three or more hours to Agnes. The reason Agnes Waters has the first decent surfing waves heading south is because The Great Barrier Reef stops the ocean swells reaching the shore from there north.

The drive from the Bruce Highway alone was more than an hour on a gravel road to a beautiful beach with a few shacks and a shop. I wish it was still the same. [Read more...]

Mount Tamborine Rainforest Chalets

Mount Tamborine

Mount Tamborine view

We weren’t even thinking of going to Mount Tambourine when we left home. We were going to the wineries of Ballandean near Stanthorpe.

We had travelled from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on the north side of Brisbane and on to Highway 13 heading south to go through Beaudesert to Stanthorpe. We actually got to Beaudesert but instead of turning right as we intended, we decided to have a quick look at Mount Tamborine just because it was so close, so we turned left.

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A few days in Perth

We had four days to spare, and enough frequent flyer points, so we decided to take a quick visit to Perth in Western Australia. This was to be our first visit. It was a direct flight from Brisbane, but because of unseasonal westerly winds at 12,000 metres it took 5 hours to fly across the country.

We were met at Terminal 2 by my cousin Bruce, who then took us to their house at Mt Hawthorn. His wife Jude suggested we walk to Gianni’s, the local Balkan restaurant, for dinner. I can’t pronounce or spell what I ate, but it was delicious.
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