BEST WESTERN Ascot Lodge Motor Inn
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... coffee and tea. After morning tea we dropped her back to her nursing home and hit the road.
From Maroochydore we headed back the way we came - up into the hinterland and across the mountains to Kilcoy and Cooyar before swinging SW to Milmerran (where the landscape changed back to earthy brown from the green of the coast) ...
We started today with a visit to the Miles Historical Village which was an extensive collection of local memorabilia and artefacts. Amongst the displays were a mandible and rib from a Diprotodon, a Chinese miner's cottage (which reminded me very much of Tom and Mrs Hestor's home at Araluen), a railway station and train, a church, a school room, a prison, a bank, various shops, an aboriginal display, a war museum, ...
This morning we visited the Goondiwindi Botanic Garden. This Garden was created in the early eighties with most of the work done by volunteers. The ecosystem is very robust and at the same time fragile, which makes it the only Botanic Garden in Australia capable of growing this combination of inland plants. There is an island in the middle which is a great habitat for wildlife and birds. There are some nice walking paths and whilst we were ...
Had a lovely free camp in Tara - one of only 3 vans for the night in a huge recreation reserve. Cost was $5 for the first night, then 2 nights free before they charge you at caravan park rates. There was a shower/toilet which was used by the "blockies" - people who live outside town on blocks with no power or water - they come into town and line up to use the one shower/toilet for their showers ...
... on the Dumaresq River, it's only 34 klms out and another great spot for the night. The road in and out of Goondiwindi are lined with cotton balls from the farms to the gins, it looks like snow. Each truck has 2 bogeys and 3 x 6 ton cotton bails on each, weighing 36 ton altogether, wouldn't want to run into one. Lamb roast and veggies, superb! 24th April. Woke this morning ...