Bargara, fish, crabs & a bit of Rum
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Yeppoon to Bargara (near Bundaberg)
This was a much bigger drive than we expected. It took most of the day, we stopped at Miriam Vale for lunch and ate some meat pies, it was noticeably cooler, and we realised we were no longer heading up to warmer weather be were beginning to head down, and would get a few degrees cooler each move from now on.
Poor Toby not long after we'd got in the car after lunch, did he call for the sick bucket (he’d done a bit of reading in the car) and was car sick. It was a terrible few hours in the car until he fell asleep until we pulled into Bargara.
As soon as we pulled into Bargara Main Street we knew we’d love this place. It kinda reminded me of Main Street Mornington, but about 1/8 of the size and tropical. Great Cafes, cute shops, the shopping strip ran right down to the beach, where there was a kids park.
We stayed at Bargara Beach Holiday Park, and it really was on the edge of the beach. And a great surf beach at that.
Monday 3rd August
All along the foreshore at Bargara is a walk/bike track, so we headed off in the morning for a ride, planning to ride to the Bargara Main shops, but somehow we go distracted by the beautiful surroundings and rode straight past it without even seeing it. We ended up riding another 1km to the end of the track at Kelly Beach, and even up a few side roads. A bit confused we headed back towards the caravan park, unsure where we’d gone wrong, only to find it on the way back. So a short ride up the street turned into a 5km bike ride (lucky it was a flat track). So we stopped and had our coffee and milkshake and wandered the main strip.
The kids then played at a park that was a turtle, and all of the activities were inside the turtle and his shell
Back at the caravan park, they feed the lorikeets at 4pm, and boy do the lorikeets come. There were about 50 that came to have something to eat. Great fun, thankfully none perched themselves on us.
It was still nice and warm after this, so we headed to the beach, the kids had a swim, and Adam & Kylie had a surf. It was Adam’s inaugural surfing experience and he actually enjoyed himself. Good, clean waves which were great for both of us to have a go.
Tuesday 4th August
We headed to the Bundaberg Rum Distillery for a tour. Neither of us are rum drinkers but it was a very interesting tour, kids loved watching how the bottles were cleaned and filled but didn’t like smell of the molasses. It was kinda like a big room of treacle. Afterwards there were taste tests available; however this just instilled our reason for dislike of rum. However we did enjoy the Bundy Liqueur, which had coffee, chocolate and caramel included
We then wandered up Bundaberg Main Street, very interesting; it’s just a really, really long shopping strip.
Wednesday 5th August
Rested & read in the caravan park
Afternoon drove to Kelly beach.
We’d been told it was a great place to feed fish bread crusts in the giant rock pool that is left when the tide goes out. On arriving we found the pool but could only faintly see a few fish off in the distance, but once started tossing some bread we were surrounded by hundreds of fish from 5-25cm long. The kids loved it, despite the occasional eager fish nibbling on our toes. There was a sign up saying no fishing but other than that there was nothing to indicate the opportunity at hand, it seemed to be Bargara’s best kept secret.
Thursday 6th August
Out for breakfast for early 10th wedding anniversary (day early)
Found nurses keys, dropped them at police station
Bought more bread, Rode to Kelly beach again for more fun with the fish
Adam found a huge crab (maybe all of 7-8cm) which Toby played with for a while