A brush with the law... in the bush

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Landsborough – Jowarra Park

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, September 18, 2010

It had been a long night as we were both really cold (we had to sleep with an extension lead through the front window so we could make the most of our powered site known now as getting 'V' (value) also usually accompanied by flicking the V sign, yes the victory one). We were amazed at how quickly the temperature has changed as we have made our way down the East coast of Queensland not too many days ago we were wallowing in our own sweaty beds and now we are shivering in to our silk sleeping bag liners. We got up relatively early again and tucked in to bacon butties and cups of tea in the sunshine.  After taking the opportunity to have a lovely hot shower, albeit limited to 7 minutes (the hot water cut off then), we decided to have a long walk along the beach to work off some of our breakfast.  The beach was really quiet apart from a few elderly power walkers and the brisk breeze made for a great start to the day.  Walking back down the esplanade it became apparent that Hervey Bay seems to be the destination of choice for Aussie retiree’s, the pavements were littered with mobility scooters.  I did think it strange when we read that the town had recently acquired the world record for ‘longest mobility scooter procession’ on its third attempt but now everything was becoming clear everyone had at least one foot in the grave.

We headed south to Maryborough which is the home town of P L Travers the author of ‘Mary Poppins’ to see the quaint heritage town and admire some of its’ historical buildings then we made our way down to Rainbow Beach famous for its multicoloured sands and dunes.  On the way we came across a police blockade where they were breath testing everyone who passed through, Andrew had to breathe in to the plastic straw and then got waved through.  Why does paranoia set in just as you drive up to the officer, surely we couldn’t still be drunk at this time in the morning and the alcohol content of four bottles of wine would surely be out of our system by now, shouldn’t it?  Trish that was a joke! We questioned why the police in the UK don’t adopt such an effective approach to drink driving until we realised that we were only one of three cars in a line waiting.  It would be impossible to implement in the UK with our volume of traffic, people would be stuck there for days then they would need a drink!

We spent the afternoon at the beach chilling out watching the surfers and eating cheese and pickle sandwiches as we couldn’t bring ourselves to pay 15 dollars for a bag of fish and chips, we just licked the chip shop window instead.  We drove up to Inskip Point overlooking Fraser Island and got a beautiful panorama of ‘Wide Bay’ stretching out to ‘Double Island Point.’  Feeling a little energetic we then decided to scale Carlo Sandblow, the 120m multi coloured sand dune that looms over the town.  It was an energetic walk, added to by the fact that we parked in the wrong car park so we were a bit weary as we approached the dune itself.  Still the glimpse of the view that we got as we neared the top was breathtaking and so we had to walk the whole way down to fully appreciate it, even though my calves were feeling it on the way back up.

Back on the road we drove through Gympie which was still being mined for gold up until the 1920’s as we were in search of ‘Glastonbury’ a tiny town west of there.  Unfortunately we ended up getting lost so didn’t get to take a picture of the sign and be able to say that we did make Glastonbury in 2010 after all.  With thanks to our trusty ‘Camps 4’ guidebook which has been a godsend we found a free camp site en route to the Glass House Mountains which we intended to explore tomorrow and pitched up in Landsborough at about 5pm.  The weather had been threatening rain so we were relieved that we had cooked enough last night for tonight too so when the heavens opened we only got a little bit damp as we enjoyed sausages tonight with pasta.  Fortunately the couple who had pulled up next to us in their luxury caravan complete with awning invited us over for a drink or two and we whiled away an hour and a bottle of wine picking their brains for must sees on the way down the Gold Coast, which was their stomping ground.  We went to bed fully clothed with our complimentary bright yellow Ethiopia Airlines socks on in the hope that we might not freeze tonight, oh and all the windows were firmly shut.
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