Beautiful Bargara

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Ocean View Caravan Park
What I did
Magnificent rocky ocean beach

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Congratulations Joan and Rod. Cape Hillsborough is indeed the real name for my "Perfect Beach".
We are now at Beautiful Bargara, near Bundaberg on the Coral Coast.  It was a six hour trip  here from Kinka Beach and we were so glad to get off the road and into another very nice caravan park. This park is perched up on the cliffs, with a roaring ocean raging over the rocks below.  It's quite startling to walk to the edge of the cliff and see the busy water of the Coral Sea just below us.
This morning we had a footpath instead of a beach for our walk, so studied the magnificent homes and apartments as we walked.
We are amazed at the number of luxury high rise apartment blocks here, but where are all the people?  I asked the hairdresser this question yesterday and she said, "wait until the weekend".
That's tomorrow, so we'll see what happens.
Yesterday we drove over to Elliot Heads to see Brenda and Arthur from Fish Creek who are holidaying there.  Anne and Ron (former Fish Creekites) were also there.  Brenda made a magnificent morning tea of home made fruit cake, two different slices and savoury biscuits and cheese. This was the best food we'd had for ages! Right up to standard Brenda!!
Back at our campground a car and caravan drove in and I recognised Lyn, one of our big friendship group at Foster High in the 1960s now an Adelaide resident.  We last saw Lyn and Warren in 2009 and it's been great to catch up with them again.
The Bundaberg district is in the heart of Sugarland, where fields of sugar cane are being harvested, just as we saw at Port Douglas. It is amazing to discover what a large area of Australia is given over to growing sugar cane.  It's fascinating to watch the cane cutting machine going along the row,turning the tall flowering canes into what looks like mulch, but is actually chopped sugar cane to be transported to the sugar mill.
Today we stopped to get a photo of all this happening. The farm owner was there, along with his white farm ute, supervising the show.  I asked if he minded me taking a photo and he replied that he was happy for us to do so as we had pulled right of the road, and his concern is that many people stop on the road for a photo and can cause an accident.  He then explained the route of the cane cutting machine and where I could get the best photo. Such a nice helpful man, and then he broke off a piece of sugar cane, peeled the husk off and gave it to us with instructions how to chew it and discard the fibre. We found that you need very strong teeth and jaw to do this...
We have read that the cane farmers are enjoying a very high price for their cane, and I would venture to say that they deserve it for all the hard work it entails.
The word "sugar" has great prominence in this area.  One of Bundaberg's shopping complexes is called Sugarland, and you see "sugar" incorporated in trading names and place names.
Roadside stalls selling fruit and vegies abound, our latest purchase being the largest and juciest strawberries you could imagine.  Another stall on a farm nearby sells solely zucchinis, $2 for a big bag full of small ones. Further along the road home grown tomatoes are $2.50 kg - yet to try these.
Todat was the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam, and there was a large presence of people in Bundaberg's Lions Park today where the RSL held a commemoration service.
 Sunday:  This morning went to the Bundaberg market to stock up on fruit and vegies and got lots of bargains.  I'm not sure how two people will eat all this food, but it does have to last us through next week while we are out in the Amamoor State Park... more about that in the next blog.
Off to the Bundaberg RSL to have dinner with Brenda and Arthur and Diane and Nev.
Cheers to everyone
Hope the sun is shining


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