Darwin or bust - a short drive up the road travel blog

Gold coast

Bee Gees Way Redcliffe

Mary Poppins lights at Maryborough

Lovely old building

Carlo Sand Blow at dusk

Railway bridge at Bundaburg

Bundaburg Farmer's Market

Our first night in Queensland was in Surfers Paradise. The beaches are wide and the buildings tall with endless high rise apartments. Everyone is very friendly with lots of Darlings and Loves, from the service staff.

Visited Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens on the outskirts of Brisbane to see the beautiful tropical display dome, Japanese gardens, Bonsai display and cactus gardens. It was a perfect day weather wise to walk around the gardens. There was a surprise in the cactus house, a diamond patterned snake curled up asleep and a few water monitors sunning themselves in the bonsai garden.

We spent a night in a lovely guesthouse near Redcliffe and on our walk to find a place to eat discovered Bee Gee Way, a commemorative 70m walkway that honours Redcliffe's most famous young residents who went on to be one of the top selling bands of all time.

Had a lovely lunch at Maryborough, lots of historic building and interesting traffic lights with Mary Poppins as a tribute to the author P L Travers who was born here. This is all sugar cane country with endless fields of the stuff and lots of backpacker accommodation.

Next we headed for Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay, both beautiful seaside villages with an easy atmosphere next to the Great Sandy National Park. We walked up to Carlo Sand Blow at dusk, a unique "moonscape" sand mass covering over 15 hectares and overlooking both the coastline and inland. A man named Dingo checked us in at our accommodation!

Next it was rum and coca cola at Bundaburg, not a drop bear anywhere! However they do have a great farmer's market on a Saturday morning which was the place to be. A box of Haas Avocados for only $2.99. Now that's amazing value. At Alexandra Park Zoo I got to pet a real dingo, this time an animal not a person.

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