From a Land Down Under travel blog

playing the "hang" at Eumundi market

at the Ginger Factory

Lunch at a nice place near Montville


in Noosa Heads National Park

pretty flower

a pandanus tree - many tubular roots

the coast

This area is eight hours south of Yeppoon. Charlie took an extra long weekend so we had 4 days. So now we have been north, south, east & west of Yeppoon. Noosa had lots of great restaurants so that was a pleasant change. On Saturday we went to the "hinterland" - Montville & Eumundi market which has 500 + stalls selling everything you can think of. It is bigger than La Penita or Mesa Market. I bought a unique wind chime from the fellow playing the "hang". This is a brand new instrument invented in 2000 by someone in Switzerland. It sounds sort of oriental. We took a tour of Buderim ginger factory. The ginger from this area is globally recognized as world’s finest. They export to 17 countries. The first harvest (6 months after planting) is less fibrous & is used for confectionery. We got to sample many of the products sold in the gift shop and of course they were so tasty we had to buy a special tasting pack. This area is also a leading processor and marketer of macadamia nuts. 45% of world production comes from Australia. Australia has more than 13 million macadamia trees in the ground & this industry is worth nearly $100 million at the farm gate. About 60-70 per cent of Australian macadamias are exported every year.

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