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Today is brought to you by the letter “Q” I thought this would be a hard letter but my family pitched in and wanted to me tell you about family holidays in Queensland… multiple!
Queensland is another state of Australia, a rather big one, and even though we’ve been there a few times I don’t think we have seen more than a quarter or even less of the state. And it ranges in style too.. Of course you have the beautiful beaches, long stretches on clean white sand and the water is warmer.. it also (in the North of the state) had added risks those box jelly fish that have stinging tentacles hundreds of feet long that burn you… most beaches supply bottles of vinegar to pour on your Jelly fish stings or you can wear a “stinger suit” I prefer that mine in particular makes me look like cat woman!!
Here is a lovely map of Queensland.
Queensland (abbreviated as Qld) is the second-largest and third-most-populous state in Australia. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea andPacific Ocean. Queensland has a population of 4,560,059, concentrated along the coast and particularly in the state’s South East. The state is the world’s sixth largest sub-national entity, with an area of 1,852,642 km2. The capital and largest city in the state is Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city. Referred to as the “Sunshine State”, Queensland is home to 10 of Australia’s 30 largest cities and is the nation’s third largest economy.
Queensland was first occupied by Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders. The first European to land in Queensland (and Australia) was Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon in 1606, who explored the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula near present-day Weipa. In 1770, Lieutenant James Cook claimed the east coast of Australia for the Kingdom of Great Britain. The colony of New South Wales was founded in 1788 by Governor Arthur Phillip at Sydney; New South Wales at that time included all of what is now Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. Queensland was explored in subsequent decades until the establishment of a penal colony at Brisbane in 1824 by John Oxley. Penal transportation ceased in 1839 and free settlement was allowed from 1842.
The state was named in honour of Queen Victoria, who on 6 June 1859 signed Letters Patent separating the colony from New South Wales. The date 6 June is now celebrated state-wide as Queensland Day. Queen Victoria, who went on to become Britain’s longest reigning monarch, chose an eponymous name for the colony over Cooksland, which had been suggested by the influential local Presbyterian minister John Dunmore Lang in honour of navigator James Cook.Queensland achieved statehood with the Federation of Australia on 1 January 1901.
Okay.. so now we know what Queensland looks like and we know how Queensland was discovered.. why do WE love it? short answer,,,,, it’s warm!! It’s common knowledge that most Victorians (me) head North during the winter months to escape our bitter cold that comes up from the Antarctic. There’s NO possible way I could live in Tasmania (which is even closer to the cold, as beautiful as it is Summer only for Tassie) we however are not the Victorian’s that flee to Queensland in Winter because if you read my last post.. https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/sunday-in-my-world/ you would know we are a sporting family during winter..I’m still not happy about that but what they hey!
Earlier in the A-Z challenge I told you about our “E“aster break well this post is going to be about last “E“aster but last “E“aster was spent in “Q“ueensland a much nicer proposition.. well except I lost a few friends along the way but as that old saying goes “Shit happens” little bit of background… We had arranged to spend Easter with a bunch of friends and my daughter Jasmin and Squishy were going to come,we were going to rent a holiday house in the mountains and just do nothing and relax and there’s no TV and only generator power so very outdoorsy type of weekend. about a month before we were heading off, the Bloke (you get to meet him tomorrow in letter “R“) got a phone call from his EX-sister-in-law. (he is kinda like me in that we keep the EX’s close by, he didn’t have quite as good a relationship as I have with mine but we keep our EX’s close) Anyways short version is the EX mother-in-law had died and the house was going to be put on the market and The Bloke has a 1/4 share of the house, he built it by hand from scratch and so there was a flurry of phone calls back and forth to lawyers blah blah and then he says to me “WE need to go to Canungra and get this sorted out” I’m never EVER going to say NO to Queensland and so I asked “When?” he says “Over the Easter break it’s the only time I can get off work” Uh oh!! We have plans for that weekend.. well plans are made to be changed or broken so I broke them, my daughter was mightily pissed off at us, and two of the friends haven’t spoken to me since.. I didn’t realize I was so popular!
So we turned it into a camping trip and the Bloke took a few extra days off and we had a full week.
We had planned to arrive there on the Wednesday before Good Friday, so we left home on the Sunday after the football game and drove to Albury on the NSW border, first overnight in a motel.. ate dinner, slept and got up and left by 8.00 am the next morning
Sunset on the Road first night…
Drove all day Monday till we got to Coonabarrabran in New South Wales, booked a motel room, had dinner, went to bed and slept like the dead.
Tuesday morning we were gone by 8.00 am and drove the long last stretch to destination Canungra QLD
Getting Closer to Canugra, the landscape is changing
Our Art teacher once told us that mountains are NEVER Pointy… really? what are these then??
Canungra /kəˈnʌŋɡrə/ is a small rural township in the Scenic Rim Region local government area of South East Queensland, Australia. Its economy depends on tourism, being a popular destination for short drives from the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Canungra, also called the “Valley of the Owls”, is situated in the Gold Coast hinterland, 35 kilometres (22 mi) west of the Gold Coast and 90 kilometres (56 mi) south of Brisbane. At the 2011 census, Canungra had a population of 746.
One of the origin of the town’s name comes from the Aboriginal word for small owls, “Caningera”. The most notable owl found in the area is the Southern BoobookOwl, which appears in various logos & symbols associated with Canungra. In 2005, the local Post Office released a special limited-release frank featuring Canungra & the Boobook Owl. However the word Cunungra comes from the Yugambeh word gungunga meaning “a long flat or clearing”.
Residents and business in Canungra get their water supply from Canungra Creek, a tributary of Albert River. The slopes around Canungra are steep and forested with some cleared farmlands and rural homes in the flatter valley areas.
The good thing about crisp cool nights is a clear sky and this was the first nights view!!
Camp Canungra.. Beautiful!
Tilly the Trailer with Camp Canungra
This is where the house that was the centre of attention was located. We booked a camp site at the show grounds and were one of the first to set up.. boy did that spot ever get booked out! It was minimal cost and we had bathroom facilities and power, I loved it there so peaceful and quiet and cold at nights, but the days were glorious!
We visited the Ex sister-in-law and worked out a plan about helping her with chores that needed to be done and made a plan to start the next day!
We stayed in Canungra until the Easter Saturday, we moved furniture, we cleaned, we sorted , we trashed and we slept really well, we scrubbed and got things looking spic and span and then on the Easter Saturday we moved to our next location… Camp Canungra had grown FULL and NOISY!!
On the inside of the lid of our trailer “Tilly” each camp we go to we buy a sticker and date it, another kind of journaling, here is “Camp Canungra!”
Wetlands between Canungra and Tallebudgera
Beautiful changing scenery.. I LOVE road trips!
Sugar cane fields!!
Tallebudgera (meaning “good fish”), originally known as Maybree, is a suburb of the Australian city of Gold Coast. At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 3,551. The Tallebudgera Creek forms a part of the western and eastern border of Tallebudgera.
The traditional owners were the Tul-gi-gin people. of Australian Aborigines, Indigenous Australians now account for just 0.9% of the population of Tallebudgera, around one-third of the national average of 2.5%.
Tallebudgera Golf Course is an 18-hole course at 495 Guineas Creek Road.
I am not sure why the Bloke chose “Tallebudgera” as our next stop but I am SO glad he did! it was an amazing place,
We were close enough to the Gold Coast that we could go for a short drive and see that if we wanted to, and close enough that we missed the noise and the traffic.. but part of the deal of this trip for Star Son was a theme park of his choice and h chose “Wet n’ Wild” which so did not impress me but who am I to complain? I took my book and lots of photos!
Camp Talle (as the locals call it)
We love the beach so it was a great experience to walk along the beach and watch the beautiful sunsets.
Selfies with my Bloke Camp Talle, April 2014
Watching the tide change!
Some long time friends of The Bloke’s lived near by so we were able to hang out with them a little had a lunch and a dinner with them and they visited our camp.
Then it was “Wet “n’ Wild” day, I asked to be left at camp to catch up with reading and journalling and penpalling but alas they refused! So I went and did the photos and read my book, the lines were stupidly long and I am very impressed that my very impatient husband was able to be so patient..
The whole park is filled with “water related” rides… so this giant water slide was always going to be Star Son’s favourite!
The following day was a “legal day” where the Bloke and the Ex sister-in-law had to do “stuff” so Star Son and I brought ourselves a sketching pad and some pencils and enjoyed ourselves challenging each other to draw different things, in the waiting room, where it was cool and quiet. Once the legal stuff was done we were free to do fun stuff.. the next day we packed up for the trip home.
First night we stayed at Raymond Terrace in New South Wales, just an over night stay. On the way to there we passed “The Big Banana” in Coffs Harbour, I’d seen postcards and TV shows about it but never been there so I pleased with the boys to stop there for a lunch break. I had made our lunch to eat on the way so we just stopped there had a walk around, looked at all things banana and brought some postcards and mementos for our Grand babies.
For me, I don’t know, maybe there is something wrong with me, but for me, this is a thrill, seeing how baby bananas are formed and seeing where our food comes from and learning the process of growing it.. I find that kind of stuff exciting!
The “Big Banana” wasn’t as Big as I imagined it.. but at least I can tick that off my list now!!
Preparing our lunch in the car park of the Big Banana
The next day instead of stopping over night we kept on going and headed straight for a home, a LONG day but we had the next day to recover!! Our friends that we’d met in Camp Talle, who then lived in that area, introduced us to “audio books” and gave us “The Last Juror” by John Grisham on DVD to listen t on the way home, so doing such a long day wasn’t hard because we were intrigued by the audio book.
I always take photos of signs and when I saw this one I had to have it…
Advertising a hardware store, but I think EVERYDAY is a good day to paint!!