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Friday, July 2, 2010

BUNDABERG and BARGARA

After Childers we reached Bundaberg in the evening and stayed there overnight. 

In the morning we drove a short distance to the beach at Bargara. The beach is protected from big waves by the start of The Great Barrier Reef, which stretches 3000k/1800m from here to the northern tip of Australia.
Bill, the videographer.
Driving back to Budaberg we stopped at the lookout and we could see Bargara and many sugar cane plantations. Milling sugar is the biggest industry.
Besides sugar, Bundaberg is famous for Rum and Ginger Beer. We visited the "Bundaberg Barrel" museum showing the history of making Ginger Beer. They still make it with all natural products.
It is delicious.
Bundaberg is also well known as the birth place of the famous aviator, Bert Hinkler, born in1892. He made hand made gliders and flew them at Mon Repos Beach near Bundaberg. He went to England in1913 and became a test pilot and he also flew in WW1. His most famous achievement was flying solo from England to Australia in 1928. We visited the Hinkler Hall of Aviation.
This was Bert Hinklers house in England, it was dismantled brick by brick and relocated to his hometown in 1983. He named it Mon Repos.

Then we visited the Mystery Craters
In 1971 a vegetable market gardener discovered these craters under the topsoil on his farm. Their location, origin and unique mixture of rock have baffled international geologists and still remain a mystery.

We have now travelled 368k/229m from home.
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12 comments:

  1. Hi Diane, I have heard about the Great Barrier Reef all of my life...

    Neat picture looking down at Bargara. Interesting about the sugar cane plantations down there... AND--did you drink some Ginger Beer???? Love seeing the Bundaberg Barrel....Neat!

    Wow---someone spent alot of time dismantling Bert Hinkler's house brick by brick and relocating it. Wow---I am impressed.

    Love seeing the craters.....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. My sister was a school teacher at small school near Bundaberg so I have visited this area ... but a long time ago ... before those craters were discovered.

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  3. Lovely of you to share your holiday, Diane. Have visited many of the places you have posted thus far, it's good to see your photos.

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  4. That beautiful wide sandy beach looks perfect for families with young children. :-) How wonderful that they brought Hinklers home piece by piece from England.

    And in response to your comment on my post... yes we do eat a lot of watermelon on Independence day! :-) Actually we eat watermelon all summer long, but we make a point of eating red white and blue foods on July 4th, so watermelon, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, etc... usually have a prominent place on the table. We American's are kinda nutty about our holidays.

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  5. It looks like a very flat area. The craters are just amazing ! what an interesting post ! I always learn a lot !

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  6. Did you say how many miles you traveled on this trip? Lots of beautiful and different terrain!

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  7. It is great to follow your trip. I learn about areas I have only driven through. Very interesting.

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  8. Thanks for the nice tour of Bundaberg and Bargara. The photos are all awesome! The mystery craters are cool. Great photos, Diane!

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  9. Bundaberg is my favourite brand of ginger beer Diane.
    I had no idea of the relocation story of Bert Hinkler's home; very interesting.
    Well done.

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  10. Your mystery trip was even more wonderful than I had imagined, all of these towns are delightful. The Mary Poppins sculptures are so interesting and a great tribute to P.L. Travers.

    I am really intrigued by the Mystery Craters and Ginger Beer.

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  11. So far we have travelled 230miles.

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  12. Bert's house looks very much like what we saw in England last year...except for that upper floor balcony!

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