The story of Gingertown, Bulimba and Batman!

Trip Start May 29, 2010
Trip End Aug 30, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

On leaving the dolphins at Tin Can Bay we headed south to Brisbane.

We had read somewhere (we have looked at so many information leaflets over this six weeks we could become tour guides easily!) about a Ginger Factory on the Sunshine Coast and thought it was somewhere that we HAD to stop at - even if only to take a picture!

We arrived there at about 9.30am to find that they had a Ginger Tour, a train ride that departed from Gingertown station and various other attractions, so we decided to give it a look for a while!  The Buderim Ginger Factory is the biggest ginger factory in the world and the tour takes you through the life cycle of ginger, how they process it and ends up with a tasting session.  Pineapple marimated in their ginger cordial was our favourite!

The Gingertown train took us around the factory grounds and saw various farmyard animals chasing the train for bread that the driver was throwing out!

Inevatibly we had to pick up some gifts (!!!!)  Jess, you would have loved it!

After the Ginger Factory we headed on towards Brisbane with a brief stop on the outskirts at Westfield Shopping Centre!

Day 39 saw us purchase a hop on - hop off touring bus ticket which took us around the highlights of the city.  Particular spots to note were Mount Coot-tha lookout which gives panoramic views of the city, Brisbane's version of the Eiffle Tower (not v impressive) and the curtural quarter where we looked around the museum, modern art gallery and the main art gallery.  They have work from all over the world, including a Barbara Hepworth sculputre from St Ives!

On our final ride back to the city centre, the driver asked us what we were going to do next.  We replied that we were going to look for somewhere to eat and he suggested that we head for Bulimba.  This was reached via the citycat cattermaran (which was also part of our ticket) so off we went and found a lovely little suburb of the city with some great restaurants.  We cruised the whole length of the citycat route before returning to the centre and walking back to the hotel.

Day 40 - Our final proper day in this half of the trip!  So what to do?  We had done the city and the Ginger Factory was going to take some beating!  So we decided to head south down towards the Gold Coast, to Warner Bros Movie World theme park.  This is similar to Disneyland or Universal Studios.

We arrived to find massive queues (keep forgetting it is their winter holidays) but they moved fairly quickly.  First stop was the Batman 2 ride which took us on a mission flying around Gotham City!  Then it was on to Superman and a rollercoaster which rode us around Metropolis very quickly (for those who have been on Rita at Alton Towers, it was faster than that! Gemma came off shaking!).  Next stop was Lethal Weapon (similar to Nemesis).  The plan was then to go on the the Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster but having queued for around 45 minutes, they closed the ride due to technical problems!  We were not overly impressed by this, especially as we had spent quite a time queueing for the previous rides and the park closed at the traditional Aussie closing time of 5pm!

Hey ho!  Off we went to the kids section and went on a couple of rides there and then wandered back to find that the Spooky Coaster was open again.  It was definately worth it, a cross between a ghost train and a rollercoaster. For those who have been to Blackpool Pleasure beach, imagine ghost train meets wild mouse meets space invader and you will have the idea!

The day ended with a large ice cream each and the parade (a la Disney but not quite so spectacular!)  We drove back to Brisbane and went out for dinner in Fortitude Valley, finding a nice Italian restaurant.  I had the biggest Calzonie I have ever seen (and it was only the medium one!) and Gemma had a tasty risotto.  A great end to a fun few days on the Queensland coast.
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