KINGAROY THE PEANUT CAPITAL

Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
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Trip End Oct 31, 2013


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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28

Kingaroy,

Kingaroy Showgrounds Caravan Park $17pn.

Known as the Peanut Capitol of Australia, Kingaroy is a town of 9000 people and the famous home of a past Queensland Premier Bjjkle Petersen ; you can, if you feel inclined, stay in a cottage at Bethany his property or have pumpkin scones made from his wife Flo's recipe. We did neither, preferring to park the van at The Show grounds with other travellers and have a snack elsewhere.


After visiting the modern and impressive information centre, we walked around the town for 6 hours. The town centre is dominated by the tall peanut silos with the smell of roasting peanuts wafting through the air. As usual, we checked out the second hand shops for more reading material; these shops have been a good source of books as we travel, and at 50 cents that’s cheap reading.

The old Butter Factory (now called Proteco) had a delicious selection of soft cheeses under the Kingaroy label and a range of cold pressed oils from different Australian seeds and fruit. They also sold local wine but as we are not fans of QLD wines we let this go; after 2 attempts, we did get a reasonable cup of coffee there.

Let’s have a whinge about getting a good cup of coffee as you travel about in Oz; well it is near to impossible! So we have reverted to the habit we formed when travelling in the USA: "double espresso with a small jug of hot milk on the side" and if the coffee beans are good this results in an ok cup of coffee. We have the percolator with us which we use on the camp fire or gas stove when camping and this is great.

Of course we bought a bag of local roasted peanuts in their shells from the Peanut Van, and devoured them with a cold beer pre-dinner back at the van.

The following morning we drove to the Endeavour Biscuit Factory, which is staffed by mentally disabled people and where you can, and we did buy yummy biscuits, fruit cake and relishes etc.  A drive to Mt Wooroolin presented a birds eye view of the town and surroundings, and a trip to the Crane winery took us to a pretty hilly area called Booie where the proprietor told us how the drought was affecting the grape production.

OCTOBER 29 2009

Kilcoy council overnight camp site: free

We drove through the interesting towns Nanango, Yarraman and Blackbutt  on the D’aguilar Hwy, stopping for a quick walk about in each. The “rail trail” is a great idea in progress- the Brisbane Valley railway line is being recycled into a 148km track for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. We checked out the starting point at Blackbutt and it will eventually reach Ipswich. Now that would be a great bike trip.

We are heading back to Brisbane for the next dental appointment and to do a few other things on our list so, we over-nighted at the Kilcoy council camp site that we noticed on our way to Bunya Mountains. It was not actually free but the forms you were supposed to fill in were not in place and we felt disinclined to throw money in the box without the paperwork so it was free for us.

We found a walking track installed by the council to encourage local fitness to complete our daily power walk next morning, ate breakfast and headed back to Brisbane
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