Strawberries to rainforests
Trip Start Jan 06, 2009
28Trip End Nov 24, 2009
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Strawberries, strawberries and more strawberries. We have had our quota of strawberries since being on the farm in Beerwah. I don't think any strawberries will ever taste as good again as these freshly picked ones. Henry's farm has about ½ a million plants, a combination of the gaviota and camarosa, and they are all sold in Sydney. Some of the gaviota's are the size of the palm of my hand. It surprises us how quickly the strawberries ripen and colour. The pickers will go through one area and pick all the ripe strawberries and then 2 days later they will go back through that same area and pick the next crop that has ripened.
Since we have been on the farm, we have being doing some local sight-seeing along with a 2 day trip back to Tasmania to celebrate my sister, Vicki's 50th birthday
On to Bundaberg where we caught up with our Robinvale grape picking friends – Dave and Sue. They are currently picking tomatoes in Bundaberg. We hung out with Dave and Sue for a night and then headed to the local market with them the next morning for breakfast and picked up some fresh fruit and veges.
While in Bundaberg we had to do a tour of the Bundaberg Rum distillery. Bundy rum is recognized as one of Aussie's favourite spirits. We were not able to take our camera in to the factory, but it didn't matter as it would not have captured the many sweet and pungent smells we experienced. Bundaberg Rum Distillery came about because the local sugar mills had a problem with what to do with the waste – molasses, after the sugar was extracted
We left Bundaberg and went via Agnes Waters and the town of Seventeen Seventy before arriving at Rockhampton where we spent one night in a nice caravan park right on the Fitzroy river. We were told Rockhampton was the place to have a good piece of beef. After checking with the locals about the best place to find a steak, we walked into town and had tea at the Bush Inn Bar and Grill. The steak was not as good as hoped. Wayne loves a good juicy steak. He will just has to keep trying different places until he finds the best steak place in Australia. Actually we haven't eaten much beef since we have been in Australia. Lamb, chicken and fish have been our staples
Our next stop was Platypus Bush camp and that literally describes it. A very primitive and back to nature camping experience right in the middle of a rainforest at Finch Hatton Gorge, near Eungella. They have no electricity at this place however they did have old style flushing toilets with pull cords and hot "rainforest" showers. The showers were heated by a wood-burning stove. The showers were only enclosed on 3 sides, the backside was completely open and faced the rainforest. The camping area was next to a cascading river, with 2 large natural swimming holes in walking distance. Unfortunately we did not get to see any platypus, but others around us spotted them. A beautiful and memorable place.