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Sunday, 12 July 2009

on the road again - eastern queensland

on the road again.
this time travelling north on the Bruce highway.
In Caboolture, we take the turnoff to the D'Aguilar highway.
on this road, we see the towns of wamuran,

woodford,
kilcoy.
then on to benarkin, blackbutt, yarraman, nanango (old haunts these).

We pause for smokes and some local Kingaroy peanuts in Nanango. From Nanango we take the Burnett highway staying on a northerly course.

Needing a short cut, er uppercut, no just an upper - a short cup, we stop for some coffee and fuel in Goomeri.

We next go past Ban-ban springs (no hotsprings here, just an abandoned spring resort when this cultural heritage place was destroyed ironically as a result of re-vegetation and beautification efforts).
Founded in 1849, Queensland's oldest town of gayndah is maganda. with blue skies and whatnot.

but the real draw to this town is the citrus grown under the queensland sun. they're the sweetest oranges you can find this side of the northern tropics (that's right! south of sagada. for those interested fyi the best citrus is found in kalinga, mainit and sagada, not necessarily in that order). Citrus growing is the main activity in the agricultural industry of Gayndah. This is supplemented by forestry and livestock production.

On the north of the railway after Gayndah we say bonjour to the small town of Binjour situated on a plateau.
This area was opened up not by French but German immigrants.

Eidsvold, a cattle industry centre in the Burnett region, is named after eidsvoll in Norway.

We had lunch here, right in front of the butchery, where they sell fresh beef.

This town also offers wide open country spaces - good for dixie chicks. Cattle, timber and citrus growing are the backbone of the rural industry sustaining Eidsvold.

Continuing on our way, we see Mulgildie, Monto, Thangool and finally our destination Biloela.
click below for video clips on the road. (music from gillian welch and also from the highwaymen).
see video in youtube: