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turtles Lake Alford Reserve Gympie

lake Alford Reserve








6th April. On the road again we are moving on to Maryborough, it is a bit better weather wise today, still overcast and it tried to rain a couple of times, but there were patches of sunshine. We had morning tea at a lovely park Lake Alford Reserve in Gympie, we spent about an hour walking around the ponds in the park, water birds were everywhere they have a very nice home as there are small islands in the middle of the ponds, and plenty of food. I took a couple of slices of bread to feed them but as we walked over the bridges there were dozens of turtles and huge catfish so the bread didn’t go far, there is a children’s play ground, barbecues, shelters and seating. Gympie has a lot of parks. One thing we have found in Queensland is that most waterways, dams and ponds are full of beautiful water lilies, usually purple or white ones, it surprising to think how expensive they are at home. Maryborough was once a gold mining town, but is now mainly a sugar cane growing areas. We arrived just after lunch, we booked into the Huntsville Caravan Park it is a bit gross, there are large number of permanents, in all manner of old run down caravans, which makes the place look unkept, but the amenities are very good in fact they look like they have been recently renovated.

7th April. This morning we went to Maryborough’s Thursday Market which is held weekly, in the middle of town, it is a very good market, many stalls full of local produce, and the wonderful fresh spices like I bought in Sydney, (can’t beat fresh) the rest of the stalls were as usual jewellery, clothes, soaps, paintings etc. After a good look around the markets and buying enough fruit and vege to keep us going for a week. We dropped off our purchases at the van and I put together a picnic lunch and then we took off for Hervey Bay, the weather although very windy and somewhat cloudy at times, the sun did break through from time to time. Hervey Bay is a lovely spot, on the ocean, Frazer Island is only a few klms off the coast and day cruises can be taken from Hervey Bay. We had our picnic lunch in a lovely park on the ocean’s edge. After lunch we walked along the boardwalk, it was very pleasant. Then we drove to Flinders Lookout (the place that Mathew Flinders first landed) there is also a memorial to those men who were trained (at Hervey Bay) in sabotage and died in WW2. After a good look around we made our way back to Maryborough.

8th April. Overnight it rained (we had ½ inch) and it has continued of and on this morning. We are having and lazy day today, we will go up town later and that will be about it. We are moving on to Bunderburg tomorrow.

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