I’ll bet you’ve never heard of Kandanga and neither had we.
Kandanga is in the Mary valley up in sunny Queensland. Kandanga is about 28kms south of Gympie with a population of 600 not counting the cows.
There’s a large shady free camp but we choose the classy option, the Bowls Club at $15 for power and with $4 beers we reckon we’ve got a bargain, lots of lawn and sunshine too. Host Johnno looks after the campers needs and keeps us all in line and the locals are friendly.
“Even with two doonas and the odd blast of heat from the electric blanket it was bloody cold last night. When Woody set off to take the toilet cassette to the nearest dump point (6kms away), yes you read that correctly 6kms, there was ice on the windscreen. Meanwhile back at the van I couldn’t get the gas hot water to fire up either as something in there was frozen.”
“As the day warmed in Kandanga things got to jumping. Having risen from the ashes of a fire the pub is celebrating its grand reopening with an afternoon of country music. The Footy team is playing at home and both freedom camps are full. The sun is warm and even the cows seem to be enjoying the music.”
“We are parked backed up to the bowling green with a cow paddock opposite. On one side is a bush clad hillside and the other view is of the war memorial and the pub.”
“We meet the new young butcher who has just bought the business from his boss and this is his first day. We buy a leg of lamb for dinner and a pumpkin from the lass in the general store. There’s nothing better than a lamb roast on a cold night.”
After four nights we leave Kandanga to head south but it will remain in our memories a highlight of this trip. A tiny town with a big heart.