Maryborough Showgrounds

The Maryborough Showgrounds is enormous. There’s plenty of room for camping, clean dunnies and only mild highway sounds in the distance. While we stay there’s a gymkhana, billy cart racing and some great country music happening way over the other side of the park. The sort of things that you would never, ever see in a caravan park. This is a perfect base for unhitching and exploring the Fraser Coast and historic Maryborough. Just passing through? What could be better than just swinging off the highway and putting your feet up here? Where: Bruce Highway, Maryborough, Qld and a short … Continue reading Maryborough Showgrounds

Eungella

July 2018, Eungella, Qld I had originally planned that we’d stay at the Broken River Bush Camp at Eungella National Park. Fortunately our mates ‘The Sugars’ in Mackay recommended the Finch Hatton showgrounds as the best option for touring the area and I now know why. Finch Hatton is central and the road up to Eungella is steep with a gradient in places exceeding 15%. If you’ve travelled the Waterfall Way in NSW it is reminiscent but steeper. Lined with palms, tiny waterfalls spurt from the rock face and halfway up a road crew are working to repair the edge. … Continue reading Eungella

Finch Hatton

July 2018, Finch Hatton, Qld Inland from Mackay the Pioneer Valley is positively bucolic. Small sugar towns, old Queenslanders surrounded by palms and cane, acres of cane. Sugar mills belching steam high into the air. Marian, the town where Dame Nellie Melba once lived as a young bride in an unsuccessful marriage. Towns like Mirani, Gargett where we stop to walk through the market and then we arrive at Finch Hatton. The Main Street of Finch Hatton, where a railway line once ran is lined with palms and big old mango trees. There’s a pub, a general store, a real … Continue reading Finch Hatton