Wooroolin is on the Bunya Highway, 243 kilometres north west of Brisbane.
Immediately to the east of the town is the Wooroolin Wetland, which is classified as a palustrine wetland, a non-tidal, inland, seasonally flooded, vegetated swamp.
Our drive here was quite uneventful, it did give us the chance to test the new Triton and to compare it to our previous vehicle, the Nissan Navara. We are happy to report that the Triton went very well, the engine torque is notably improved over the Navara, particulary the low down torque. The 'infomedia' system or the information available to the driver is also much improved, such items as current and average litres per 100km fuel consumption for example.
Wooroolin has a large free camp for transient tourists, toilet facilities and coin operated showers are on offer.
The Wooroolin RV camp is on the site of the old railway yard, once a very busy place and a realhead for grain and peanut storage...this all died as road transport became the norm....the old grain sheds and original railway station can still be seen.
Evidence that Wooroolin was once a thriving community can be seen by its memorial hall and the last remaining hotel....little else remain, a cafe, a post office and a tractor service centre is about it.
The butchers shop closed some years ago but the butcher remained there, he turned his shop into a cafe...The Butchers Cafe....it is seems to be doing ok...we had fish and chips and hamburger with the lot and we were quite satisfied.
We have heard that the Grand Hotel also has good meals...we had intented to have a beer and a meal there but we walked all the way up there, forgot our mobile and couldn't do the covid QR Code, a condition of entry...the Butchers Cafe had no such requirement.
Our next stop was Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park.
We have often stayed here, we think this would be the largest showgrounds, the best presented showgrounds we have ever stayed in, and we have stayed in many.
We think it would be pretty near impossible to arrive here and not find a site.
In the left photo below the white caravan power boxes can be seen in the centre left, each box contains at least 8 15amp power points and there are four taps below each box. Our site in the right hand photo.
We have visited Maryboro on many ocassions but we were very impressed with a new feature in Queens Park in town.
The Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial is an excellent display, it shows the folly of war in a very graphic way...many Australians and New Zealanders died at Gallipoli unecessarily...incompetent British commanders sent our men into 'ghastly gigantic mincing machines'. A description given by the famous Australian newspaper reporter Charles Bean.
If it were not for such men as Bean and fellow journalist Keith Murdoch who were sucessful in getting the full story of the carnage back to the Australian government, despite being threatened by the British authorities, that changes were made and a sucessful evacuation was carried out by Australian military experts.
Below right, the gates to the memorial in Queens Park.....and on the left a shot of the 'Walk'...speaker boxes and interruptive plaques.
Below left, bronze sculptures of personal items found at Gallipoli, and sculptures of Charles Beans tools, his typewriter, notebook and spectacles.
On the left below we see a statue of Lieutenant Duncan Chapman, Lt Chapman was the first member of the AIF to set foot on the shore at Gallipoli in 1915, Lt Chapman was also a Maryborough son. The red poppies someone has placed into his belt left over from ANZAC day, just a few days ago.
On the right a statue I found particulary poignant, a statue representing mothers, mothers who sit reading letters from their sons, sons who wont come home, sons who wrote the letters before joining over 6800 other Australian and Kiwi sons killed in this sensless battle.
Maryboroughs Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial is something all Australian's should be proud of and a visit is recommended.
Mary Poppins is also a Maryborough sister, although Mary wasnt born there, the author of Mary Poppins, PL Travers was.
We ummed and ahhed about Gin Gin, should we stay in the showground, a nice spot we have often stayed before at $20 per night or should we drive 1.5km north of town and stay in the free camp?....we decided to take a look at the free camp first and make a decision.
We have stayed in the free camp before but it can get crowded....we looked there and decided to stay.
We like how we can camp there, back from the road and watch the passing traffic...we got a good site and were quite happy to spend two nights there.
Our site on the left..Gin Gin free camp is a roomy place, right photo..set back from the road.
A memorial plaque in Gin Gin free camp...perhaps not politically correct today.
Our initial observation on arriving at Elliott Heads Tourist Park was one of shock...we had arrived at a construction site!.
Massive works under way, a number of new family sized cabins, a new undergorund plumbing system, a new office complex, new camp kitchen and many sites deemed out of bounds, including the one we had booked!
At first the changes, since we were last there, 18 months ago, are good, the new office and camp kitchen on left. But on the right, on entering the park, a construction zone.
To the left, the site we originally wanted....#123..a good site with bushes on both sides, we were told that this site was in a group that are not used during the non-busy times...we were told we could have site #125 instead. When we arrived however site #125 was also not available.
Instead we were sent to the 'overflow' area, outside the actual caravan park, power and water had been set up for temporary use.
It wasnt all bad however, flat grassy sites and away from the construction noise.
While we accept progress must occur we lament the old 'easy going' atmosphere of the Elliot Heads Tourist park, our return will now be doubtful.
The Elliott Heads location however has not lost its appeal..its a beautiful place, above on left is the main swimming beach...SLSC controlled during the weekends. To the right we see the large wide estuary. the Elliott River reaches the sea here, beyond the mangroves.
The two views above are looking north and south respectively from Elliott Heads.
A short walk from the caravan park brings visitors to a memorial for the enemy submarine lookout station situated here during WW2,
The right hand photo is of the picturesque ANZAC memorial, the two wooden posts to the right are from the original lookout buildings.
The photo to the left is of the mouth of the Elliott River, the small 'grassy knoll' in the centre left is Dr. Mays island, an important bird sanctuary, some birds are said to fly 25'000 km each year to lay eggs here.
The river currently enters the ocean on the far or southern side of Dr. Mays Island, a few years ago it ran on this side of the island.
And on the right, we were visited daily by two cute ducks. They are Burdekin Ducks, these ducks are generally found in the northern warmer parts along the east coast and not commonly down here, perhaps another climate change result?. Burdekin Ducks can be quite tame and dont fly off as man approaches, as a result they are often targeted by shooters.
Sunset over Elliott Heads. May 6 2021
A report on the new Triton's progress.
This trip is our maiden trip with our new Mitsubishi Triton. The Triton, which we took delivery of in March 2021 replaced our nine year old Nissan Navara.
The Triton's diesel engine is actually slightly smaller than the Nissan, 2.4 litres capacity down from 2.5L but the torques is up from 403 Nm to 430 Nm, the Mitsubishi's torque band, coupled with its perfectly spaced six speed automatic transmisson ratios make the two vehicles as different as cheese and chalk.
I wont go so far as to say 'I wouldn't know the caravan is on' but it certainly makes for easier towing.
The Triton is most notably different when driving at highway speeds, maintaining 100 km/hr is so much easier, the engine revs are around 1800 at 100 km/hr.
Early days yet (The Triton has travelled just 1900km) but fuel consumption is about the same at a respectable 15-16 L/100km, the caravan has an all up weight of just under two tonnes.
Another great Triton advantage is the voice controlled dashboard driver information system, while it does have an inbuilt GPS system it lacks Mapping, this is achieved by connecting our mobile via a USB cable at which point Google's Andriod Auto with all its features is available... a voice command, 'OK Google' wakes the system up, follow this with such requests as 'What will the weather be today? willachieve instant results. 'Navigate to Elliott Heads Tourist Park' sets the mapping, even idiotic questions like 'What do kangaroo's eat' gets an instant answer.
I must admit it is a bit odd to say 'OK Google' followed by 'Hello' to be answered by a lady with a pleasent Australian voice...'Good morning Paul, how can I help'.
Older readers may remember 'Six Million Man' and Kit, the talking car.
The Hummock Lookout
Situated off the road to Bargara is the low-lying volcanic remnant known as "The Hummock" which, although only 96 metres above sea-level, offers visitors good views over the whole area. The ocean is visible to the east while, to the west, the sugar fields can be seen encircling the city with the smoke stacks of the Bundaberg Distillery and Mill on the horizon. Watch the moon rise over the ocean as the sun sets over the land.
First named by Matt Flinders in 1799 when he cruised past in the Investigator.
The Hummock Lookout
Was opened in 1931 (above)...there is also a momumnet there for aviator Bert Hinkler, a Bundaberg son, it was supposed to have a model of one of his aeroplanes atop but I have no idea what happened to it.
Interestingly a friend sent a photo taken at the mouth of the Elliott River back in 2007, here we can see Dr.Mays Island and the Elliott River running into the sea on the north side....Thank you Barry.
The new and improved Elliott Heads camp kitchen has bright lighting...we can only assume it is to repel insects...looks good anyway.
Our last moring at Elliott Heads saw us down at the waters edge at the crack of dawn, tea and coffee in hand, to watch the sunrise.
Gin Gin version 2.0.
Following our week at Elliott Heads we decided to call in and see the Mystery Craters half way between Elliott Heads and Gin Gin, we had heard about the craters from a number of people, craters in the ground had mistified poeple, even scientists, for a long time. We checked opening times and was quite surprised to arrive there only to be confronted with a 'Sorry we're closed sign".
We travelled on to the Gin Gin Rest Area, about a KM north of town.
Left above, our Gin Gin rest area site, almost excatly the same spot as one week ago....and a big mistake!
During the night sleep was very difficult due to the number of trucks using the rest area...um, for resting.
Many of them had refrigerators too!
This truck, on the right, had a very expensive cargo...drag racing cars coming from a display in Townsville enroute to Sydney.
Following Gin Gin 2.0 we had planned to travel to Redcliffe and catch up with some relatives, we were unable to get a site at Redcliffe showgrounds however.
Instead we settled on a different route home...our next stop was at the Biggenden RV camp.
We ahve stayed in this nice little town often, we are impressed by the work the council has gone to to make this neat little town attractive to tourists.
Biggenden RV Stopover camp is situated on the old railway yards...a large area, few facilities however..$5 per night.....our site on the left and the entrance to the RV park.
Just outside the Biggenden RV Stopover camp there are memorial gardens honoring the pioneers of the district, below, and a magnificant Queensland Bottle Tree and a sculpture of a pioneer.
Below on right...photos and stories about the areas pioneers
The old Biggenden railway station....we were standing there on the platform, a gentleman from the nearby Mens Shed stopped by...'We are waiting for a train' I quipped, quick as a flash he responded; 'The 4:10 from Childers has been delayed'....trains have not run through Biggenden for 16 years!.
Crossing the Burnett River, on the way to Gin Gin.
Between Biggenden and Munduberra travelers come across Ban Ban Springs...an important meeting place for aboriginies.
We have often stopped at Ban Ban Springs, usually it is bubbling up...not at the moment, dry as a drongo.
Mundubbera Showgrounds our next stop, for a couple of nights.
As we passed through Gayndah we entered the citrus growing region of Queensland..
The small rural service centre of Mundubbera is located on the Burnett River although it likes to think of itself as the "Meeting Place of the Waters" because both the Boyne and the Auburn Rivers flow into the Burnett 10 km west of the town. Historically Mundubbera claimed to be the Citrus Capital of Queensland. At the time the Mundubbera district produced over one third of Queensland's citrus fruit and claimed to have the largest single citrus orchard in the Southern Hemisphere.
Today the Mundubbera district has diversified with local orchardists producing mangoes,avocados, lychees, peaches, nectarines, watermelons, rockmelons and blueberries. It is now Queensland's largest producer of table grapes. The town's main attractions are the Bicentennial Park beside the Burnett River, the interesting Meeting Place of the Waters Mural and the local museum.
Mundubbera Showgrounds, a typical showgrounds camping experience. Toilets and showers, whilst clean they are quite primitive...one shower tap might be different to the other but when you turn it on you get hot water, you will be able to connect to power although you may need to carry a 10/15 amp adaptor. For us the biggest attraction to showground camping is the space available, you likely wont have close neighbours...and you will likely pay about half of what the towns caravan park will charge.
After stopping here for two nights we have to say this possibly one of the best showgrounds we have stayed in, and we have stayed in many.
Lyons Street Mundubbera, a busy little town, sadly a lot of businesses closed down and a lot of residential homes for sale. Sadly we see this often in our tours of rural Australia.
Bicentenial park, Mundubbera...on right.
Last night, here in Munduberra, we were witness to a truly 'AttenBro' experience; two colonies of fruit bats currently call Mundubbera home and at dusk they all fly off en masse...the sky actually darkened with the little bludgers, chatting to one local I hear they have tried a number of things to dissuade them, they find chucking a handful of Sulphur powder on a burning John Deere tractor tyre has an effect but they were told to stop and desist or else they would get in trouble!. Fruit bats are a protected species.
I tried to get a photo but I failed.
We did a little back tracking after Munduberra, we took a road less travelled and ended up back at Wooroolin...little changed here so little to report. This time we had a beer at the Grand Hotel, last time, you may recall we had forgotten our mobile and couldn't QR code in. The reason why we dont often go to hotels soon became obvious, I had a pot, Pam a schooner of Gt Northern and it cost $10.50!...$10.50 for less than one litre of beer...and we say diesel is expensive!.
We had fish and chips from the 'Butchers Cafe' again but this time they had no Barra, Hoki instead, it was good. Our Wooroolin site below.
Our next and possibly final stop on this trip was at the Nanango RV camp, just south of town.
This RV camp is a popular one, you need to get in early, we did and we got a good site.
We have been to Nanango many times but this is the first time we have stayed in the free camp.
In fact, very unusual for us but we drove through Nanango and didnt stop until we were in the camp, we spent no money in Nanango...we had stopped in Kingaroy on the way and we needed nothing.
Nanango was founded by goold miner many years ago, there are a number of mining relics dotted around the RV camp. The camp is not big and recent rains resulted in many puddles and wet spots.
There are toilets here, a dump point too. A tap for drinking water, we could only see on ebut there may have been others.
An old sign suggests a time limit of 20 hours but we hoped to stay for two nights and then drive directly home.
Some shots of the RV park and our site below.
We had planned to spend our last two nights in Nanango however several 'feral' or undesirable neighbors decided the plans for us...from Nanango we headed onto Moore, a small town not far from Kilcoy and about 100km from home.
The free RV campgrounds at Moore are situated right in 'town'....town consistes of four cafe/take away business' all competing for the same dollar...we were there on a Sunday and they did very well, not sure about other days of the week. There is nothing else in Moore now...not even a pub!.
Regardless it is s nice place to camp..there were just two other RV's there, there are powerpoints available for $5 but we elected to just camp on a level spot on the grass.
Had we known we would have ice on the Tritons roof the next morning we may have opted for electricity and our heater however.
Moore sits alongside the popular Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and it attracts many bicycle and horse riders most weekends.
This collection of eateries comprises the township of Moore....obviously once a thriving place, certainly nice for a visit anyway.
And this means the end of our trip..there is in fact no Moore.
This has been a good, short little trip and it has been quite enjoyable.
Thank you for coming along....more expected later in the year.