State of Queensland Off The Beaten Path

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    Hinze Dam
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    Orange threadtail damselfly
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    Colony of fruit bats
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State of Queensland Off The Beaten Path

  • General

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    A very nice scenic drive to do, is a full day trip to Mt. Mee. From Brisbane, head toSamford, then onto the small village of Dayboro. A stop at these villages finds Museums and historical buildings. Dayboro is where we find the brown tourist sign to Mt. Mee. Straight away, we begin to climb up the Mountain side, even from the start, the scenery is...

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  • Hinterland / National Parks

    Gold Coast Off The Beaten Path

    The Hinze Dam is located about 15kms from Nerang on the Gold Coast. Since I first wrote this tip a lot has changed at the Dam. The Hinze Dam was originally constructed in 1976, then in 1989, work began on raising the wall another 15 metres, doubling the dam's capacity and providing increased water security and flood mitigation for the Gold Coast...

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  • Coochiemudlo Island

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    "COOCHIE" is what the Island is commonly known as, is located 1km off the coast at Victoria Point. The Island is a small 5ks, so you can walk the whole Island quite easily, this I have done once. No need to hurry! On the way, I saw the red clay banks, probably these are what the Island was named after, as it means"red rock," holiday shack's, and...

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  • Islands.

    Gold Coast Off The Beaten Path

    This is definitely undiscovered, but only a couple of kilometres from Surfers Paradise. A large sand island 20km long, it has empty beaches. A ferry runs from the west side of The Spit for about $7 return. A more expensive ferry to Couran Cove runs several time past the campgrounds.

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  • Chenrezig Institute

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    The Chenrezig Institute was the first Tibetan Buddhist centre formed in the western world, and remains today as one of the largest. It is a centre for teaching, mediation, and a calm and relaxing place to visit and relax. There is a community of nuns and monks who live here, there is also a fantastic restaurant (Veg of course) that serves a lunch...

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  • Bird / Animal parks.

    Gold Coast Off The Beaten Path

    Australia Zoo is a beautifully laid out and well planned spacious open concept animal sanctuary. It's much more than just another zoo because their vision is for conservation and animal rescue. A great part of their mission is to protect endangered species by educating people in an entertaining way through animal shows. There are daily shows...

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  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is great for getting close to all the Australian animals. Here you can cuddle a koala and hand feed kangaroos and emus. There are more than 130 koalas here but when you hold them, be prepared for the claws, they can dig in a bit. Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane

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  • Shopping.

    Gold Coast Off The Beaten Path

    Harbour Town Shopping Centre. It's a bit out of the way from the 'touristy' shopping areas of Broadbeach/Surfers/Southport, but definately worth a visit. The whole place (and let me tell you - IT'S HUGE!) is full of bargain shopping. Here you'll find factory outlets for every type of fashion possible - even the big european designer labels - over...

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  • Forest Lake

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    This Queensland National park is right in Brisbane itself and a delightful way to spend a morning/afternoon/day. It is only 15 mins drive from the CBD, on mt Nebo Rd through the suburb called The Gap. It is a free facility, apart from the Wildlife Centre situated at the Park Information Centre which is $5.70 for adults. This is well worth the...

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  • Glasshouse mountains

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    The Glasshouse Mountains are located to the north of Brisbane. On May 17, 1770 Captain James Cook discovered these mountains, and said as they looked like a glass house, he would name them the "Glasshouse Mountains." They are a series of steep-sided volcanic plugs, that rise abruptly from the ground in unusual shapes, quite stunning! Anytime of...

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  • The big Pineapple

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    The Big Pineapple is Australia's number one tourist attraction. It was established in 1971, and the first sight of the plantation is a large 16m high fiberglass pineapple. You can go inside and learn more about Queensland Tropical Fruit industries and get great views of the Sunshine Coast from the top level. You can take a ride on a genuine sugar...

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  • Mt Mee

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    Mt Mee is an area north west of Brisbane about 1 1/2 hours drive from the CBD The drive there takes you through some spectacular bush scenery and the views from Mt Mee on a fine day are outstanding. There is nothing to do there, but there is a good cafe/restaurant there next to the Mt Mee community hall. You could easily carry on driving and...

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  • Botanical Gardens

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    Other areas in the Botanic Gardens are the Rainforest, Fragrant Herb and Plant Garden, the Bonsai, Cactus and Fern Houses, Lagoon and Bamboo Grove and the Australian Plant Community which takes up 27 hectares just by itself. There is also a Planetarium and Herbarium. The Bamboo Grove existed on its own before the gardens were developed. There is a...

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  • Riverside walk

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    There are some fantastic areas by the river, just to get away from the madding crowds for a while :)) The river is not normally this color, it was churned up with heavy rains, just before I took this shot..

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  • Amity Point

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    Amity Point on North Stradbroke Island, catch the ferry from Redland Bay or Cleveland, miles of unspoilt beaches, freshwater lakes, National Parks, see koalas, dolphins, whales, hundreds of Australian birds http://www.amitybungalows.com.au/wildlife.htm

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  • Finding Fashion Clothes .

    You have come to Queensland....you have travelled light.....and you find there is a Melbourne Cup Party and you want to buy that special dress (or a night out somewhere you did not expect)Now, sure, some of my friends who are tallish...and dark haired can wear black....and put together something out of nothing...but that is not me.Just last week I...

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  • MITCHELL

    MITCHELL marks the Gateway to Queensland's Outback. The town is located beside the banks of the Maranoa River, had wide tree-lined streets and many colonial buildings. In Mitchell, you will see a lot of "Bottle Trees", very old, and quite huge in size. . The Great Artesian Spa is a large open-air spa whose warm waters relax the muscles, ease...

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  • Go Horseriding

    There are a number of escorted horse riding adventures in Queensland which visitors will enjoy. Often the ride will include billy tea and damper somewhere in the bush.Many cater for the more experienced rider though most will look after relative beginners as well.But never be too 'cocky'...best to be a bit modest...my friends and I usually say that...

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  • Find Old Cars and Machinery Museums

    Now this is a difficult task in Queensland. You might even think the only place you will find something of interest is at a used car yard!But we do have some old cars and bikes , vintage and veteran and classic ...but many are in private collections...unfortunately one very impressive collection on The Sunshine Coast almost made it on view for all...

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  • A little place called Beerwah

    My memory of Beerwah goes back to the days we lived in Esk in the Brisbane Valley and would travel over to the Sunshine Coast .....and when we passed through Beerwah we reckoned we we almost there..... then in later years when we lived in Palmwoods a few of us rode all the way to Beerwah on horseback....it would have been 1998 I guess and I doubt...

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  • Stradbroke Island

    To find out where Straddy is Read here if you are in Brisbane that is a start.......ferries and water taxis leave from Cleveland.What is commonly referred to, as Stradbroke Island or 'Straddie' is in fact North Stradbroke Island. It forms a barrier between Moreton Bay and the South Pacific Ocean. The northern beaches face the Coral Sea.The island...

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  • An unusual beach

    Well I recently read about cities that have beaches of one variety or another and I am delighted to tell you we have a beach in Queensland....in Brisbane the capital.Now I know we have cities on beaches in Queensland...but this is a bit different. This is a man made beach in the heart of townIn my Brisbane pages I describe a wonderful way to...

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  • The Land of the Croaking Frog

    What a great Name! We were about an hour out from St George in S-W Queensland heading for Lightning Ridge (read more on my profile page) After an hour or so along the way we pull up in this little place. A pub across the road and a general store and we are in The Land of the Croaking Frog. Well when the rains come so do the frogs.They do not know...

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  • An Absolute Delight

    Crystal Waters Eco Village Conondale, Queensland. 26K from Maleny about 1 1/2 hours drive north of Brisbane..It is quite a place! 650 acres of bushland.....It is a few years since we made the trip to Crystal Waters but I have living evidence of our journey growing in our garden.Our most exciting find was Taro...a special Taro grown for the...

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  • Those Unusual Events

    Now Queensland covers a lot of ground....see my introduction photograph so you might only be able to manage one or two of these events...and you have to be here at the right time ....but think how much fun it will be to go to the World Lizard race at Eulo in outback Queensland (and I have a contact for you) or maybe a worm race at Crow's Nest (not...

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  • Underground Opera in Queensland

    The first time I was drawn to one of these events was in response to reading about opera in other countries on the VT pages on Nemorino (Don).... but this Queensland opera is opera with with a difference I thought....opera under the ground....So where do you find Underground Opera in Queensland?....Well first at Bli Bli Castle Sunshine Coast....Bli...

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  • Fossick for Thundereggs

    Where you ask? In Central Queensland...out from Rockhampton the lady said.Do you want to become an instant expert?......well you can. We arrived at Mt Hay a few years ago complete novices in the art of fossicking...a kind 'early bird 'showed us the ropes and then left. Soon we were teaching the next arrivals. A little story I always remembered But...

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  • Chevron Island, Gold Coast

    When you think of all the places on the Gold Coast I bet you hardly give Chevron Island a thought....that is unless you have read my Secret Garden reviewNow Chevron Island is at the back of the 'glam' Surfer's Paradise. And it is a little oasis....maybe a little suburb where you can return to 'normal' life and find a post office and things such as...

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  • Hartwood Camp Fires and Country Music...

    When I wrote this review I did not have an Australia Page so with a bit of a stretch of the imagination lets have a Queensland tip for NSW.If you are visiting Queensland or even live there this is very 'doable' from Brisbane.Every Easter there is a wonderful activity in central NSW on a property called "Hartwood" somewhere between Coolah and Tanbar...

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  • Baffling Phenomenon

    South Kolan, Bundaberg areaMy sister-in-law lived in Maryborough, which was not so very far away, for some years and had never heard of the Mystery Craters until they happened upon the complex by chance and to this day there is still not much written about this baffling phenomenon.I guess what you feel when you see the craters is a fascination......

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  • Montville Gives Up Its Secrets

    Such a wonderful place has grown and emerged in full glory right on the edge of Baroon Lake near Montville, Queensland in the Blackall Range area.For some years the Treetops Secrets of the Lake Accommodation has been known to some but since the end of 2011 besides accommodation there is Lake Cafe, an art gallery and gift shop, and now the perfect...

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  • No where else in Australia

    No where else in Australia will you find hills like these.Now I read about the hills in an accommodation guide some years ago when travelling in the outback and I have no reason to believe the information was anything but correct.You will see from the photo the hills are flat topped....apparently the only other hills in the world of this...

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  • Eat in an Old Style Hay Shed

    Taromeo Camp Ovens, Benarkin, Queensland.For something different you could have an 'off the beaten track' day's outing from Brisbane, Kilcoy or Sunshine Coast.So what is this special experience all about? Well there have really interesting displays of Queensland memorabilia...tools...farm implements or else you can stroll in country gardens.There...

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  • Visit the Buddist Temple in Eudlo

    Eudlo, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.Nestled in the foothills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland you will find the Chenrezig Institute for Buddhist Studies.It is a little while since I have been there and at the time I had only just discovered its existence.We were made welcome and found the centre of great interest.The centre is Tibetan Mahayana...

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  • Behind the Pub In Yandina Qld. Australia

    Well is it "things to do" , "off the beaten track" or a" restaurant"? Who cares ? It is a little organic cafe called "Goodness Gracious". And it is much much more...we bought an old Sunbeam mixmaster after breakfast one time and the mixmaster is still going while a brand new one someone else has is broken. Mine has not had much use I must confess....

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  • The Rustic Cabin

    ALERT Rustic Cabin is Closed now it belongs to DAISY...Yes Daisy's is now open for business but so much has changed I will write a new review.Look here for Daisy's placeWell if you have read my tip about Wild Horse Mountain and would like somewhere really nice to dine and relax just a wee bit further on is The Rustic Cabin. Watch you do not miss...

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  • Wild Horse Mountain

    About 1/2 hour (20K) before the Caloundra turnoff on the Bruce Highway north of Brisbane if you look up and to the right you will notice a structure high on a hill. As you approach the Johnston Road exit there will be a sign directing you to turn right over the bridge, past the service station to the Wild Horse Mountain Lookout. We passed it by for...

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  • See the Performing Parrots

    Almost hidden away in Glasshouse Mountains village are Dail's Awesome Performing Parrots (Alexandrines). You need to go around to the back of the house to find them , was there even a sign ?and you must book... but what a show!These incredibly intelligent birds , "Parrots in Paradise" , have to be seen to be believed. So take yourself along and see...

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  • Boolboonda Tunnel

    This is a minor tourist attraction out towards Mount Perry, an historic old mining township.Boolboonda Tunnel is located 30.09kms West of Gin Gin, 60.22kms NorthWest of Biggenden, 60.82kms SouthEast of Monto and 83.71kms South of Miriam Vale, in the state of Queensland.You can walk or drive through this 192m tunnel, the longest unsupported tunnel...

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  • Minerva Hills

    So I opted for the Minerva Hills out the back of Springsure. Of course, the road in there was closed as well but I’d made up my mind to walk it because road building lady had actually done it. I worked out it was 14 kms return but, after my pathetic effort two days before at climbing the mountain when I was stuffed after 40 minutes I wondered if...

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  • Little Yabba Park

    From my notes:"I moved on until I finally reached a gem of a spot called Little Yabba Park. Here a beautiful mown lawn spread itself among the trees and there were even toilets. Across the road there was a day use park with benches beside the confluence of two rivers but I pulled in the other side next to what was obviously a home made rig. Indeed,...

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  • Chowey Bridge

    Feeling pleased to have seen such a thing I next headed back to see first the bluff views and then, at last, Chowey Bridge. A concrete railway bridge isn’t something I’d normally go out of my way to view but it was over 100 years old and was the first of its kind anywhere in Australia.Wanting to get a shot from the bottom I scrambled down the...

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  • Coalstoun National Park

    . I was starting to harbour doubts when I came to a nondescript sign, “Crater Lake”. A bell rang in my head as I glanced up the one lane farm track across a cattle grid. “Wasn’t that the crater lake that was a national park?”, I thought.The sign certainly wasn’t designed to attract tourists and the track even more repelling but, Ian being Ian, I...

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  • Mount Walsh NP

    A prominent landmark in the Biggenden region is the granite bluff area of Mount Walsh, in the northern part of mountainous Mount Walsh National Park. It rises to over 600 metres or around 2,100ft and is a standout from any angle in the area. Exposed granite outcrops, rugged ridges and steep forested slopes support a range of vegetation. The 300...

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  • An island of fungi in Carnarvon Gorge

    From the trail at around crossing 12 or so I looked over and saw a flash of orange. I knew it was bracket fungi of a fairly common type in Australia called pycnoporous coccineus....actually I didn't know that last bit, I had to look it up, but I have seen it regularly on my rainforest bushwalks.So, it looked like a good specimen so I hacked my way...

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