Wednesday 12th May 2004
We are not sure if today if the 'Great' or the 'perfect' part of
that Queensland saying about the weather: 'Great one day, perfect
next'! Whichever it is, I won't argue with it, blue sky, warm sun with
a touch light cooling breeze. If the weather is not the same in your
part of the world - sorry, you will just have to 'eat your heart
This morning we took a drive through Bundaberg and
the seventeen kilometres out to the Port and Marina at the mouth
of the river that
Bundaberg is situated on. Then we drove south to a beach suburb called
Bargara Beach and along the ocean to Coral Cove. Bargara Beach was
a very impressive little place that has lush green lawn wherever
there is space on the ground and the ocean is a beautiful blue green
It would be easy to take up residence in one of the beach front houses
that back right onto the beach itself. Coral Cove has a very green
golf course and resort and all the way between these beach suburbs
and Bundaberg City the drive is through fields full of tall sugar
cane. This is the Queensland that one imagines it to be.
After this drive we topped up our pantry by shopping for some non-essential
food, like meat and vegetables at one of the suburban shopping centres
before returning to the caravan for a quick lunch.
Next came the important part of the day, we headed
off to the Bundaberg Rum distillery for a tour of the distillery.
We arrived just in time
and after some minor delays, such as putting the cameras back in
the patrol and then securing our watches and everything else we had
that may have electronic workings or cause a spark in any way (that
meant everything) we finally set off on the tour just after 2.pm.
The tour was not a high tech special show, but did show the whole
process that goes into making Bundaberg Rum. There are currently
three hundred timber kegs (Large vats) filled with rum, each one
holding about $5,000,000 worth of the liquid. Work that out and it
should come to 1.5 billion dollars worth of alcohol, and the surprising
part is that there only 57 people working there (and 17 of them
are to look after tourists). It sounds like a pretty good money spinner
After the tour we were privileged enough to sample
a couple of glasses of the product and naturally enough, 'one of
us' bought some
souvenirs whilst the 'other one' bought a couple of bottles of the
good drop. One being a liqueur that one of us enjoyed and the other
bottle being over proof rum (57% alcohol) Unfortunately due to
restrictions we were not able to take our cameras in so could not
get any photographs of the distillery.
We initially thought we might take a boat tour out
to the Great Barrier Reef from here, however it is about sixty kilometres
to sea and one of us has a tendency to get a little motion sick,
so have postponed the reef viewing until a little later in our trip
when it may be a little more accessible.
While driving around Bundaberg we noticed a 'Sizzlers'
food outlet so the decision has been made that we will visit that
dinner tonight, then tomorrow we will set off north again in the
direction of Rockhampton.