HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Weeks 29 & 30

We stopped at Hervey Bay, on the Fraser Coast of Queensland and walked down the Urangan Pier which opened in 1917 to export coal, timber and sugar. It was in operation until 1985. The state government ordered the demolition of the 1,100 metres pier and after public uproar the last 880 metres were saved and refurbished by local government. So due to public outcry, we’re able to enjoy the pier today.

Hervey Bay, QLD 29 Sept 2015, (15 of 45) September 201529

Where the pier kinks

Hervey Bay, QLD 29 Sept 2015, (28 of 45) September 201529

Frequented by fisherman 🙂

Hervey Bay, QLD 29 Sept 2015, (26 of 45) September 201529

Keeping an eye on the catch

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Lunch time 🙂

Hervey Bay, QLD 29 Sept 2015, (20 of 45) September 201529

Us saying ‘Hello’ as we strolled the pier

Hervey Bay, QLD 29 Sept 2015, (39 of 45) September 201529

Mr Oz strolling back

Hervey Bay, QLD 29 Sept 2015, (3 of 45) September 201529

Pillions under the pier

Hervey Bay, QLD 29 Sept 2015, (7 of 45) September 201529

Family fun day at the beach

As we continued our journey and passed through Maryborough, something caught my eye. It was Mary Poppins!

Maryborough is the birthplace of author Pamela L Travers (born: Helen Lyndon Goff) – famous for the Mary Poppins novels. She was born in the residence above the former Australian Joint Stock Bank in 1899 where her father was the Bank Manager and the town hasn’t forgotten her.

Helen moved to England in 1924 seeking literary fame taking the name Pamela L Travers. It was under that name that in 1934 the first Mary Poppins novel about the magical and exceedingly efficient nanny was published. It was also the basis for the Oscar winning Disney film starring Julie Andrews. The author died in 1996 at the age of 96!

Maryborough, QLD 30 Sept 2015, (11 of 16) September 201530

Birthplace of PL Travers

Maryborough, QLD 30 Sept 2015, (6 of 16) September 201530

Getting acquainted with Mary 🙂

Maryborough, QLD 30 Sept 2015, (12 of 16) September 201530

Café around the corner getting their ‘medicine’

Sorry I missed last week’s post but when we reached Brisbane, it meant familiar faces of family and friends!!!

After my melt down in Week 25, this was just what the doctor ordered and I feel much better now, happy to continue our travels 🙂

A trip to Brisbane Botanic Garden was a welcome treat. It wasn’t until I was editing this photo that I realised there were a few star bursts from the sun’s reflections. A bonus! 🙂

Brisbane Botanic Garden, QLD 3 Oct 2015, (28 of 36) October 201503

Water Lily

Brisbane Botanic Garden, QLD 3 Oct 2015, (6 of 36) October 201503

Cactus – to be admired. NOT touched!

Brisbane Botanic Garden, QLD 3 Oct 2015, (5 of 36) October 201503

I found these cacti interesting with its tiny flowers

Brisbane Botanic Garden, QLD 3 Oct 2015, (4 of 36) October 201503

I love the geometry of these succulents

Brisbane Botanic Garden, QLD 3 Oct 2015, (15 of 36) October 201503

Japanese Gardens are always beautiful…

Brisbane Botanic Garden, QLD 3 Oct 2015, (23 of 36) October 201503

Majestic Water Dragon (real – not a statue)

Brisbane Botanic Garden, QLD 3 Oct 2015, (36 of 36) October 201503

This little duck was unsure about me and kept his eye on me 🙂

Brisbane Botanic Garden, QLD 3 Oct 2015, (19 of 36) October 201503

Unusual – I’ve never seen one of these before. Anyone knows what it’s called?

As a fair bit of time was spent with family and friends there’s not a great deal for me to share with you other than what I shared with them.  So, here we are a coffee and a chat 🙂

Coffee

Enjoy!

Our journey continues …

I’ll keep writing to a minimum and give you links to places so it’s easy reference for you to look up if you’re interested in a particular location.

As we’re travelling around Australia for X amount of months, I’ll keep the Hump Day Post (HDP) (on Wednesdays) for our journey and will continue to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenge (on Saturdays/Sundays) – where possible. I’ll repeat this every week, just in case you’ve just joined me 🙂

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My passion has been for many, many years landscape photography so when the chance came up to retire early, in order to travel, I took it! It made sense then to marry the two (travel and photography) and create this blog. I hope you enjoy it :)
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19 Responses to HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Weeks 29 & 30

  1. kazg10 says:

    Great shots Sonia, I would have loved to get my hands on that pier. You did it justice 🙂

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  2. Gorgeous. I believe your beautiful plant is a Walking Iris (Neomarica gracilis). I have one and a fellow blogger told me the name. 🙂 I came to your blog part way into your travels so I’m wondering how long you will be touring and where you head when you go ‘home.’

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  3. Amy says:

    Thank you for this beautiful and enjoyable series! Gorgeous images here. 🙂

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  4. Lovely images and it does feel there is always sunny in Australia 🙂

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  5. Sammy D. says:

    Great shots! Love the shadows and the image of you with statue (those are always fun).

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  6. GF-Chopstix says:

    Beautiful shot of the water dragon – it does look like a statue! The flower looks like a ‘one day Iris’, but I’m not sure. They usually come in two colours – either yellow, or white, like your photo.

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  7. RuthsArc says:

    Thanks for another fascinating post. And lovely photos. That pier looks great. It’s such fun when a blog links seeming totally unrelated things in one post – piers and Mary Poppins. 🙂

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