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.
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!
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! 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂