Lady Musgrave Island

November 6th, Thursday, we drove north to the Town of 1770, built on the site of the second landing by Captain Cook and the crew of the HM Bart Endeavor in May 1770. On our way we stopped at Bundaberg for lunch and to enjoy their famous root beer. We stayed in a small cabin in the woods for two nights just outside of 1770 at the Captain Cook Holiday Village. Continue reading

Fraser Island

November 3, Monday, we headed north to Hervey Bay, about a 4 hour drive from Dicky Beach. It is a natural bay between the mainland and Fraser Island, and the local economy is based on tourism, primarily whale watching and access to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, that stretches over 76 miles in length and 13 miles at its widest point. Fraser Island beaches and sandy inland roads are suitable only for high clearance 4WD vehicles with low range capacity, so we could not take our car. We booked a two day tour leaving at 8am the next morning ready for another adventure in a 4WD tour bus carrying about 30 tourists from all over the world, a lot of Germans. Continue reading

Dicky Beach and the Sunshine Coast, Australia

October 26, Sunday, we left Brisbane on our way to Brad’s beach house at Dicky Beach on the Sunshine Coast. We took the scenic route along the Steve Irwin Way to the town of Maleny and saw a wonderful view of the Glass House Mountains from the Mountain View Road overlook. Then we drove to the Glass House Mountains Lookout, where we had a closer view of the eleven hills arising abruptly from the coastal plains, formed from cores of volcanoes 27 million years ago. These mountains were named by Captain Cook in 1770 because the peaks reminded him of the glass furnaces in his home county of Yorkshire. We continued on the loop road to Kenilworth where we had lunch at Nana McGinns, and on to Montville where we stopped to walk through the plethora of tourist shops. We arrived at Dicky Beach and met up with Brad at his house, we took a walk along the beautiful beach and saw the famous ship wreck. The area was named after the iron steamboat, the SS Dicky, which ran aground during heavy seas in 1893. Then we had dinner with Brad at the Dicky Surf Club. Continue reading

Brisbane, Australia

October 20, Monday, we woke up at 4am to get the 6am plane to Brisbane where we are going to get-together with the Metallurgy Class of ’69. We rented a car, Bob driving on the wrong side of the road…SCARY! and finally found our way to the Aynsley B&B, where Alex and Karen Currie were waiting for us after 45 years. Wow, it was so great to see them again.  Gena, our host, was a fabulous cook, making the extra effort cooking a mushroom risotto for my breakfast. We stayed here two nights and loved it. The first day we explored the South Bank along the river in Brisbane and visited the GOMA and the Queensland Art Gallery. On Tuesday we took the Citycat ferry down the river to New Farm Park, then on our way back we walked around the streets of downtown. Continue reading

Sydney, Australia

October 13th, Monday, we left San Diego on our way to Australia for Bob’s 45th Reunion of the University of British Columbia Metallurgy Department. We decided to begin our adventure by taking the Amtrak from Solana Beach to LA; it is a beautiful scenic ride along the coast most of the way and much more relaxing than driving.  We then boarded a supersized jumbo jet (cattle car) for the 14 hour flight to Sidney. Continue reading