Brisbane to Isla Gorge (October 2020)

Tuesday 20 October: Brisbane to Amamoor NP 165 km

We enjoyed our first road trip to outback Queensland in July 2020 (here) so much we decided to go again, further west this time and set off for 3 weeks in another Apollo Euro Tourer. The map is here.


Woombye established in 1868 as a staging depot for Cobb & Co stagecoaches


Nambour Street Art

Cedar Creek

The 3rd of 7 crossings of the Amamoor Creek on the road to the National Park
The water level in Cedar Creek (Amamoor NP) was too low for swimming
There’s 2 walks from the campsite – 1 km through rainforest and 5 km in more open bush
We enjoyed camping here – sausages and vegetables coked on an open fire for dinner

Wednesday 21 October: Amamoor NP to Hervey Bay 155 km


The Queensland National Bank opened in Gympie in 1872
In the first 21 days of trading this branch purchased over 6000 ozs of gold
The neo-classical Royal Bank of Queensland operated as a bank in Gympie from 1892 to 1979
Gympie Court House built 1900-1902


The former Queensland National Bank in Maryborough was originally constructed in 1863, rebuilt in 1914
Maryborough Post Office, built 1865, is the oldest surviving Post Office in Queensland
No idea what this 1870 building in Maryborough was used for
But loved the way the light poles were built through the awnings
1889 Post Office Hotel, Maryborough
Our favorite paintings of the 36 on the Maryborough Mural Trail
Pamela Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, was born in Maryborough

Thursday 22 October: Hervey Bay to Mundubbera 225 km


Takura State School, opened 1907 closed 1964
On the outskirts of Childers – Mamino Ice Cream made in a small shed next to their house
Homemade traditional with local macadamias – best ice cream we’ve had anywhere
The Federal is a 113 year-old timber hotel in Childers
Unfortunately the Old Butcher Shop was closed so we had to buy our meat from the new butcher shop
Childers is a lovely town but with a sad story
In June 2000, 15 backpackers who were staying at The Palace died in a deliberately lit fire


Biggenden – This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore


The Grand Hotel in Gayndah celebrated its 100th birthday in 2012
Ideraway Homestead (c1870) has been relocated to Gayndah and is in the process of being restored


The word “Mundubbera” is an Aboriginal word meaning “Footsteps in the Trees”
This 200 yo Eucalyptus populnea is a listed horticultural value tree
“Mundubbera” can also mean “Meeting Place of the Waters”
We saw lots of Pacific Islanders in Mundubbera – here is the Community Hungi Pit
Mundubbera Railway Station (c1904) is still there but the rails are silent
Many outback churches have a wooden bell tower

Friday 23 October: Mundubbera to Isla Gorge NP 215 km


I wanted to use the dunny in the main street of Eidsvold but it was occupied
It must have been a huge bakery
Eidsvold Butcher has the old fashioned roof vents running the length of the building
An old house in Eidsvold
The original slab hut of Eidsvold Homestead (c1850) a few km out of town
A particularly good example of the earliest type of station housing


Cracow (pop 7?) is a tiny ghost town – the bottom building was the Bank of NSW
Yet less than a km away is a huge gold mine with 220+ employees housed in a demountable “village”
Hotel Crackow – sign on the door says “Gone fishin, open at 4.30”


The Dawson River Palm is a unique species found only in the creeks and rivers around Theodore
A group of Bottle Trees left behind after the land was cleared
Theodore Catholic Church: an excellent example of early Queensland wooden architecture
Theodore Hotel is the only pub in Queensland owned by an entire community
The locals took it over in the 1940’s when plans to build Nathan Dam for irrigation failed

Isla Gorge National Park

Grass Trees on the way into Isla Gorge camping area
Isla Gorge is famous for spectacular sunsets and sunrises but it was so cloudy that we missed out
Cooking dinner on an open fire at the Isla Gorge campsite