A Bit Ginger.
I tried pretty hard to convince The Pillion to come out on a ride last weekend. Alas she wasn’t feeling so flash and no amount of begging was going to get her to come with me.
She did give her blessing to head out though, and even suggested that it might be a good idea to take Jaja out for the day.
The last time Jaja was with Bluey and me was in December last year, just before Christmas.
On that ride we headed up to Montville via Mt Mee and Peachester. (See this post). We really enjoyed that day together and I know he has been looking forward to heading out with me again for a long time.
On our run up the coast, we stopped off at a place called the Ginger Factory at Buderim. This place has been operating on the Sunshine Coast for 40 years and is the world’s largest operating ginger factory.
I came here once to do a site measure about 20 years ago, but I didn’t get the opportunity to wander around, so missed out on a lot.
All work and no play… *sigh* no fun at all.
This time though I got to have a bit of a look around and it’s definitely changed a bit since my first visit.
The complex covers 9 hectares (about 22 acres) and isn’t just “a factory” anymore. Its been built into a pretty good themed tourist attraction with factory tours, some really nice gardens to walk though, a 115 year old sugar cane train and other displays; both educational and fun.
Perfect for kids to learn something new… and an opportunity for us big kids to indulge in some tasty ginger treats.
The run up to Buderim was via The Bruce Highway; basically an 85km (52 miles) stretch of uninteresting, straight black top purpose-built for getting from “A” to “B” as quickly as possible.
Fortunately this wasn’t the end of the journey for us and after a short break, we continued to our final destination: Rainbow Beach, some 140km (86 miles) further north.
The rest or our journey would see us follow some winding back roads that pass through towns with names like Pomona, Kin Kin and Cedar Pocket. There’s even a town called Kia Ora.
There must be a lot of new Zealanders living there or something for it to have a name like that.
In all, we covered 475km (295 miles) on the day, and apart for some watered down road works, which incidentally made a mess of Bluey and my boots; it was a really nice day out.
You want to see some pics of Rainbow Beach?
‘Fraid you’ll have to wait ’till next week for that one 😉
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