Aargh...it's been almost a week since I've posted an entry. Missed me, people? har har har... Well, the entire family has been travelling. Despite our sophisticated handheld gadgets, no updating could be done as the Aussie government are still dilly dallying on the nationwide broadband project. Notwithstanding one objection after another by the Opposition. Politicians!
Anyway, we spent most of last week in Queensland. It was about one and a half hours' flight from Sydney to Gold Coast and then another three-hour drive to our first destination - Gympie. Mama and Dad were on their annual abattoir duty while the felines were on escort duty. Merrier this year as we have grumpy Pingu and cheeky Ginger in the party as well.
Interestingly, Brad didn't do much of his "Are we there yet?" routine. Threats to feed him to the cows did it this time. har har har...he doesn't know the difference between omnivore and carnivore yet. And I'm not going to teach him otherwise. Pingu and Ginger? Equally clueless. Boys!
Day 1: Gympie and Sunshine Coast
Now, let's talk about the places we visited. First off - Gympie.
Gympie is a former gold mining town in country Queensland, about 260km northwest of Gold Coast. Now, the place relies heavily on agricultural produce, notably beef. It's where an abattoir called Nolan Meats is located.
We reached Gympie at around 1pm, slightly more than three hours after we started the journey from Coolangatta. Didn't take too many photographs of the town as Mama and Dad were trying to determine the exact location of the abattoir. It's a small town but unfamiliar territory definitely. Although equipped with a map, we managed to go round and round and lost our way a few times.
|A very welcoming sign - that the people of Gympie care for their animals.|
|We had this nicely presented seafood lunch....yummm....|
|The suburb leading to the abattoir....looks very peaceful and serene. |
|Cattle before the slaughter...what would they be thinking, eh? Sorry folks, I'm a carnivore.|
|OK, I skipped showing the slaughter pix here but this is quite gory too - the worker is taking out the internal organs of the slaughtered cow.|
|Mama inspecting the boxes of meat that were going into storage before shipping.|
|This is how meat going to local butcher shops is packed.|
We left Gympie around 4pm and went to Sunshine Coast to look for the hotel that Mama booked us all in. It didn't look far in the map. About halfway, we left Bruce Highway (M1) and took the coastal road that links all the places in Sunshine Coast.
The north-most town is Noosa (famous for its beaches and the Ironman series), and then on to Noosaville, Peregian, Coolum, Yaroomba, Marcoola, Mudjimba, Bli Bli and by mistake, Maroochydore, before making a U-turn to Twin Waters where the hotel is located.
|Downtown Coolum where we stopped to stretch our legs and bought some food stuff.|
|Hmmm...interesting art installations in downtown Coolum.|
|The only highrise in Coolum.|
|We stayed here, a luxury resort at Twin Waters, near Maroochy river. Our room faces the lagoon. Everyone snored coz everyone was dead tired.|
Day 2: Sunshine Coast & Brisbane
|No, Mama didn't take me cycling though those cute girls invited us. The hotel has a host of activities skewed towards families and small groups. Unfortunately we stayed for just one night.|
We had a lazy morning at the hotel. Everyone was reluctant to leave such a peaceful place. Wish we had stayed longer but Mama had other plans, as usual. We passed by small towns like Mooloolaba and Buderim before hitting Bruce Highway again. Then we took the Landsborough exit as Mama wanted to take us to an adventure of a lifetime, she said. Hmm....I was thinking perhaps Australia Zoo?
Wowww..I love the photos and almost at every paragraphs I want to add my comments, but by the end of it I just want to say, I like this post..hehehe..
merrier, grumpy,cheeky, clueless team?
The bridge at Gateway Highway seems strange in the picture. It looks as though an earthquake is currently in motion and the bridge is swaying. Aussies' architects design good homes but not bridges, huh? :-)
Yeah...everyone who was grumpy and cheeky came home safely to tell the story....purrr....meow!
As I said, somehow the bridge reminds me of the aliens in the film War of the Worlds. The design is weird indeed. purrr....meow!
Angelina... you are so witty!!! The boys being clueless and feeding Brad to the crocodile!!!
Like your adventure...
Seronoknya jalan2. I love all your photos too. There are so much I wanna say too but in the end (ayat Cheqna), I just wanna say.....
No photo of cats??? Lembu je ada??
The monyets like your post and the photos. We went to the Australian Zoo 2 years ago.... very nice but could do with more monyets
wahh bestnya bercoti-coti luar malaysia, bila lah MM nak sampai sana ekk =)
Love your entry on abattoir thingy.. as always beautiful pictures to start Ayoh Wang's day..
Mok:yeooow.....My kakak is there in QUT.Say hi for me will ye if you meet her.
She's coming back for good this 2nd Dec.So no more Aussie visit for kak o.
..read this post whilst drooling..hey ole tom cats drool, too..how I wished..
Mother of Ilham,
I hope my dear darling Ilham doesn't fall into the clueless category too....these boys around me...sigh.... purrr....meow!
The cats were operating the cameras....and we were all drooling when looking at so much meat...yummy beef.... purrr....meow!
Your Royal Monyetness,
I don't know why Aussie zoos don't have monyets but maybe it's for the better as they're not confined to a small space. I'd rather have my monyet brethrens roam free in the jungle. purrr....meow!
Ours is Cuti-cuti Australia as we live here...har har har...But it wasn't a holiday per se as Mama and Dad were on abattoir duty. purrr....meow!
Hey...why don't you come here and we'll take you visit the abattoirs? purrr....meow!
If we had known where your kakak lives, we may seek her out and treat her to rice and rendang. purrr.....meow!
You were drooling for mangoes or beef? I think you'd like to visit that masjid. purrr....meow!
What a lovely trip you had! I love the public art installations, the RSPCA Bargain Barn, the fruit market, the macadamia selection and the friendly neighbourhood with the anklebiters on bikes. I just didn't like the pictures of the poor slaughter cows :(
Happy Aidiladha, Kitties!
Am so jealous to see the nice sights you people and felines get to see... sob .. sob.. sob... I wanna go there too!!
Woww ! Indonesian Tucker ? :D interesting... there's even RCTI station playing on the background too haha.. I hope the food is authentic :D Looks like a fun trip, Angelina !
On behalf of all carnivores, thousand apologies! We have to slaughter the cows for the beef.....sob sob sob... but if you were with us, we would just let you wait for us at the RSPCA Bargain Barn, OK? purrr....meow!
Eat your heart out! har har har.... purrr....meow!
The restaurateur tried his authentic best, I guess. But we had daun singkong and dendeng too, as well as gule nangka. Not bad, eh? Oh yeah...the RCTV was via some humongous satellite dish in the backyard. purrr....meow!
lol ! They can't live without their daily intakes of Sinetron (indonesian tv soap dramas) >.<. I hope all their workers are legals
I love the photos... I guess that you enjoyed the visit very much. I had been to Gold Coast once with a group tour. So, we don't have the chance to visit many places...
Now, I understand that your Mama and Dad were there for the Qurban for Life that you mentioned in your earlier post... Thanks for the info about that Angie.
For once I am all at sea! I keep asking myself how those places were so named. I like that one called Coolangatta - cool and gatta!?
Then, pardon for my ignorance, I wonder what the 'annual abattoir duty' is.
Nontheles, the journey sounds exciting, tiring no doubt.
Actually there's quite a large population of Indonesian expats in Brisbane. This particular restaurant is a family business so I'm sure there's no one illegal there. purrr....meow!
Mama and Dad are adventurous people, so no group tours for them ever. Sometimes the decision to travel is made at just the drop of a hat. purrr....meow!
Mama and Dad have been running the Qurban for Life programme for years. So, every year they send a team to observe the slaughtering process at the abattoirs. Hard work, yes, but has to be done. purrr....meow!
Just reading through this post and I feel so tired already...
Why tired? You were not in that adventure...or were you? purrrr.....meow!
The holiday in Gold Coast had been the first (and may be the last) time we followed a group tour. FYI, my hubby and I had been to Sydney 3 times. Just like your Mama and Dad, both of our like to visit places on our own leisure...
Yeah...free and easy is the way to go. Anywhere. purrr....meow!
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