There is a saying that the goal is not the destination, but the journey itself – the Sunday trip we did the other weekend was a fine example of this saying. We jumped in our car (whose name is Jesse for the record) and from Brisbane headed towards North East. During our way deep green rainforests, spacious lawns, glittering sunshine, blue lakes and hidden gem places accompanied us. And I also had my first driving experience on the other side of the road.
We hardly passed Brisbane when along side the road we noticed a yellow house with a big garden, where a vintage fair was going on. Offering mainly home and garden utensils and decorations, most of the objects were made of natural raw material reminiscent of old days. Of course we decided to stop and have a look. And of course I loved the kitchen items! My top favourite was a wicker basket, which I bought straightaway. The behind the scene story for this is that back home I always go shopping with the basket I forever borrowed from my Mum, but when we moved due to lack of space and shortage of weight I had to leave it behind. That is why I was super happy that after this trip I will have a wicker basket when visiting the market on Saturdays.
Our next stop was Mt Glorious, a tiny village right in the middle of the native rainforest, inhabited by tall trees, palms, ferns as well as colourful tropical birds. The main National Park area is called Maiala, which means ‘quiet place’ in an aboriginal dialect. Although you can find several walking trails in the forest, this time we voted for a relaxed picnic in the park, which was also pretty energizing.
While the steep and serpentine like roads of the forest were leading to modest hills and wide ranges we slowly reached the area of Wivenhoe Dam.
The dam and the artificial lake were built in the 1970s as a protection against the frequent floods in the area. I was a bit sorry that we did not get to see the main lock gate since they say it is pretty impressive. Just imagine the dam holds twice as much water as Sydney Harbour!
The last stop of our trip was Somerset Lakes or Somerset Dam. This area is also huge (it has 237 kilometres of shoreline) and it is very popular among those who love fishing, water sports and camping. We stopped at a spot called Spit, which is like a small peninsula with great picnic and BBQ facilities and even boat ramps. When we arrived a dozen of families were enjoying the comfort of their camping furniture, jet skiing and water skiing on the lake. With André we walked around the area, enjoying the sights of a beautiful sunset and took some photos of the birds. Before heading home I also made use of the poor traffic of the peninsula and got my first practice at driving on the other side. Well, you have to start it at a point, right?