Monday, 20 April 2015

Petrie Historical Village

In our family we all like Citroen's, and when the Citroen Club of Queensland was celebrating their 60th anniversary of Citroen at the historical village, we had to go. 

On Sunday's there is a craft market, and a lot of the village shops are open. We arrived just after 11am and there were many families walking around and eating in the different venues. We left just after 2pm, as shops and stalls were starting to pack up, and there were not many people left. 

  Petrie Historical Village, or Old Petrie Town is located on Dayboro Road at Kurwongbah. The village consists of many historical buildings from the area, that have been placed to make a little village. There is also a museum with interactive activities and video. This museum was the original farm workers cottage on the Petrie Homestead, built in the late 1880s. 
Visiting the Steam museum.

The Fire Museum
...and a ride in the fire truck!

We had lunch at The Emporium Milk Bar.

We had 3 milkshakes, a latte and a box of chips. My chocolate milkshake was not that chocolaty, so a 2/10. Coops strawberry one was very strong.  The chips were beautiful. 

After lunch we went to the vege stall and got some fresh beans.

We had a lovely afternoon out and will be doing it again soon - but not the chocolate milkshake!!

Country Markets every Saturday
Craft Markets every Sunday
Emporium Cafe 'Rock 'n Roll' every Friday night when classic and hot rod cars take pride of place.


Explore, Dream, Discover ~ Mark Twain

Monday, 6 April 2015

Esk Queensland part 2

Esk is between Somerset and Wivenhoe dams in the Brisbane Valley. 

The history of the town began as a camp for teamsters travelling from Ipswich, and developed with the construction of the Brisbane Valley Railway, opened Aug 1886. The railway line was closed in 1989 and Brisbane Valley Railway is now a horse/walking trail.

We went for a walk down the main street and like many country towns Esk has/had several pubs. Today there are also a lot of cafés and antique shops.

The Hotel Metropole was built in 1932 to replace the original Hotel Metropole built in 1900 that was burnt to the ground in 1930. The original building faced the opposite direction facing the railway line. When it was originally built it was known as the finest hotel in the state and the best accommodation. Today it houses a café and an antique and collectable shop.

Nash Gallery and Cafe
We had brunch in the Nash Café and we would recommend a visit. It is situated in a heritage house once belonging to Lars Andersen. There are historical posters around the house telling the history of the house and the area.
Lars Anderson was a Danish pioneer and a successful saw miller who milled timber from the area to Bunya Mountains. He was also the local builder and undertaker, however he is best known for the development of the tram way to transport his timber. The house is heritage listed.

The food was wonderful and the chocolate milkshake was a 10 out of 10.

I liked the way the Café allowed some meals to be served petite style at a reduced cost. Jon had sausage and toast, Peter had a travellers breakfast and I had petite eggs Benedict.  Really good value ($38 for all three dishes) and tasty.

What will be the next adventure?

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Esk, Queensland

The last few years we have been on a road trip around Easter, and usually spend a day or two in different places. This year, due to work commitments we decided to re-visit Esk in the Somerset Region. The last time we came here it was for the Esk Races in July, but that was many many years ago.
This trip, some things are the same and some are very different.

Locals like to describe the town as PicturEsk. 

Esk Caravan Park
We were welcomed on arrival by Paul who was helpful and funny. The park is walking distance to the main street with cafés,  grocery shop and hardware shop. As it was Easter the park was quiet busy, but it was still peaceful.  It is a dog friendly park, and in fact the whole town of Esk is dog friendly. The park has two camp kitchens and a heated pool.

 Our set up.


 One of the two camp kitchens.
 There are quirky items located in the camp kitchens.

 The second and larger camp kitchen not only has a fully functional kitchen, it also has bbqs and three pizza ovens. It also has a fireplace and heaps of lovely tables and chairs.

Not sure what this is - maybe where one puts naughty children or husband's! 

Happy Travels