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‘Moore’ Meanderings at Linville

Being a winter girl, a summer drive through Australia’s back roads isn’t always pleasant for me, living as I do in a humid sub-tropical part of the globe, but I have to admit I discovered the Linville – Moore region of the Esk county, in Southern Queensland did have a particular provincial charm.

Linville, itself, boasts a Pub and a general store, in addition to a camping ground and a vague attempt at a historic railway exhibit, but this too simply adds to the relaxing country appeal of a laid back rural lifestyle.

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Historic Linville Hotel

Situated a 90 minute drive, north west from Brisbane, the Esk shire had a rich history of timber getting and cattle grazing. Veteran soldiers returning from World War I established small dairy farms in the surrounding areas, many of which have folded, following the deregulation of the dairy industry in the late 20th century.

In 1910, the Brisbane Valley railway line was extended to Linville, from Toogoolawah. It must have been a big event when the railway branch line opened and dignitaries boarded the train that took them from here to the Pinkenba docks in Brisbane, 140 kilometres away.

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The golden times have long gone for this small country town. The rail line was closed in the 1950’s and the station has suffered the ravages of time and neglect.

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The station master’s office contains several historic photos and memorabilia, but unfortunately it was locked when we visited and we could only peer inside through the window.
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The railway carriages are unlocked and free to enter, but as charming as they are, they too, are in complete disrepair. They might just be awaiting a philanthropic entrepreneur to renovate them into a fashionable Air B &B?

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Looking inside you can get a taste of rail travel of yesteryear. Beautiful leather seats and ornate plaster ceilings must have made for a luxurious alternative to a Horse and Jinker.

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The old rails has now been removed but the track itself remains now as a cleared, cycle or walking path. Cyclists can access a level 23 km run north to the town of Blackbutt but those on foot can take the path in the opposite direction of 7 kilometres to nearby ‘Moore’ township.

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The major waterway in the area, the Brisbane river, follows parts of the track, as it begins its winding course, meandering its way to Brisbane proper, finally spilling out into the sea, at Moreton Bay.

Due to recent good summer rainfalls, the vehicular causeway over the river was only just passable.

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Before leaving Linville, you might enjoy 100 years of history over a meal of very decent pub grub, moderately priced at around $15 for a Burger with chips.

Word has it that you can even stay the night at the historical pub, if you wish.

 

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Accommodation at the Linville Hotel will set you back $40, a night, if you chose to linger longer. Nighttime entertainment includes a game of pool, playing the piano or checking out the unique jukebox.

Or perhaps take in some more refreshments in the bar with the locals. Yes that label is fair dinkum!! Don’t let the chainsaw or the Port’s label, put you off!

 

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MOORE

Strolling down the ex-railway track for  seven kilometres, you will arrive at the town of Moore. In the main street you will find a lovely gallery cafe.

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The Old Church Gallery on Linville Road has a friendly buzz is evident with the owner operator enthusiastically welcoming visitors to her garden verandah cafe.

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The  menu for Lunch is centred on organic healthy cuisine, such as Cauliflower salad and Zucchini soup. There is plunger coffee, served individually to your table, according to taste, as well as infusions of loose leaf tea, and mouth-watering home made cakes, served with custard and figs, at prices that won’t blow your budget.

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Plus you will find many interesting curios and artifacts from bygone times.

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Home to Mackenzie fabrics, the adjoining Gallery contains a diverse range of arts, crafts, gifts and jewellery at moderate prices.

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The Old Church Gallery is located at 35 Linville Road, Moore and is open from 11 am – 4pm, Thursday to Sunday, and will happily caters for Groups. Word has it a craft group has started up in Linville and they will also meet up at the cafe.

Access for disabled and Dogs are welcome in the courtyard. Always a bonus for dog lovers.

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Moore and Linville’s Heritage Railway Walking trail make a delightful day trip to Ponder About and most suitable for Jo’s Monday Walks

Thanks goes to Ben and Nina for introducing us to the Linville area.

Australia, Community, Environment

Cedar Creek Sunday Picnic

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Even though the weather was a bit dismal today, it suited me fine to go for a picnic at Cedar Creek, around 40 minutes drive from home.  I did take my raincoat just in case. Doubting Thomas husband and Miss 13, weren’t convinced, particularly when a heavy shower hit us half way to our destination. Scoffing at their admonishments, I reminded them that all we needed was a good half hour interval of no rain to sit and eat our picnic lunch, and if it continued to rain, we would just find a nice cafe under cover somewhere???? Sounds convincing, doesn’t it?

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Well as luck would have it, the weather Gods smiled at my optimism and patches of blue sky emerged from the misty clouds of the D’agular Range. Only one other family braved the weather, so we had Cedar Creek to ourselves, once they departed.

Usually there are throngs of people there, enjoying the environment and outdoors.

So here is my Cedar Creek Picnic Story, in pictures:

Lovely reflections in this pool.Cedar Creek, Australia

Go Rock Hopping, swimming, paddling, in cool clean rock pools which were great to try out the varying shutter speed settings on the new camera: Top Photo 1/2500  Bottom photo: 1/13

Cedar creek

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and my favourite pic

Tiffany Schnazuer enjoying Cedar Creek
Tiffany Schnauzer enjoying Cedar Creek

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and some nature shots….

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Upstream there is an Art Gallery selling Devonshire Tea, but our tummies were full from our picnic of rolls and fruit, so we left that for next visit. On the way back, we spotted what might just be the entrance to Vlad’s haunt in Australia!! The less than inviting gargoyles reminded me of the baby vampire bats in ‘Van Helsing’ and obviously the owner, had a few pennies to spend on the Gate tower! IMAG0340Our path home led us through Dayboro, which is about 16 kilometres from the Cedar Creek Turnoff. Dayboro is renowned for its butcher, selling 50 varieties of sausage, the pub, and the bakery. I was more interested in the bat colony, (this time it was flying foxes, not bats) that resided in the tree tops above the “Pump shop” – such raucous screeching noises!!!

Nice country SE Queensland scenery capped off the day.

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To find Cedar Creek, Take the road west from Brisbane towards Samford Village, and then head north to Samsonvale and Dayboro. Take the Cedar creek road which is about 6 kilometres along from Samford. Then follow this until you see the Cedar Creek sign on the left. ( around 4 kms). Take the road north again back to Dayboro, which is clearly signposted, and from Dayboro it is but a short drive past Lake Kurwongbah, and Old Petrie Town (great hand made markets there), and back to Brisbane again.

Just me, pondering about the weather, or something!

Something to Ponder About