On our way we plan to visit the Gympie Goldmining and Historical Museum (http://www.goldmuseum.spiderweb.com.au/). Gympie claims to have saved Queensland from bancrupy with their gold mining activities. Most mines are closed today and on the land of one of them the museum was established. The museum is at first a collection of old buildings from the old home of the second Australian prime minister, school, barns, blacksmith, train station, shaft to a converted water tank and more.
And then there is the actual collection - which one could also call a bit of a mess. There is just everything that is old. Of cause some mining stuff, typing machines, telephones, bottles, kitchen machines, hospital equipment, pianons, organs and so on.
And then the machineries; old engines, boats, chaises, waggons, lorries from the 20s and 30s, a hughe ore crusher, an old bus and so forth.
One can easily spend a whole day on the grounds of the museum. On our way through Gympie we then found the old train station.
The only train departing here is the historic Valley Rattler Steam Train through the Scenic Mary Valley.
At the time we arrived the train had just left the station and only an old diesel train was there.
Next to the station is the old historic railway hotel which can be reached from the station over a very old frail wooden bridge.
So back to the camper van now and another 120km to go. On our way we stop by an Aldi shop - quite surprised to find them almost everywhere here down under. And the shop layout is exactly the same as in Germany!
In Hervey Bay we stay on the Australiana campground - which has WiFi everywhere;-)
We will see what we will do tomorrow, potentially another day on the beach. Initially our plan was to go to Frazier Island. But it seems this is only senseful if we book a full day tour with boat, 4wd bus, BBQ buffet etc. This would cost us as a family between 600 and 900 AU$ - quite a lot and not sure the kids would like it. So we might save the money for a Great Barrier Reef tour...
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