Springtime in Queesland


Interesting, Curious and Culture Shock

Basics of survival in a big country

Before setting out on our first day, Marianne re-iterated her 'Survival Lecture'.
ALWAYS wear sun screen.
ALWAYS carry lots of water and KEEP drinking it.
Marianne conducts on-the-spot checks on our water bottle level, and failure to consume enough earns a gentle reprimand.


This car spent much of its life as a taxi in Lima, Peru.
Parked for advertising outside the surfboard shop in Noosa Heads, Tourists admire it, drool over it and photograph it.

Australian young men see only the classic surf board on top .... and drool over that!


Every beach resort has a Surf Life Saving Club.
The mission to keep beaches safe, and to support this aim financially has led to the establishment of quite palatial club houses, with well-stocked bars, gambling facilites, a restaurant and an upstairs balcony overlooking the beach.
Visitors such as ourselves are always welcomed after signing in. A really great 'club' atmosphere.


The Returned Servicemen's League supports ex-servicemen, and is heavily involved with a wide variety of charitable works within the community.
Each town has an affiliated RSL, and membership is open to all at a nominal yearly fee.
The movement is extremely well organised, with well-appointed premises, comprising restaurants, bars, extensive gambling, musical performance and dance floor facilities.
In Tweed Heads the Twin Towns (including Coolangetta) RSL has two very large buildings on opposite sides of a street.
An inter-connecting walkway high above the street links the extensive, lavish, sumptuous and palatial facilities, which overlook the town, a beach and a Queensland/New South Wales border monument.
We have visited Nerang RSL for evening meals on two occasions, and Tweed Heads RSL for a lunchtime snack and to enjoy the singing acts and watch the afternoon dancing.
A feature of the RSL movement is 'The Ode ' which occurs at 6pm every evening. All activity stops and the lights are dimmed while the bugle is played, and the ode 'From the rising of the sun to the going down....' is recited, ending with all present joining in with 'We will remember them.' 
Bath Milk

Near Rosin's lookout in Lamington National Partk, and with magnificent views towards Mount Warning, is a dairy farm called Providence Farm.
The excellent milk is sold straight from the cow.
To comply with regulations it is sold as 'bath milk - not for human consumption'.
We enjoy a milk bath with our cornflakes each morning.

The coffee thing

I drink my coffee black. Many waiters don't understand when you ask for coffee. I have to use the correct terminology - 'A long black please'.
Mary's order is 'A white English Breakfast please.'
Marianne's order is 'A short skinny flat white please'.
You are allowed to take refreshment whilst driving. At home friends have been fined for taking a swig of water whilst waiting at traffic lights.
Here the police are common-sense, but nobody takes liberties. In place of a 'Nanny State' there is lots of freedom, but 'crossing the line' is not advisable - retribution is immediate, swift and very hard'.

Severe culture shock - Giving the motorist a break.

A prime seafront location on the best beach you have ever seen..... and there was nowhere to pay for parking!
Unlike Britain, parking is free .... everywhere ... always...!
It's hard to describe the feeling as this aspect of rip-off Britain slowly sinks in.

An even greater shock - petrol is only 84 pence per litre. !!!!!!!!

The Queensland BUT

Where we might say, for instance 'We had a nice day, but it spent an awful lot of money' some Queenslanders might say 'We had a nice day. Ws pent an awful lot of money but.'
With so many place names ending with 'a', it would have been interesting to find a Queenslander born in Bristol doing the 'but' thing and also putting an extra 'l' on the end of place names.
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