Driving north from Brisbane to Gladstone to visit my youngest brother and his family, just north of Gympie I saw a sign for a Scenic Tourist Route that would take me to Biggenden. Up flashed a memory of my Uncle John being stationed as a policeman in Biggenden in the 60s. I remembered visiting him there and that was enough for me to decide to leave State Highway One and take the scenic route. The road less travelled always appeals to me.
I owned that road, traffic was scarce, the road good. In places the road passed through private property with no fences beside the road, the odd cattle grid between properties. I saw hardly any stock and they weren't near the road.
It was easy to pull off the road and take photos. I had to have stern words with myself about stopping to take photos of those ghost gums. I know tourists to Australia complain about the constant gum trees but not this soul. Never. I love them.
I saw the smoke from a big fire miles before I reached it. Several fire appliances had it under control and had held it at the road and I passed another hurrying to the scene near Woolooga. Thanks to Wikipedia I can tell you I was 221 km (137 m) from Brisbane and that Woolooga and the surrounding area has a population around 320. I didn't go into the tiny township, I know what I'm like, I get sidetracked and my brother was expecting me that day. It's hard to imagine this area under flood, it was so dry and I didn't notice any large rivers but in the 2010-2011 Queensland floods a 2 metre (6.6 ft) wall of water rushed through the town.
Near Biggenden I stopped to admire this rocky mountain range which I'm pretty sure is the 703 metre high, 215 million years old Mount Walsh.
I would have liked to get closer but once again had to remind myself about the time.
I stopped in Biggenden and looked for the police station. The lady who prepared me a sandwich for a very late lunch told me the original station was now over the road at the museum and pointed me in that direction. I decided my memory had failed me, at the museum I was on a side street and where I had visited had most definitely been on the main road through town. Disappointed, I took no photos. I could have kicked myself when a few days later one of my brothers told me the road path through Biggenden had been changed years ago and what was the main road was now a side street.