Here’s how the road trip panned out, as told by National Seniors member Pauline.
Thirty-six members of our travelled to Brisbane on Tuesday and arrived at the Windsor International to a very warm welcome. After a wonderful dinner that night, at the Kedron/Wavell R.S.L. Club, Wednesday morning was spent at the Qld Museum/Art Gallery. What a magnificent building, although some “shoppers” went across to the Queen Street Mall and found some bargains.
Before the 1.30pm Sound of Music show we enjoyed a lovely “High Tea” in the Lyrebird Restaurant, a first for many of us. The show was wonderful and even a few people, including males, were seen to shed a tear when “Climb every Mountain” was sung by the Mother Superior.
The next morning at 7.30am we were on the road again for our tour of Maryborough which was a world of discovery for many of us. After lunch at Muddy Waters Café, we went to City Hall where the cannon is fired every day at 1.00pm, and on this occasion assisted by our fun-loving coach driver John.
We then had a very informative tour of the suburbs featuring lovely old and very large homes worth over a million dollars. Our tour guide Carmel told some very funny stories of saucy behaviour, as well as informed us of the heritage of the area.
Our final stop in Maryborough was at “The Forgotten Shop” where stock over 100 years old is still on display. We were welcomed by the owner who came onto the coach and explained the history of the shop, before we all oohed and aahed when we saw lots of reminders of our childhood on the shelves. Some members (including myself) were so surprised at the wealth of history, which we didn’t have enough time to explore. We agreed that another trip will be planned in the future but only, as some members said, if John is our coach driver.