Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

History Tour on Ladies Day

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

History Tour on Ladies Day

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FEBRUARY, the month for Valentine's Day. What better way to celebrate than to have a ladies drive for members of the Bundaberg Four Wheel Drive Club?

Rules were simple - whoever drove had to wear a skirt. Luckily our group of travellers all had female drivers for the day, with the men being able to sit back and soak in the surrounds of the trip.

Participants were given a rally pack including heart chocolates, a general info quiz and a CD quiz, which were to be completed throughout the day.

We travelled out past Cordalba State Forest with Paradise Dam as the destination for the first stop.

Paradise Dam is located 35km north-west of Biggenden. New, modern facilities are available for your convenience including free gas barbecues, gazebos with picnic tables beneath, an information centre, boat ramp, environmentally-friendly toilets and the dam lookout with information stands.

For those who prefer to walk, the Finney Creek walking track venturing 5km and a Heritage Trail taking you to various parts of the old historical mining sites are close by.

The dam is named after the old gold mining township of Paradise, which now lies under water. After answering some of the quiz questions the group headed to the Chowey Bridge.

Chowey Bridge was constructed for the railways and opened in 1905. The concrete bridge is located around 18km west of Biggenden and is supported by a main 26.8 metre concrete arch and a number of smaller arches.

The bridge is one of two such surviving bridges in Australia.

The sand aggregate was obtained from the creek bed and raised by tramway. The impressive span leaps over a small rocky cascade on Deep Creek, where its design is reflected in the water below and makes for the perfect picnic spot.

After a look over the historic bridge the group headed out through Didcot. …

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