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7 Reasons to Visit Jacob's Well

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by Lynne Cargill (subscribe)
I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader and Pinterest addict who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.Step Into History.com.au is designed to help children experience history.
Published March 10th 2014
A day in the country
7 Reasons to Visit Jacob's Well

Jacobs Well, where I had an errand, is quite a long way from home but as I drove the full length of Jacobs Well Road today, it occurred to me that I was actually having a lovely day. Added to it being a fine sunny day, the drive is easy and pleasant with very little traffic. As I drove, I pondered the types of people who would enjoy this outing. Here are some:

Jacobs Well, Country drive, sugar cane, picnic
A typical old country church at Pimpama.


Fishermen
There seem to be lots of fishing spots and shops for bait and tackle. I know nothing about fishing but you could check it out.

Jacobs Well, Country drive, sugar cane, picnic
Take your fishing gear. Image from Wikipedia


Boating enthusiasts
There are two marinas, one of which has a dry dock and sells boats. If you have a boat you probably already know about it. It looked very popular.

Even if you have no interest in boats or boats they certainly look picturesque on the water. There's even a place that upholsters boats - well, probably the furniture rather than the actual boat.

Jacobs Well, Country drive, sugar cane, picnic
One of the marinas.


Families with small children
There is so much to see on this drive. It is fun and educational. So many children don't see livestock and farms in person.

Jacobs Well, Country drive, sugar cane, picnic
As soon as I pulled up the goat ran over to see what I had to eat. Sorry Goat. Nothing.


Make a Bingo Game or a list and have the children mark tally points on their page (card would be better)

Animals - don't be too specific. I saw 1 goat and 4 sheep in a back yard and a few cows, but LOTS of birds.

Boats, trucks, heavy machinery, a specific coloured car, sugar cane - growing and in bales, wetlands, mini forests, scrub (Discuss the types of growth - wild scrub and tamed farmlands)

Big big trees (Guess how old they might be) the river, a post box, a shop, a little house with a verandah.

If you take some cameras, stop and let the kids take photos and make a booklet of their photos later. If they are old enough they can write captions for the photos. It would make an impressive Show and Tell.

'The Let's Go for a Drive' crowd
It's a very pretty drive. Quiet roads wind through a variety of countryside from scrub to cane farms to wetlands. Take a picnic, buy fish and chips or book in at the Tavern ... or you could just turn around and come home.

Jacobs Well, Country drive, sugar cane, picnic
One of the eateries available.


Jacobs Well, Country drive, sugar cane, picnic
Have a meal at the Tavern.


Those who need a day in the country
Driving through the cane farms reminded me a bit of Mackay. Don't have a plan - just meander around up and down side roads taking your time. Stop when something takes your eye. By the time you go home you'll be full of country air and completely refreshed.

Jacobs Well, Country drive, sugar cane, picnic
Cane fields.


Jacobs Well, Country drive, sugar cane, picnic
Pleasant scenery.


Gardeners
While you are enjoying a lovely day out, you can buy bales of sugar cane mulch, horse poo to improve your garden and sometimes fruit and honey. Mulch seemed to be $5 per bale - mostly help yourself with an honour box, so take correct change. Horse manure was $2.50.

Jacobs Well, Country drive, sugar cane, picnic
Leave the boot empty and take an old sheet!


Photographers
There's water, boats, green things, hills in the distance, river and sky. What more do you need?

Jacobs Well, Country drive, sugar cane, picnic
Lots of nature waiting to be captured on film.


For dinner you might like to detour to the famous Yatala Pie Shop which is just off the Highway. Watch for signs. It's just south of Beenleigh.

Be sure to fill up with petrol before you go - because I didn't notice any service stations. You might want to take a picnic or at least water and snacks, although there are a few shops and bakeries and a tavern.
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Thanks for the article but there is no information, what about recommending somewhere for a bite to eat, shops, views, what's to do there?
by elain (score: 0|4) 3 days ago
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