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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.