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Day 31 - Rural industry on its last legs

Day 31 - Rural industry on its last legs
 
   
   
   
   
 
 

This week in South East Queensland

THE REGION was for a very long time covered in forest within which the local Aboriginal people lived comfortably for around 18,000 years. When European settlers initially developed the colony of Queensland independent of New South Wales, much of the land was cleared into farmland with small towns popping up in the strategic port locations. Over the decades, a steady stream of migrants have contributed to expanding the small towns into larger towns and cities gobbling up the farmland. As these towns and cities have expanded, they have merged into each other, creating a metropolis stretching form the top of the Sunshine Coast to beyond the end of the Gold Coast. Only a few small pockets of farmland exist now, and these are quickly closing down and becoming absorbed by the encroaching cities, soon to be taken over by the expanding metropolis.

Today's hike takes me from Beenleigh past Mount Stapylton through extensive farmland to eventually reach the coast at Jacob's Well, before returning inland a little way to Pimpama River, which I follow downstream towards its mouth.

 
 

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11 - 17 February

 

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