My name is Lucinda. I am a 6″2 lawyer/strata manager by day who spends most of her spare time playing and coaching basketball. Although I love to travel I believe I live in the greatest part of the world, so I started this blog is to show everyone why they too should love central and south-east Queensland.
Where is this, I hear you ask? Well, because Queensland is such a huge place it leaves the definition of areas open to interpretation (for example, Mackay is sometimes considered central Queensland, although I consider it in north Queensland). For the purposes of this site, I intend to focus on the general area of Rockhampton in north to the Sunshine Coast in the south, and the areas inland including Emerald, North and South Burnett. However, like any woman, I reserve the right to change my mind if and when I feel like it!
I was born in Bundaberg and have lived here all of my life except for my 4 years at university. My parents were also born here, and on my Mum’s side we can trace our family to early in the settlement of central Queensland, so this area is definitely in my blood.
After travelling to the US with my parents in early 2013, I disagreed with them (and many others) that the US has more variety to offer tourists than Australia. This got me thinking. I have travelled a fair bit in Australia (I would say above average), but like many Aussies, I am guilty of not seeing and experiencing many things in my own backyard.
So, I decided my mission for the next 12 months would be to do, see and experience as much as possible in my own town and surrounding areas. However, when I started my research I found it difficult to find comprehensive lists of events, or details on many of the things to see and do.
You see, when everyone thinks of travelling in Queensland, they all know about the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, and then skip (usually by air) 1500 or so kilometres straight to Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef. My beautiful, wonderful corner of the world is largely ignored by Aussies and overseas tourists alike.
I want to change that. I hope people will see that there is so much to see in this region that it should be the top of all lists. We have some of the world’s best beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, great walking, caves, beautiful rainforests, amazing food, an awesome climate and, of course, wonderful people! If you live locally, get out there and experience all there is to offer. If you don’t, please come and visit us soon!