FREDDO'S GLASS and A HALF Traditional Geocache
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The road to this cache is gravel, care will be required in wet weather. Getting to the cache will be fairly easy once you arrive in the GZ.
This cache is an ammo box, full of swaps, something for everyone. FTF will be rewarded with a FTF pin. So many things to do when you get to this cache...... there is a monument to FREDDO 200m up the road, this is on private property so don't go past it. FREDDO was the original owner of the farm and I am lead to believe chose to build a dairy farm in the area so he drove 10km into the scrub and then just because went 10 more and built his farm..... The farm/Dairy is still operating (2012) and is run by his family. In October of 2012 the hardest decision was made and it was to close this dairy. Dairy farming is a labour intensive operation and require dedication. A cut in price at the farm gate has influenced this decision. A typical day on a dairy starts at before 5am. The cows are brought in from the paddock by one person usually on a 4x4 4wheeler, another person starts at about 5.20 and sets up for the mornings milking. Milking commences about then or when the cows arrive, ( NO they don't always come in by themselves) . The cows are fed 3kg of crushed grain, 2kg cotton seed and 1kg of molasses each milking. the milk is stored in vats which cool the milk to about 2 to 3degrees. Milking finished at about 8am, when the younger kids head off to school on the bus which collects them from the dairy. 2 people are on each milking, am and pm 365/6 days a year. breakfast is then next order of the day. after this there is always a lot to do, check the "dry" cows to see if any have calved, change the electric fences around for the next milking, fences need to be checked and repaired, paddocks need to be watered and fertalised,and many other things. During dry weather hay is fed and in winter a rye grass crop is grown in the night paddocks, hence yummy looking green paddocks when all others are brown. All in the name of keeping the cows in good condition and the production up. Afternoon milking starts at around 3.15 with someone going out to collect the cows from the day paddock, the other person is in charge of cleaning the vats (if its tanker day) and setting up for milking. the kids usually arrive home around 3.45pm and head home for home work and some play time. Milking will finish at around 6pm and the cows are sent off to the new night paddock. Dairy cows get a fresh paddock each morning and night. A milk tanker comes from Rockhampton every second day to collect the milk from the farmers in this area. Pauls is the local supplier of milk in this area. Home branded milk has caused many a dairy farmer to consider his options as farm gate prices drop, I think we will all have to think about rice, soy ??? milk for the future.
A walk to Mt Dalrymple (3rd highest mountain in Qld), starts in the cache area but be aware this is a hard walk and not for the unexperienced with a 5 hr + return time expected. You will be able to to see many birds in the area, rare Eungella Honey Eater, Regent Bower Bird, cockatoos black and white, kookaburras, crows, small finches. Lots of frogs are here as well as the pesky cane toad. This is the end of the road, all other roads are private roads for the farm. At times this area can seem like muggle central, hard to believe but you may well see.
Enjoy a drive on this winding Rainforest Drive.
FIRST TO FIND GOES TO MONEYBOX, was nice to meet you.