Posted by: travelrat | November 19, 2010

More Famous Pies and the Big Pineapple

On the way to Rainbow Beach: 28th July 2010.

On the road to Rainbow Beach,  it wasn’t long before we called in for coffee at ‘Aussie World’, just after the turn-off for Beerwah and Australia Zoo.

We didn’t actually go into ‘Aussie World’, but there’s a street of ‘typically country’ wood-built shops, and I wondered if they’d always been here, or they’d been brought in from elsewhere. We passed several places by the side of the highway, where their business seems to be buying wooden houses in the country, and transporting them to their yard, where they’d sell them on to people who would relocate them on their own land.

In that street is the coffee bar and pie shop called ‘Beefy’s’. They claim to make ‘the best pies in Queensland‘, which they back up with plaques on the wall showing the many awards they’ve won.

At ten o’ clock in the morning, it was a bit early for a pie, but if the little sausage roll I had with my coffee was anything to go by, they must be something.

A little further on, a short way off the highway, stands the Big Pineapple, claimed as ‘the Queensland icon’. Of course, it’s not a real pineapple; it just stands there being a Big Pineapple. But, that’s not all there is there. There’s the extensive souvenir shop, and displays where you can find out everything you want to know about pineapples.

To tell the truth, I’m not all that keen on pineapples, although I do like ham and pineapple toasties. And, we bought some pineapple marmalade in the shop, which, when I tried it the following morning, instantly replaced grapefruit as my favourite marmalade.

If you want to watch pineapples growing, there’s a little railway, which runs through the pineapple fields. The railway is original; the train is a mock-up … a diesel loco tricked up to resemble a steam engine of a type which used to bring in the pineapples.

After we’d returned home, we heard the Big Pineapple had changed ownership, and plans were afoot to house a racing car collection there. This seems to me like an extremely good idea … and I hope they can obtain and show Mark Webber’s Red Bull. He didn’t win the World Championship this year, but he came close, and gave it a damn’ good try.

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  1. Hi Keith,
    The street of the Country shops, most are new buildings, and yes others have been brought in and placed, but there are a couple of original buildings as well, so it is a bit of a mixture.

    I have never had a pie from “Beefy’s” so I can’t tell you what they tasted like, but at least they had some plaques up on the wall. If you enjoyed the sausage roll, it is a good bet the rest of the food was most likely nice as well, it’s not always easy to get a nice sausage roll.

    Thank You very much for a link back to my post on the Big Pineapple.

    • I must say, I do like the idea of moving house … literally!

      I understand they do it a lot in America; if you have to relocate, but don’t want to leave your home, you take it with you.

      Don’t think it’d ever catch on in UK, though … not unless you wanted to cope with a shedload of hassle from the Planning Department.

  2. Only in Australia would a pie shop be called Beefy’s. I love it. LOL. The Big Pineapple cracks me up. It’s been ages since I’ve seen it!

    • I wonder if they know ‘Beefy’ is the nickname of former ENGLAND cricket captain, Ian Botham?

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