The Wandering Tops

The Wandering Tops

07 March, 2015

Theebine Hotel

We had been speaking to the locals at the Woolooga pub who suggested a nice drive is out to Theebine which crosses over a historical bridge and suggested the pub meals were worth the drive. On the offer of a pub meal Hels eyes had a twinkle which suggested this would be a good idea, so how could we not go!

Theebine is a small town located North West of Gympie. The town was originally established to service the railway junction where the Kingaroy line branched from the North Coast railway line. The town is best known for the Theebine Hotel, a tourist attraction. The pub was first built in the year 1909 and now restored by the current owners around 2004. You can camp out the back of the pub for free, they have entertainment and great meals. We had lunch with plenty of choices on the menu.

Yep, the Theebine Hotel

Interesting urinal made from a beer keg.

We turned off the Woolooga-Marybourgh road which travels across the Dickabram bridge to Theebine. As we crossed the bridge Hels shut her eyes and blocked her ears as the noise of the wooden planks moving was a little disturbing to say the least.
The Dickabram Bridge was constructed in 1885 and is a heritage-listed road-and-rail bridge over the Mary River near Miva, north-west of Gympie. It was the major bridge on the Kingaroy line. The bridge is one of only two remaining road-and-rail bridges in Australia and the only one in Queensland. It is the oldest remaining large steel truss bridge constructed in Queensland with a length of 191m and the longest span of 36.6m. During the construction of the bridge the town of Dickabram supported the construction workers with Post Office, hotel, butcher shop, blacksmith etc The Post Office closed in 1886 and the town today only has 3 public houses.

It is rumoured that there were three deaths during the construction of the bridge. Two graves near the bridge believed to be for construction workers and the third death is believed to be that of a workman who disappeared while barrowing concrete to fill one of the 4 steel cylinders. It is assumed that the fellow wheeled his barrow too close to the edge and he and his barrow fell in. His co-workers, not realising his fate continued to fill in the cylinder with concrete. There are many fishermen who tell that while fishing for cod near the bridge on cold winter nights have heard tapping and a voice moaning in the very same cylinder!!

Dickabram bridge, I couldn't hear any tapping

I think every board on the bridge rattled as we crossed.