Sunday, 27 April 2014

Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Rockhampton experiences over 300 days of sunshine each year, which lends itself to tourism activities all year round and an abundance of outdoor activities.
The city lies on the Fitzroy River, approximately 45 kilometres (28 mi) from the river mouth, and some 600 kilometres (370 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane
The Capricorn district is the traditional home of the Darumbal Aboriginal people.
The European history of the area began in 1853, when the area that would become Rockhampton was visited by the Archer brothers Charles and William, who were seeking grazing lands. They were acting on information from earlier expeditions by Ludwig Leichhardt and Thomas Mitchell, who had explored the area in 1844 and 1846 and noted suitable land for grazing then.

A significant gold deposit at Mount Morgan to the southwest was discovered in the 1880s, and Rockhampton became the main port through which the wealth of Mount Morgan gold was channelled. Due to the wealth of Mount Morgan, Rockhampton weathered the severe economic depression of the 1890s and many of the town's substantial brick and stone public buildings date from this period. The historic streetscape of Quay Street still displays a number of substantial historic buildings, built when Rockhampton was envisaged as being capital of a state of North Queensland. Most prominent of these is the sandstone Customs House (1900), which today houses an information centre. Other important nineteenth century buildings include the Post Office (1892), the Supreme Court House (1888), and St Joseph's Cathedral (1892)

We stayed there for about a week in 2008 and it's a very long way from Tasmania, Australia.

These photos were done in HDR - something different.


The Roundabout


The clock on the Post Office


Rockhampton Post Office


Fitzroy River


If taking a stroll along the banks of the Fitzroy River we can see this sign.

12 comments:

  1. What a lovely place to visit! The photos are wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Beth. Nice and warm mostly all year round, no snow for you there :)

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    1. It's a beauty Adam and the HDR photography makes it look even more impressive in my opinion, just different.

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  3. Great Post Office, isn't it dangerous with does croqs?

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. It is indeed a lovely post office.
      No you wouldn't swim in the river in case a crocodile came.

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  4. 300 days of sun it means possibility of relaxing all year there. What a shame it's a long distance from my place I could relax every wekeend on the beach.

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    1. It can get very hot at Rochampton Gosia. There is no beach as it's inland, but the sea is not too far away, but then you have to becareful because in the sea in that area there are sea creatures that sting people. There are nets in the sea in some areas and it's there one can swim.

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  5. Wow, I would SO enjoy visiting this place! Your photos are gorgeous!

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  6. Lovely light on the Post Office stones. Remember the bull almost went under water in the floods.

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    1. I was happy with that effect.
      Yes, I do remember the bull in the flood :) Saw in on the TV and was very amazed.

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