Monday, 11 December 2017

To Mackay, Queensland.

After Emerald in Queensland we headed to the sea coming through mining country and after that National Parks.  The road we wanted to travel on was closed due to Cyclone damage earlier in the year as the rain has washed away the road, so we travelled several klm on a narrow gravel road with no Petrol Stations along the way, lucky for us we had plenty of diesel in the tank.

We called into a Caravan Park in Mackay and stayed 10 nights as it was a bit warmer in the tropics.  Many times we have stayed in the same caravan park and this time development had taken place with much improvement.


One open cut mine above, below part of the Darling Downs on the way.




The new concrete slabs at the caravan park, plus the bus fitted out as a caravan, below the Marina at Mackay.




Saturday, 9 December 2017

Odds and Ends in Emerald.

Never expect to see roses at the Botanic Gardens but there they were all in a row - some didn't look real healthy but others did.


Could hear Kookaburras looked up and there they were.
This one is the Blue Winged Variety.






Was fiddling around trying to get just the centre portion of the blossom in focus, think I achieved!


Above is the huge 23m high Van Gogh replica painting of "Sunflower" situated in Morton Park in Emerald.


Crochet I do when travelling, made 6 rugs this past winter in the tropics of Australia.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Emerald Botanic Gardens.

To the west of Emerald is an area known as The Gemfields, with small towns such as Sapphire and Rubyvale indicating the type of gems found there.
The sapphire fields located there are the largest in the southern hemisphere.

Photos of the Botanic Gardens.


Cacti


Below bamboo.






The above photo is a 'free caravan/motorhome' park for self-contained ones.  We didn't do that.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Emerald, Queensland.

Emerald is a town in the Central Highlands of Queensland with a population of about 13,500 people.
The British Colony of Queensland was established in 1859.
There is the Fairbairn Dam near Emerald which overflowed in January 2008 with major flood of 1,000 houses being affected and more than 2,500 people being evacuated.

Emerald is a service town for a large number of industries in the area.  Extensive coal mining operations are carried out in the district.  Cotton is grown in the area, and is processed at the Yamala Cotton Gin, while other agricultural activities include grapes, citrus and grain growing.
Wikipedia.

We were pleased to stay in Emerald for a few nights before heading to the coast as we thought it about time we did.

A lot of signs are made like the one below in the area and surrounding areas.


View of the Dam plus surrounding area.










Saturday, 2 December 2017

On the way to Emerald, Queensland.

Selection of photos taken on the way to Emerald in Queensland.  We went through a few mining areas.  Was odd to see this little 'shop' at a major intersection near the Highway.
The machinery was taken out the vehicles window.
The long train carrying ore, saw a lot of these coming and going as we travelled in this area.












Thursday, 30 November 2017

Biloela, Queensland.

Biloela had open cut mines then went into agriculture.  There are about 5,800 people in the Shire.
Water is a problem for the area so a dam was begun in 1963 called Callide Dam and Power Station but due to low rain fall the dam is hardly ever full.


The Caravan at Biloela


The pool and eating area at the Caravan Park.




Shopping area, supermarket opposite which was lovely.


The below photo is dry creek.


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Biloela, Queensland

Beautiful Hibiscus flower taken on our holiday in Winter.
Taken with my phone.



Leaving Mundubbera in Queensland was exciting after the mishap  of the caravan, we were on our way to Biloela in Queensland.  Weather was warmer so lighter clothes at last in our past winter.


Stayed in a lovely caravan park with an en-suite - all the sites had en-suites.
We last stayed in Biloela in 2008 and it was in this town that I was called back to Tasmania as my late mother became ill.  Flew home alone and saw my mum before she died 10 days after my arrival. My husband had to drive back to Tasmania by himself that year. So this year it was wonderful to return to Biloela once again.

This past winter we arrived to a buzz of the country folk telling us there was a Field Day and were we going - it was for two days so we did go on the Sunday morning and we had a ball.
Some of the photos I took with my phone of the goings on.


Particularly enjoyed watching the plowing as I can recall my late Grandfather doing the same. He preferred the old way to a tractor :)






Threshing Drum machine above it was used to thresh grain.












This was a tractor race to see who could go the slowest without stalling - interesting to watch.


Monday, 27 November 2017

Mundubbera, Queensland.

The morning we left Mundubbera, Queensland it was foggy - these two photos were taken from the back of the Motel.  The other two on a clear morning.

We were excited to be on our way once again.







The view out the back of the Motel


First night in Mundubbera we heard a familiar sound so walked behind the Motel and in the distance were bats!