Monday, 27 March 2017

Plantation Park, Ayr

On Tuesday Cyclone Debbie is expected to hit Townsville!  Hope everyone will be safe.

On the way up to Cairns we stayed in Ayr as we did on the way back down the East Coast of Australia, Winter 2016.
There was a gorgeous diamond ring in a jewelers shop in Ayr rather pricey but it was simplistic and took a lot of will power by me not to buy it.

Link to previous post about Ayr and photos and Another link 

Went for a drive whilst staying in Ayr, Queensland and on a corner is this lovely park called
Plantation Park is of a great significance to the Juru people who wandered this district for thousands of years before European settlement - children were born on the banks of the creek, Elders were buried here and ceremonies held.

Gubulla Mundo (Carpet Snake) is the Aboriginal Totem and the protective Spirit for the Biri Gubba people.  It's construction on this site is for the honoring of this sacred burial site where many Aboriginals ancestors are buried.


The Carpet Snake at the park. 
Across to the left of the photo is a big parking area.




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    1. Thanks, as I type this reply the cyclone (Debbie) has hit, thank goodness I am not there and live where I live.

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  2. You've been doing some serious traveling!
    Hope everyone stays safe.

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  3. Hope wish and pray that storm goes by smoothly without hurting anyone.
    This park and it's history sounds quite interesting.
    This huge snake is fake right?

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    1. Yes it's very fake baili. Yes, a lot of history attached to that area of the park.

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  4. Love that the snake marks and honours burial grounds. I hope Debbie comes and leaves gently.

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    1. Ayr as you know is in the path - so hope everyone is ok, as Debbie is now lashing the coast.

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  5. I am not that fond of 'big' things, but the snake is great.

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  6. What looks like igneous outcroppings make that beach look like some in Oregon. Good luck to all facing the storm.

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    1. As I type the cyclone is going through that area..
      And Thanks. Glad I live where I do.

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  7. Heard about the cyclone. Just got back from a rainy week on the Gold Coast.

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    1. Heard it has rained a lot up that way. More to come I expect.
      Trust you had a wonderful time despite the wet.

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  8. Impressive snake sculpture.
    Well done Margaret with a history of the aboriginal people of
    that area and the significance of the snake.
    My brother and wife (Gold Coast) were here at now SUNNY Terrigal yesterday
    and are hot footing it back by the Pacific Highway to Gold Coast and rain
    etc from Debbie even way down in northern NSW may cause coastal flooding.
    Last reports on Debbie are it is intensifying.....not good news.
    Just hope people in low lying coastal areas evacuate as the authorities have
    been advising.
    Also my brother reports that the Military are on alert and monitoring the situation carefully from some high security tracking station outside Canberra.
    Fingers crossed eh, for tonight and tomorrow.
    Colin

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    1. Thanks Colin.
      Dreadful is the cyclone crossing as I type. Lots of damage and more to come.
      Hope everyone is safe though.

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  9. That snake caught me a bit off guard. ..and I just read your summary. Silly me.

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  10. First I thought the python is real.. then I again read it.. then I realized that it is a model..

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    1. Oh dear, don't think I've seen a real snake that big.
      Glad you realized it was a model of the real thing.

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  11. Yes, it is worry that cyclone Debbie is coming in with such ferocity. Hope all will be safe.

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    1. Passing as I type, listening to the cyclone on the TV.
      Hope everyone will be safe.

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  12. I'm worried about cyclone Debbie too. I don't have family up there, but that doesn't matter, I don't like to think of people being in danger.
    I like that big snake, it's a wonderful way to honour the original people of the area.

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    1. Was surprised to see that park there, have passed it before when up that way but never realized it was indeed there.
      Dreadful another cyclone - the time before we were up that way - after there was a cyclone - so that's 2 times in a row.

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  13. I have to admit that when I saw the title of your post I thought you were in Ayr, Scotland! Not sure about that snake!

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    1. Oh did you. Now that would be nice if I was in Ayr in Scotland :)

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  14. Interesting history of the snake sculpture. I imagine it's very popular for kids to climb on also. I know my little guys would be excited to "ride" the snake!

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    1. Seems as if a crowd of children could be there in the school holidays and it's a very large area across from the snake.

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  15. Goodness that snake looks amazing.
    Hope Cyclone Debbie is gentle ...

    Enjoy these remaining March days. 2017 seems to be going by very quickly.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Won't be long and it will be winter here :) a couple more months.
      I think the cyclone will be a dreadful one, can't imagine a cyclone not.

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  16. Very frightening about the cyclone. Interesting about the snake. I enjoy you sharing your travels with us.

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  17. Very interesting and beautiful old and holy park. I love the huge snake.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Reading your post, I am very pleased to know the spirit of Aborigines is still alive in a modern style.

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