The area we were travelling was and is sugar country so Lucinda is home of Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal which was constructed in 1979 and is the longest service jetty in the southern hemisphere at 5.76 k (about 3 miles), long and supported by more than 660 concrete and steel pylons. The jetty is an engineers masterpiece with it's length actually following the curvature of the earth.
The jetty enables Lucinda to handle large bulk sugar ships up to 50,000 tonnes.
There are approximately 20 ships that export sugar from Lucinda to various markets around the world.
On February 3, 2011 a Category 5 Cyclone Yasi crossed the Northern Queensland coast in the early hours of the morning, bringing measure peak wind gusts of 185km/hr at Lucinda. At the height of the storm, waves over the deck of the jetty destroying the shiploader along with the Lucinda Jetty Coastal Observatory (LJCO). The LJCO was located at the end of the jetty and delivered valuable optical data regarding local coastal waters and atmospheric conditions.
The Lucinda Jetty sustained extensive damage from the cyclone, costing an estimated $50 million and re-opened after 18 months of repair.
The photo above it only a small part of the Jetty.
Lucinda is off the main highway, this photo taken as we travelled on the road to Lucinda and is of sugarcane growing.