Sunday, 2 April 2017

At Bowen, Queensland

After our stay in Ayr we headed south to Bowen.  Much had changed since our last visit, the foreshore had footpaths, everything was very tidy.
However cyclone Debbie has just gone through this area, the eye of the cyclone was not that far from Bowen.  Should imagine most of these boats are ruined now.






Watched on TV a news report and all this area is flooded.


Seagulls can't read signs :)


The information centre in Bowen.  I expect the wind sails have gone now.

Bowen is a town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland.  At the 2011 census, Bowen had a population of 10,260

The town enjoys a diversified and prosperous economy based on agriculture, fishing, tourism, and mining. Its unusually dry climate for a tropical location, plus its fertile alluvial soil, makes it the ideal place to grow a wide variety of small crops, including tomatoes, rockmelons (i.e., cantaloupes), and capsicums (i.e., green peppers). Outside the alluvial plain, much of the Bowen area is used for beef cattle.

Just north of Bowen is the Abbot Point coal loading port.  Coal mined inland of Bowen in Collinsville and other towns in the Bowen Basin is brought by rail to a deepwater pier to be loaded on bulk carriers.
Coal is exported mainly to China and India.
Wikipedia



48 comments:

  1. I heard on our news that Debbie had caused lots of flooding and problems in Queensland - hope most of it can soon be cleared up especially for the people living in that area.

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    1. I believe it's still going on Rosemary, ex Debbie made a very large mess along with the rain which went further south cause lots of flooding, ruined roads and so on.

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  2. They love to sit on railing next to signs that say "Don't feed the gulls!" Nice post.

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  3. I'm waiting summer and gulls… heh. But your photos are very nice to watching.

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    1. Thank you.
      Won't be long and your summer will arrive.

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    1. I was standing underneath that sign and didn't realize there was a seagull there :)

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  5. Is that a 'big mango' in the final shot? Poor Bowen will look very, very different at the moment.

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    1. That is a big mango but not THE BIG MANGO..I wonder how Bowen is doing as we did stay there several days, such a lovely place.

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  6. Good views, from that beautiful place.

    Too bad it came a typhoon.

    Kisses

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  7. Multiple windsocks and all showing that the wind is blowing in the same direction. It must be heartbreaking to see the mess there now.

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    1. Would dread to think what mess there is there, haven't seen anything on the www. photos of Bowen as yet.

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  8. Such a lovely town but it looks a bit worse for wear at the moment

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  9. Such devastation that Debbie has bought with her. My heart goes out to all affected.

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    1. And mine, it's dreadful these cyclones or anything like that.

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  10. Thank you for this nice tour and the background. Love that gull.

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  11. I was in this area when the last cyclone hit a few years back but Debbie was more slow moving so more damage was done as the battering went on for longer always sad to see the mess after a cyclone.
    Merle......

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    1. Just as well as you were not in that area this time Merle. Not at all nice to see the devastation of certain areas that were effected and it's still going on.

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  12. Bowen would look a mess now, I suspect.
    Still the people up there are all hardy types and life will
    return to normal until the next BIG HIT.
    Seems that your overseas readers are quite unaware of our
    "Beloved" land of bushfires, floods, cyclones and all in-between.
    Ah well that's "Down Under" and we all love it here, eh?
    Dorothy McKellar sure had it all in that great poem.

    The flooding south of "The Tweed" is shocking and yes
    it is raining thanks to "Debbie" here in Terrigal.
    I think I saw on TV this morning that you are getting webbed feet
    also!???????
    Cheers
    Great report
    Colin

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    1. Ooops - I thought my spelling was questionable.
      Apologies to our famous poet: Dorothea Mackellar.
      Colin

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    2. Dorothea Mackellar's poem is very fitting.
      All those people that live in the cyclone areas know that one will hit one day and cause problems. Each to his own, and it's their choice where they live.
      Keep dry where you are.

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  13. Those little dinghys look like toys next to the bigger boats. I imagine they would have been among the first to get tossed ashore. I hope not too much damage was done, but I've been seeing the aftermath on the news :(

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    1. Yes they do don't they.
      I haven't seen much about Bowen on the news these past few days, it's all now the floods. Sad.

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  14. Such a beautiful area. Let's hope the area is able to recover from Cyclone Debbie.

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  15. I love the beaches around Bowen...and over the years I spent much time there. Sadly, Bowen and surrounding areas, including Collinsville 82 or so kms inland, received a battering from Cyclone Debbie. She certainly has left her impression throughout Qld, down into northern NSW....devastating results....

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    1. Dreadful is the aftermath of Debbie, but that's Australia and we all know it happens.
      Love Bowen and it's beaches too.

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  16. Hello Margaret,
    Great all these pictures along the coast. The first with that harbor looks veryw ell.

    Best regards,
    Marco

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    1. A different way to come home to Tasmania, down the east coast.

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  17. The seagull looks taking his comfort ease. He might read the sign as "Persecution is strictly prohibited". Thanks for your frequent visits to my posts.

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    1. I enjoy your posts :)
      Was what he really was thinking, that seagull.

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  18. I enjoyed your photos and the info. Sad about the Cyclone.

    I wish you a lovely week.

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    1. Thank you Mildred, not a good time for many people in the aftermath of the cyclone.

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  19. Beautiful images, and I love the "Seagulls can't read signs", it made me laugh.

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    1. It's not often one can take a photo of such nature - right place at the right time - and of course it made me laugh too :)

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  20. I saw some footage of the cyclone shaking up the boats and smashing some against the dock.

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  21. cyclones are scary as i have seen them only on t.v channels like national geographic .
    Bowen sounds much like our part of land .
    you captured so nicely all the view friend.

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  22. I would love to be in this place. Stunning! No surprise that it's a prosperous town.

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  23. Such lovely photo's you've shared, my favourite is the first one.

    Yes, here in the UK, we have heard about cyclone Debbie - my thoughts to all who have been affected.

    All the best Jan

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