Thursday, 23 March 2017

Castle Hill, Townsville

Castle Hill is 286 meter (938 ft) above sea level in Townsville, Queensland, great view and good for walking if you are inclined.
The first photo is taken from the carpark, the remainder is the view.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A peaceful place.

Down near The Strand in Townsville is the Marina then behind me is a large lawn area where the Cenotaph is.  'Tis a beautiful area.

There were children playing here with the boys climbing up these old trees.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Buildings in Townsville, Queenland

Went window shopping in several areas of Townsville, Queensland and what a surprise when we came across a picture to hang on your wall of home :) Just had to take a photo!

A shopping complex which wasn't that large compared to others we had seen.  Just two stories so we parked on the roof.

In the city a few buildings.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Along the Strand, Townsville

From Lucinda we travelled to Townsville, Queensland and decided to stay for 7 nights in the caravan park we stayed in on the way to Cairns on our holiday in 2016 in the winter.

We liked Townsville however it's rather spread out, there might be one shop you wish to look at but it's about 20km one way, and another about 20km in the opposite direction.  The streets are not necessarily set in squares either.

Census night was whilst we were in Townsville, the caravan park owners had the forms which we filled in and returned the next day - no trouble for us.

The Strand is really a lovely place to walk along and see by the sea.  One can swim at a couple of beaches that are patrolled by life savers even in winter.  There are 'nets' to help keep out the unwanted sea creatures.

A view of Magnetic Island from The Strand, the island is 8 klm offshore from the city of Townsville and has just over 2,000 permanent residents.
The name came about because of the apparent ''magnetic' effect it had on the ship's compass of Captain Cook as he passed the island when sailing up the east coast of Australia in 1770.
All has been investigated since, nothing was found to cause this magnetic effect.

A good hill with a view on top - photos in a future post.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Cemetery at Ingham, Queensland.

From Lucinda we drove to Ingham for the day.
A church and a few graves on the way to Ingham.
Ingham had a lot of Italian people living there and now of course their children.  Some of the graves are really beautiful.
The Cemetery depicts the area's strong Mediterranean influences with a magnificent display of tile mausoleums.
In the Catholic section the older style mausoleums are constructed from white stucco and marble, the traditional materials, and contain Gothic style windows and doors.  More recent ones are flat-roofed with parapet surrounds and finished with terrazzo and tiles.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Transporting of Sugarcane, Queensland

Many of the sugarcane farms have train lines so the small trains which are usually ever so long can travel to collect the cut cane to take to the mill.
We saw many mills on our travels but this one was the closest to take a photo of.
Some areas burn sugarcane and some don't burn it.

Here comes the small sugarcane train going to the mill.

The sugarcane train goes forever it seems.

Cut cane

Sugar growing near the graveyard at Ingham, Queensland.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

The Patrol Boat

Discovered a boat ramp at Lucinda, up around the corner and down the road.
Hinchinbrook Island in the distance.
The town of Ingham a population of about 4.700 people is not that far from Lucinda thus providing the town with a supermarket and plenty of shopping.

That's a Patrol Boat checking peoples fish that they caught.

He's coming in after fishing, there is a jetty and a walkway to his house.

Found this photo of the end of the long jetty where the ships are and load the sugar.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Our stay at Lucinda, Queensland.

Our stay at Lucinda was most enjoyable as we hadn't been there before, so there were scenes to discover and noises we hadn't heard of before.
It was a busy Caravan Park and one had to book before arriving to make sure there was a place to park the caravan.  Many people come to Lucinda for fishing in the Australian Winter, and some for just a holiday or both.
There is only one shop which sells great fish n chips among other things.
Plenty of nice houses for sale but of course over priced and being a very small place there wasn't a great deal for locals to do.

In the night we heard this screaming and it sounded like a woman in trouble, so imagine several of these Bush Curlew birds screaming - this video I found on Youtube and it goes for a couple of minutes so you can hear the scream.

A bit more of the Lucinda Jetty, and the blue is to help keep out the sea creatures from this part of the beach.

 Above the ever saving Vinegar if one gets stung by a sea creature, and of course swim at your own risk.

The beginning of the Lucinda Jetty and the shop below.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

To Lucinda, Queensland

After one month of staying in the Cairns area we began our journey south on August 5, 2016 Australian Winter to a place called Lucinda which we had heard about but wanted to see for ourselves.

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.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Up in hills again!

The view on the way up to Atherton Tableland via the southern road is just magnificent.
The Tablelands is a fertile plateau which is part of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland.  It is located west to south-south-west inland from Cairns.  It's a tropical latitude the elevated position provides a climate suitable for dairy farming.  It has an altitude ranging between 500 and 1,280m (1,640 and 4,200 ft).

As we travelled along the winding road to get to the Tableland there were places designated for viewing and taking photos.
From now on I'm using my new lens.

You can just see the winding road below.

There is a farm house in that cleared green area.

Came across a lake and accommodation plus ducks.

The Church was beautifully kept in a small town on the way to Atherton.

The view on the way back down from another way.