Friday, 23 February 2018

1770, Queensland

Captain James Cook - After circumnavigating New Zealand, Cook's expedition sailed west for Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) (where I live) but winds forced the Endeavour north and the expedition came upon the east coast of Australia in April 1770.  At a brief and simple ceremony at Botany Bay, (a bay of Sydney) Cook named the entire east coast of Australia New South Wales.

We hadn't been to the place 1770 until this past winter 2017.

On Wednesday 24 May 1770, Lieutenant James Cook anchored the Endeavour about 3km off this part of the coast - meaning 1770.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

View from Mt. Archer, Queensland

Mt. Archer National Park is 522 kilometres northwest of Brisbane.  It's the backdrop of the city of Rockhampton which marks the start of Tropical Queensland.
Mount Arches is 604 meters above sea level.  The park covers 4250 hectares of open forest and woolands.
There is a nice picnic area with a good sized car park which is sealed as the road is up to Mt. Archer.

The city below of Rockhampton.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Fitzroy River, Rockhampton, Queensland.

Quay Street in Rockhampton mostly follows the Fitzroy River, it's catchment covers an area of 142,665 square kilometers, making it the largest river catchment flowing to the eastern coast of Australia.
The lower reaches of the river are home to salt water crocodiles.  In 2003 a crocodile measuring more than 4 meters (13ft) long was captured.  The most diverse range of freshwater fish in the country are found within the Fitzroy basin.

Walking along Quay Street this is the view.

The River has flooded many times over the years and below is the measure of the floods including the years.

Friday, 16 February 2018

More of Quay Street, Rockhampton, Queensland

Criterion Hotel/Motel in Quay Street is a beautiful building which can be seen from the bridge across the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton.  It's not an easy building to photograph because there are trees behind me then the river so one can't take a whole photo of it.
The Hotel was built in 1899 to 1890.

Rockhampton Post Office on East Street. Built from 1892 to 1896

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Quay Street Rockhampton, Queensland

Quay Street in Rockhampton runs beside the Fitzroy River and it's where most of the old buildings are.
In 2016 the street was being renewed and cars were not permitted along that way, only the people that worked in the buildings, 2017 it was finished so we were lucky to be able to drive and park in Quay Street.

The Custom House built in 1899 to 1900

Monday, 12 February 2018

Bonsai in the Caravan Park

It's most unusal to see a bonsai in a public place let alone a caravan park, this one was in Rockhampton, Queensland.  Though it's not small in stature it's shaped like a bonsai would be.
Rockhampton in Winter is usually not warm enough but this past year in winter it was warmer than usual so we stayed longer.

Bonsai in the Caravan Park, and packing up to leave for 1770

Friday, 9 February 2018

Rockhampton Caravan Show.

Whilst parked at the caravan park in Rockhampton in winter 2017 a man and a women approached us asking if we would like to have our vehicle and caravan weighted by the Queensland Transport people at the showgrounds the next morning.  Appointment was made we passed with flying colours, weights were excellent and we had room for more luggage or whatever if we wanted.
A couple of the transport men asked if we would care to look at the caravan show and if so we could park as in the photo below for free - of course we were so pleased as there was no parking outside, so off we went and had a wonderful day looking at new caravans.
The show was massive with many streets within the showgrounds caravan's covering them.

Sign to show us where some of the places are in Australia - noted Cradle Mountain which is in Tasmania's north. For those that do not know, it's in Tasmania's north that we live, though some distance from Cradle Mountain.

Always pleasant to have a rest during walking around the caravan show.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A thing or two.

It landed on the clothes line in the caravan park in Rockhampton, luckily I had the camera out of his carry bag and ready to shoot.
It's the Kookaburra.

The Heritage Hotel was built in 1898 and it's address is Quay Street.  The Hotel was closed for two years and re-opened in June 2017. Previous names Old Colonial Hotel and Commercial Hotel.
For those interested in the History of the Hotel have placed a link [here].

Monday, 5 February 2018

A picnic in Rockhampton, Queensland

A lovely park in Rockhampton not far from the Catholic Church.  We bought some good fish and chips from a shop near by and ate them at one of the tables provided with a large shady tree, being winter in 2017 and rather warm there was hardly anyone around just a view birds.
The fountain looks lovely and inviting to put ones toes in.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Trains and portable homes in Rockhampton, Queensland

Rockhampton is in the Tropic of Capricorn, Australia.
This long trains goes across one of the main streets, so it's a long wait.
The reason why is [here]

Transportable homes all stored in this holding yard till someone buys one.  I found a link to some houses that are the original and restored.  Link is [here].  I found these rather fascinating.