Queensland Journals

The Rest of Queensland

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A July 2010 trip to Queensland by MagdaDH_AlexH

The Tabletop mountain viewed from the Picnic Point Photo, Queensland, Australia More Photos
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Magic Magnetic Island

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The Forts Walk, Magnetic Island Photo, Queensland, Australia
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Magnetic Island is situated off the coast near Townsville, km north of Brisbane and km south of Cairns. The island is only a twenty minute ferry ride from the mainland and as it has several "normal" settlements, not just tourist resorts, it's accessible by a reasonably priced ferry (a return family ticket cost around 60 AUD).The island is something of a tropical paradise, with the chief two attractions being bushwalking in its mostly wooded interior and swimming and snorkelling off its beaches. Many people visit the island as a day trip from Townsville. We spend two nights (and one full day) here and as our kind hosts lend us their truck, we manage to explore a little during ...Read More

Turtles, bats and beaches in Yeppoon

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Flying fox - Yeppoon Photo, Queensland, Australia
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Yeppoon is a coastal resort town located on the Queensland coast just above the Tropic of Capricorn and about 40km from Rockhampton. It is also known as the gateway to the Great Keppel Island, for which ferries and tours depart from Rosslyn Bay, a few miles down the coast between Emu Park and Yeppoon proper. Our host family live on the outskirts of Yeppoon, pretty much on Lammermoor Beach (which is one of a whole sequence of beaches running down the coast here all the way from Byfield to Zilzie).Australians have a rather dismissive attitude to non-surf beaches, and as the Yeppoon ones are already sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef which starts somewhere in this region of the ...Read More

Rydges Capricorn Intl Resort

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Rydges Capricorn Intl Resort Photo, Queensland, Australia
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We have not stayed in the Capricorn Resort, but we used the facilities as day visitors (which is free and although theoretically you need to register if you come for a whole day I don't think anybody bothers). The complex was built as a golfing and family resort, and apparently also for Japanese weddings (there is a picturesque, white clapboard chapel in the grounds with views of the sea).The resort buildings are set in wooded grounds and the aquatic area is extensive and well appointed, with several pools for swimming, a high, fast water slide, whirlpool jacuzzi spa (that was crowded pretty much all the time we were there), a toddler pool, another pool with an artificial beach...Read More

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Rydges Capricorn Intl Resort
Farnburough Road
Queensland, Queensland 4703
866-539-0036

Dreamtime Cultural Centre

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Dreamtime Cultural Centre Photo, Rockhampton, Queensland
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The Dreamtime Cultural Centre is one of the main tourist attractions in Rockhampton and allows the visitors to gain insight into the history and cultural practices of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia. The Centre is not only a visitors' attraction but also serves the native as well as wider community as a function and a conference venue. It's possible to see the Centre on a self-guided visit or join one of the frequent (and free of additional charge) guided tours. The guided tour will definitely enhance the visit and allow the visitors to learn much more (as well as incorporating extra demonstrations, including didgeridoo playing and boomerang throwing. ...Read More

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Dreamtime Cultural Centre
Bruce Hwy
Rockhampton, Australia 4700
(07) 4936 1655

Mining time wrap: Mt Morgan

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Old architecture in Mt Morgan Photo, Queensland, Australia
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Mt Morgan is an old mining town, located about 40km south-west of Rockhampton. Its prosperity was founded on, and then rose and fell with a huge open-cut gold and copper mine. The mine has been closed for thirty years now and the town is a bizarre but strangely compelling place, a true time wrap and not very far off being a ghost town despite boasting a population of over 2,000 people, a high school and a museum. Mt Morgan is officially a heritage town and there are several rather striking buildings on the town's main street which is worth a stroll not just for the old architecture (from the scruffy pub called the Grand Hotel to a railway station), but also for the air of desolate but pict...Read More

Tropical Rocky

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The Fitzroy river at Rockhampton Photo, Queensland, Australia
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Rockhampton straddles the Tropic of Capricorn and is, thus, not only the main hub for the Capricorn Coast area of the southern Great Barrier Reef but also, technically, the beginning of Tropical Queensland: an area that stretches all the way north towards Cairns and further to the truly wild Cape York Peninsula.Rockhampton is not necessarily a must-see destination, but it certainly warrants a stop on a route of travellers passing by, especially those interested in seeing "the real Australia" rather than just soaking up the sun and sea at the beaches. Rockhampton lies on the Fitzroy river, about 40km inland from the river mouth, 600km north from Brisbane and 1,100km south of Cai...Read More

Toowoomba

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The Tabletop mountain viewed from the Picnic Point Photo, Queensland, Australia
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As in Canada, it seems that the best experiences in Australia await us in the kind of places that people comment on in the manner of "you are going where???".We go to Toowoomba (don't you just love this sound as a town name) as this is where we have a couch, and with a family at that. Toowoomba is a town that sits at the top of the Great Dividing Range, presiding over the agricultural area of the Darling Downs. The views from the escarpment ridge down towards the plains are excellent and the town itself, very conservative and at least 30 years behind times, is interesting. One day, we go climb the Table Mountain, a volcanic crag of a hill that sticks up from the rol...Read More