A Travellerspoint blog

November 2015

Biking with Barry, South - Queensland

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Having met Barry in August before I carried on my travels north, we had become good friends and were both Bikers. Barry has a Kawasaki Nomad1800, and had recently purchased a Honda Shadow 750
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with the suggestion of doing a road trip together - an offer I couldn't refuse!
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So I head back to Airlie and we set off south, stopping first at Mackay to fit a two way radio in the helmets. It was the first time I'd communicated on a bike and made navigating around towns much easier! Though on the downside, I couldn't sing and Barry couldn't swear, as you hear everything!
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We explored the area, passed Greenmount Sugar Mill
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and out to Knichant Dam for a 'coldy' and a milkshake
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I met both his daughters Sheree and Tanya and we
stayed the night in Mackay before heading on through Sarina
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to stop for an ice cream at Clairview.
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From Clariview we headed south to Rockhampton
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and up a windy mountain road to the top of Mount Archer
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with great views down over the city
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and cooled off in the shade
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before heading down the mountain to look around the Botanic Gardens
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and FREE Zoo!
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This imposing structure is the bird aviary
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It was amazing to have the chance to see a Cassowary sitting on eggs
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Emu's

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and wild Ibis
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nesting high up in the trees
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of course there were Koalas - who spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping!
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We saw Wombats enjoying the sunshine
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mirrored Kangaroos
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Dingoes
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a Boa
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Salt Water Crocodile
- who's numbers have dropped due to ingesting the poisonous Cane Toad, unlike 'salties' which are immune to the Cane Toad.
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Chimps being given afternoon tea of ice cream and orange juice
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Lace Monitors - a familiar sight around national park picnic areas scavenging for leftovers
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Perentile - the largest lizard or goanna in Australia, and the fourth largest lizard in the wolrd!
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and sadly some areas that are ready for renovating with a little more funding
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It was a great stop
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but time to hit the road again
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on towards the coast and to Yeppoon
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Yeppoon is a quite beach town
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with great fish and chips!
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After an early start to watch the sunrise,
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we headed along to the Marina
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with this imposing Gorilla rock
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and up a hill to the Singing Ship - built to honour James Cook, who discovered and named Keppel Bay
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with great views out to sea
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Moving on we headed south to Gladstone
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Heading east to a town called 1770 - built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook's first landing in what is now the state of Queensland).
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where we stopped for lunch and to cool off with a couple of coldies (apparently there's no such thing as non-alcoholic beer!)
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Having rested our bottoms, we moved on to our final stop for the day in Bundaberg - famous for Bundaberg rum
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where I met Barry's niece and after a meal out with the family we stayed the night.

The following morning we head north and rode east up to a town in the mountains called Mount Morgan - was founded as a gold mining town in 1882, and over time the Mount Morgan Mine has produced gold, silver and copper.
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The railway link between Mount Morgan and Rockhampton was not built until 1898. Until that time, everything was transported by horse teams. Mount_Morg..ation_Barry.jpg
The mine was separatd from Rockhampton, the nearest port, by the Razorback Range, a formidable barrier.
Here, Barry used to work as a Station Master
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So it was very interesting to look around what is now a museu, and learn all about the old ways of railway management
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including this huge key
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The razorback was finally conquered by the Rack Railway in 1898. The Rack incline ran a little distance over 1.5miles. The steepest gradient was 1 in 16.5 where as the original road was in parts as steep as 1 in 5. This was still too steep for a standard locomotive.
There was a cinema set up in one of the old carriages
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describing the original rack and pinion track
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A Renecker-Abt rack locomotive was brought from Switzerland to help out. On decent it was attached to the front of the standard locomotive to slow it down. On ascents it was attached to the rear.
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The Abt rack locomotive was very powerful. It had adhesive wheels and an independently-powered engine beneath the boiler which drove pinions - toothed wheels - set between the adhesive wheels.
the pinions meshed with a toothed rack-rail attached to the sleepers, midway between the normal running rails. This gave the driving power to the rack engine and prevented slippage even under heavy loads.
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There were eight engines here in total and they operated right up until 1952 when a less steep gradient deviation line was built around the mountain.
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There was also a set up for the Fettlers camp, as it would have been for the men that built the railway
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The Fettlers would spend a week to a fortnight away at work repairing and maintaining the railway lines. Thery were tought crew who lived in rough conditions braving all the elements. When they returned home it was often to more camping in the tent city. Showere were a tin with holes in the base strung up in a tree.
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Following the closure of the railway in 1987, the station became the head-quarters of the Golden Mount Rail Presevation Society whose forsight and diligence ensured that this building would once again play an important part in the life of Mount Morgan, as the focal point for the town's tourist industry.
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Moving on towards Wowan and a place called Dingo
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we stopped for traditional Pie & Peas - a pie with mushy peas in the top!
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and we headed out west to a town called Emerald, part of the 'Gem Fields'.
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After a good meal and a night's sleep we headed a little further west to a town called Sapphire
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Where we hoped to find our fortune fossicking for gem stones!
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The first task is to fill your bucket with 'wash' - or dirt from a pile delivered from the mine
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Then, one shovel full at a time, put it into a sieve and shake out the dust and smaller rocks
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After this, there is a technique to wash off all the dirt
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and shake it in such a way that all the larger stone go to the outside and the smaller ones go to the middle and the gem stones go to the bottom! so that when you tip it out onto the hessian on the sorting table, the gem stones should magically appear on top!
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If not... it's then time to sift through with tweezers!
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and pick out anything that might remotely look like a sapphire, or other gem stone
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Before the nice lady will check through and throw out the rocks that you have mistakenly hoped to be gems!
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It doesn't look much, but it's our winnings! The large red stone is a red Zircon - it has great brilliance due to its strong dispersion and high refractive index, but is brittle and likely to chip if treated roughly. The collection of smaller stones are all colours of Sapphire.
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It was a fun experience and I think if I lived there I would get quite addicted - just like the stories of the local men who are very rich, but only have half a nose or ear due to skin cancer from being out in the sun!
so, with that in mind, we started to head back East
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through a town called Rubyvale
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and on to Clermont
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It was the hottest part of the ride - nearly 40 degrees and not a lot of shade
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added to the fun was the constant danger of dodging 'roos, deer and cows that grazed at the side of the road as this is where the best grass is from any rain they do get running off the road
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Hot going and a lot of concentration, but amazingly beautiful in it's own way, not like anywhere I've ever been.
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By the time we arrived in Clermont it was time for a well earned coldy, and the perfect place was the Grand Hotel - which used to be owned by my friend Jude in Mackay.
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There was a still a long way to go in the semi arid desert before we saw green grass again.
Well, Australia is apparently the second driest continent on the planet!
This mountain near Nebo was quite eye catching
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and another stop, another cold drink was welcome when we got there
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As we continued east, the view changed, with water in the creeks
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until we were back in sugar cane country, passing several sugar cane trains
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and on further to Proserpine, and back to Airlie Beach as it got dark.
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A great adventure, to meet some lovely people and see some sights of Australia not accessible on a tourist bus!
But out road trip north was only a couple of days away.....

Posted by charlystyles 12:00 Archived in Australia Tagged motorbike emerald sapphire biking_australia honda_shadow rubyvale Comments (0)

Back to Airlie - QLd

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Travelling with Jude back to Airlie Beach and her business "Bush Cabins" was like going home. Great to see how a Palm Leaf hat was made, having seen them at Cape Tribulation
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Having been here in August, it was nice to come back, but the increase in temperature was noticeable! But so were the spring flowers, like these Frangipani
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This time I shared a cabin with Alina, a lovely, smiley Finish girl
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who pulled off crazy sunglasses better than I did!
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Having spent a week grafting I insisted on taking Jude out with me to find some live music, so the three of us set off for a 40min walk to Airlie (from Cannonvale)
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sometimes Jude gets a little distracted, even with a camera in her face!
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We had a great night involving several bars and live music from Sun Salute
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and Kevin McCarthy among others
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before ending up in Magnums for some techno!
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and being accompanied home by two rather drunk Sweedish lads
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where I should point out that jude doesn't drink alcohol
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honest!
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Arriving back one evening to Bush Village, I was attacked by a rather protective Curlew mother, with one chicks
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the father arrived shortly after and chased me up the path!
But the next day, it was great to see the family in daylight, with two chicks ... can you spot them?
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and a protective mother
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and over-protective father
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They are beautiful birds, and freeze like statues at night if you spot them... and they're not being protective!

Another very good reason to come back was to collect my Opal ring.
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Having bought the stone in March 8 months ago, and carried it with me looking for the perfect jeweller to make something special, I was so excited to see it
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and just as unique as I hoped when I designed it
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adding a special Black Opal from Lightening Ridge
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It symbolises my travels, and is broken as I won't be returning to where I started this journey.

However, Jude got her jewellery out, and showed me some very unique gold nugget pieces
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Maybe in the next couple of weeks I'll go gem hunting for my own...

...one afternoon I met up with a good friend I'd made last time I was in Airlie and my main reason for returning - to go touring on 'my' new bike
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Honda Shadow VT750
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A beautiful blue bike to tour an amazing country
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with Barry on his Nomad
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...watch this space for more Biking with Barry...

Posted by charlystyles 12:15 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Renovating in Mackay - QLD

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Even on the other side of the world, I can still find houses to renovate!
This project was helping my friend Jude, who I'd stayed with in Airlie Beach 3 months previously.
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The ceilings had done what ceilings do, and started to bubble and peel!
So the first job was to finish the peeling, then to paint them in a special, and rather sticky paint that uses Shellack, However, as always, they needed more filler, more sanding and more painting!
So, whilst waiting for the paint to dry, not being one to sit still, I helped Jude take up a brick patio
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Before:
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After:
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and created quite a pile of bricks
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... not to mention sweat! So the best thing then, was a 'pool shower'

However, you have to work hard to play hard, and we had some time out, taking 3yr old Jaimee for a walk
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along the Pioneer River one evening
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down to Forgan Bridge
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and to see some of the town sculptures, including these LED trees and whale bones
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the lagoon looked good lit up at sunset
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before a treat at Hog's Breath Café and on to ice cream
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I even got a pet fix at the pet shop with these beautiful kittens and Blue Healer pups
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but there was plenty of animals at home, including Kooky, the Blue-Winged / Azure Kookaburra (different to the more common Laughing Kookaburra)
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and whilst putting the chooks to bed one night I found this cute little frog
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I think it's a Creaking Nursery Frog
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He was about an inch big!
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with the most beautiful eyes
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Sadly he didn't turn into my prince charming, so I'll keep looking!

Posted by charlystyles 12:10 Archived in Australia Tagged mackay walkerston creaking_nursery_frog forgan_bridge pioneer_river Comments (0)

Australia Zoo - QLD

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Australia Zoo is a 100-acre (40 ha) zoo located in the Australian state of Queensland.
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It is a member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA), and is owned by Terri Irwin, the widow of Steve Irwin, whose wildlife documentary series The Crocodile Hunter made the zoo a popular tourist attraction.
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Australia Zoo was opened by Bob and Lyn Irwin on 3 June 1970 under the name Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park. Their son Steve, had helped his parents since childhood to care for crocodiles and reptiles and to maintain the growing number of animals in the zoo.
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As filming generated extra funds, Steve and Terri put all money raised from filming and merchandise into conservation and building new exhibits.
Even building Bindi's amazing tree house with reptile exhibit
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The 'Animal Planet Crocoseum' stadium at the zoo
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has a seating capacity of about 5000.
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At the time of its construction, it was the first in the world where snake, bird and crocodile shows were conducted.
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Australia Zoo calls these shows 'Wildlife Warriors 101'. This is also where the zoo presents concerts, such as the Summer Down Under series.
Wedge Tail Eagle
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Condor
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Africa
On 17 September 2011, the zoo opened its African Safari exhibit, a multi-species replica of the Serengeti ecosystem, showcasing zebras,
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rhinos,
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and giraffes
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interacting as they would in the wild.

Asian Small-clawed Otters
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Social animals, living in groups of up to 20 individuals. Each group is actually one large family, with only the dominant pair breeding.
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In the wild, these little otters would eat up to a third of their own body weight every day with an average size of 3kg.
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Otters communicate with more than 12 different vocal noises.
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Eastern Water Dragon
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These lizards love the water, to escape predators the seek the safety of water and can hold their breath for up to 20mins until danger passes.

Komodo Dragon
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Bacteria found in Komodos' saliva will cause infection and eventually kill their prey, even if the initial bite doesn't. They weight up to 100kg.

Rhinoceros Iguana
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The rocky shore is the perfect home for these lizards with stacks of hiding places, baking spots and plenty of tucker.
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They are mainly vegetarian, but given the chance the will have a go at just about anything.
Male Rhinoceros Iguanas are built for strength, and that gnarly, bumpy head is how they gain their name. The bigger the iguana, the bigger the territory and the more girls they have.

Aligators
Fang1 - born in 1960
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"She is an absolutely gorgeous girl; I love her big Bette Davis Eyes". Anywhere from 20 to 40 eggs are layed inside the nest and take approximately 65 days to hatch.

Albert - born in 1988
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Albert came form the same clutch of eggs as Annie. Alligators have an extra eye lid which enables them to see underwater, just like wearing swimming goggles.

Alison - born in 1930
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This girl is a true grandma; she first came to Australia in 1933! Baby alligators have brightly coloured yellow and black cross-bands which fade as they age.

Annie - born in 1988
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She is beautiful my Annie and crikey she loves her food! and this lizard was being very brave drinkign her water
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Female gators lay their eggs in a mound of rotting vegetation they construct using their back legs.

Fang 2 - born in 1960
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She's a beautiful mum - she is the mother of our first ever baby alligators. Female gators take care of their babies for up to two whole years!

Barney - born in 1960
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He might seem a bit cranky, but really he is just protecting his cute little girlfriend! Alligators have between 74 and 80 blunt, peg-like teeth.

Cameron the crocodile
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This replica is based on dimensions of a real crocodile that could still exist today. Since Saltwater Crocodiles were hunted to the brink of extinction by the 1970s, it is rare to see a large croc in the wild. Today we see recovering populations where a few individuals are just starting to gain some real size. In reality though they still have some growing to do!
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We can only wonder and hope that maybe somewhere out there, there could still be a true giant. Saltwater Crocodiles have highly advance salt excretion glands so they can spend large amounts of time in saltwater. The barnacles on this crocodile are evidence that is has spent time in the open ocean. If the crocodile move into fresh water the barnacles would fall off within 24 hours.
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This reinforced concrete replica was made at the zoo. It weighs 930kgs (2050lbs) and is 8.3m (27') long. A croc this size in the wild would weigh approximately 2.5 tonne.

Freshwater Crocodile
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These crocs are the first crocs that Steve ever caught. He was just nine years old.

Scrappa
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Scrappa is the son of Agro. He can strike from the water's edge at lightening speed.

not something little girls should p[lay with!
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Red Kangaroos
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chilling out
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a little joey
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Black Footed Rock Wallaby
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Tasmanian devils
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Henry & Ebony - 5 & 4 years old.
Devils once ranged throughout most of the mainland Australia. The introduction of dingoes is thought to be the primary reason for the demise of the Tasmanian Devil.

Binturong
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Like a creature of the night - the Binturong prowls the dense forest canopy of Indonesia, hungrily searching out fruit.

Wombats
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Dingoes
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baby Dingoes
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with a gorgeous white male cub
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Koalas
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Koalas are marsupials. They give birth to un-developed young that grow inside a pouch.
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Koalas may be extinct on the south-east coast of Queensland within ten years.
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The biggest threats include habitat destruction, disease and injury by dogs or cars.
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Snoozing for up to 18-20 hours a day because they only eat eucalyptus leaves which are low energy and hard to digest.
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Kookaburra
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Curlew
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Cassowary
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The cassowary is Australia' largest land animal - the largest cassowary on record was 85g although most weight between 35 and 60kg.
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The seeds of more than 100 Wet Tropics plants are spread by cassowaries. While most of their diet is fruit, they also eat snails, insects, fungi, flowers and dead animals.
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Male cassowaries are responsible for hatching the eggs (on the nest for about 50 days!) and look after the chicks for the first 9 to 18 months.
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Cassowaries can live to a ripe old age - up to 60 years in captivity and some reports of up to 40 years in the wild.
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It is estimated that there are as few as 1,500 adult birds left in north Queensland. It is now on the endangered species list.
The word cassowary comes from two Papuan word meaning horned head.

Brolga
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In northern parts of Australia, the Brolga and Sarus Crane can easily be confused. The Brolga is the only true Aussie crane.
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It makes the large Ibis birds look small!

Jabiru
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Adult males have dark eyes whilst adult females have yellow eyes, but these aren't developed until they are around three years old.

Great Egret
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Emu
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and the difference between an Emu egg (on the left) and an Ostrich egg (on the right)
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Sumatran Tigers
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Kaitlyn and Ramalon are the perfect match,
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their bloodlines are the most valuable for the future breeding of Sumatran Tigers outside Indonesia
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Ramalon was born in 1994 and weighs 120kg
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the keeper demonstrated how they carry out medical checks, without the need for sedation, including checking the teeth
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taking blood samples
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and just how big they are
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we found a baby tiger in the shop
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Aldabra Giant Tortoise
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Back from the brink - Aldabra Tortoises were used by early sailors as food. However, thanks to one of the world's first conservation breeding programs, numbers have now increased to more than 100,000.

Fresh Water Turtles
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Long Neck Turtle
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Shingleback Lizard
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Their large thick scales have earned them the nickname 'Pine Cone Lizard'. In the wild breeding pairs have been known to meet up every spring for up to 8 years.
They are closely related to the blue-tongue skink.
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Burmese Python
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Muscle Power - Burmese Pythons constrict their prey by tightly coiling around them. Eats primarily mammals an birds.
Can live for up to 40 years and grow up to a whopping 5m long. At that size they can eat a pig or deer.
The snake skin trade had greatly reduced the number of Burmese Pythons in the wild.

Albino Burmese Python
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Albino Burmese pythons start out life with an amazing bright orange and yellow colouration and as they mature they fade to a more pastel yellow colour. They can live for up to 40 years and grow to a whopping 5m long.

King Brown
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The King Brown is one of the reptile kings of Australia. Primarily a reptile-eater, even the bite from a venomous snake won't worry this fella. With giant venom glands, the King Brown will bite and hold prey using a chewing action to pump enough venom into his prey to show up the most deadly adversary.

Lowlands Copper Head
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It can often be found in groups under fallen timber or in burrows to shelter from the bitter cold. More bodies mean more heat.

Collette's Snake
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not a lot is known about this bloke in the scrub, but he sure grows to be one of Australia's largest venomous snakes. found only in the black-soil plains of western Queensland means that this fella is one difficult candidate to track down. The searing heat and extreme seasons force this species underground into deep cracks in the earth for much of the year. As a result almost nothing is known about this species in the wild.

Western Brown snake
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This bloke comes in a multitude of colour patterns. From one place to the next, this species of snake can appear as different as chalk and cheese to the untrained eye. It just goes to show that even if you think a snake is harmless it's best left alone.

Eastern Tiger Snake
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With a notorious reputation and a venom rated at number four in the world, this bloke is not one to muck around with.

Taipan
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The Taipan is one of Australia's best known snakes and for good reason. This fella has a short temper. Like any snake though, given the chance he will go the other way.

Water Python
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Check out how the light shimmers off her skin in iridescent rainbow colours. she was considered by some local aboriginals as an ancestor of the 'original' Rainbow Serpent.

Carpet Python
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Often encountered in suburban areas, you couldn't find a better rat catcher. The Carpet Python is totally harmless. It is usually active at night and spends most of the day coiled up in a tree or rafter, or stretched out basking in an open area.

Woma
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Land clearing and burning are the two major factors that have really knocked this guy around. Australia Zoo is now the only facility in Australia to hold this local form and hope to breed and later release these guys back into protected habitat.

Red Bellied Black
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With stunning red edges to its belly scales, and a shiny black back, this snake surely ranks amongst Australia's most stunning venomous snakes.

Grey Kangaroos
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I didn't think this joey would fit, when he was spooked by a noise
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but I was wrong!
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here's another chilling out - half in, half out the pouch
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After spending hours looking around the animals, it was a unique experience to see the theatre where animals are looked after
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Fortunately there was nothing happening in there at that time.

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Back to Toowoomba - QLD

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One place that remained close to my heart whilst travelling on was Toowoomba, and the close friends I'd made there.
Having travelled up to Noosa with Mark,
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we went to visit Tami, just outside of Toowoomba where we saw this great piece of graffiti
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who I had previously stayed with, and worked with her horse. PolyAnn was looking better than ever (with Peggy the goat for company)
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and Penny also came over to say hello
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but the best part was cuddles from my old bed mate Angel, a Rex cat
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and of course the collection of small dogs, including Crystal and Sammy
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As fireworks are illegal in Queensland, it was nice to still be able to celebrate Bonire Night with a small fire
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and lots of fire twirling
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with good friends,
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and good food
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whilst spotting shooting stars through the thunder and lightening storm!
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We went to an old favourite spot, looking out over Tabletop Mountain
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Mark drove us out to explore the Bunya Mountains, west of Toowoomba
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and on the way we came across Goombungee's Jacaranda Day
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Jacaranda mimosifolia is a sub-tropical tree native to south-central South America that has been widely planted elsewhere because of its beautiful and long-lasting blue flowers.
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It is also known as jacaranda, blue jacaranda, black poui, or as the fern tree.
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In scientific usage, the name "Jacaranda" refers to the genus Jacaranda, which has many other members, but in horticultural and everyday usage, it nearly always means the blue jacaranda.
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Profuse flowering is regarded as magnificent by some and quite messy by others.
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The unusually shaped, tough pods, which are 5.1 to 7.6 cm (2 to 3 in) across, are often gathered, cleaned and used to decorate Christmas trees and dried arrangements
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Goombungee boasts a unique ironman at the southern entrance to the town which is reminiscent of the Rural Ironman and Ironwoman competition which was once held annually on Australia Day.
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There is also an historic museum, an art gallery, a primary school and a police station.
Inside the museum were examples of machinery from the old farming days
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an old shed that was home to one working family
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old school suitcases
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old school satchels
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exercise books
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SINGER sewing machine - the machine they said could never be made
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old cameras
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Moving on through the Darling Downs, the clouds were creating spectacular formations as the storm was brewing
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Prior to colonisation, the bunya Mountains were the centre for large gatherings of Murri people for the 'boyne boyne' festival - a time of feasting, ceremony, law making, trading and the settling of disputes.
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The last big festival was in the 1870s.
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Arriving in the bunya Mountains, we stopped at Fishers Lookout
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By the late 1840s all of the country around the Bunya Mountains was taken up by large sheep and cattle runs. Settlement and conflict has a huge impact on the traditional lifestyles of Aboriginal people.
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Mt Mowbullan
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and to look back down to Toowoomba
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By the 1850s timber getters were drawn to the mountain by the valuable stands of red cedar,
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Hoop pines and Bunya pines.
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Up to 25 sawmills once operated on or around the Bunyas. The last sawmill on the mountain closed in 1950, ending nearly 100 years of logging.
arriving in Dandabah National Park
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after a quick stop for a drink
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we went for a walk to see the largest natural stand of bunya pines living in the world today.
Walking through these giants was interesting
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But the most exciting tree, was an old Strangler Fig
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it was pretty big!
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So old that the tree inside had died, leaving a hollow lattice - perfect for climbing!!
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The view down was pretty good
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and look up and down the inside was interesting
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Somewhere at the top is Mark
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Moving on, we came across a pool and waterfall
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teaming with huge tadpoles from the Great Barred Frog - a ground dwelling, burrowing frog that lives near creeks and streams.
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which Mark set about trying to catch!
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and succeeded
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Tadpoles may take up to three years to grow land-legs depending on food, nutrient availability and other environmental factors.
Sunlight is necessary for the survival and growth of all plants.
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But on the ground sunlight is scarce, so vines grow rapidly using their host tree as a climbing frame.
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This huge vine made a great climbing frame
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The bunya pine is considered a sacred tree by many Aboriginal people, with some viewing it as their mother spirit. Aboriginal people collected bunya nuts not only from the forest floor, but also by climbing the giant bunya pines. by cutting holes into the bark using stone axesScaling_th.._Bunya_Nuts.jpg
At the end of the walk was Pine Gorge Lookout
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looking back across the Darling Downs
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Heading home from our exploration,
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we passed a historical aeroplane
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RAAF Canberra Bomber
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which flew form 1953 to 1982
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based in Australia, Malaysia, New Guinea and were also used in bombing missions in the Vietnam conflict.
Out and about one day, we passed this biker - I thought I had a lot of luggage, but I've no idea how he picks it up off the side stand!
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Posted by charlystyles 12:22 Archived in Australia Tagged toowoomba bunya_mountains darling_downs Comments (0)

Back to Noosa - QLD

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Having met up with Mark again in Brisbane, it was great to travel north and introduce him to one family that felt like my second family whilst in Australia - Jana, David and Hannah, in Doonan, Noosa.
Bella was still tottering round
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Oh, and Sasha, my wheezing purring friend was there for cat cuddles
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Having spent three weeks here in July helping to regenerate the rainforest patch of paradise, it was so good to see the changes spring had brought.
The pond was flourishing with beautiful purple lilies
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The orange Lilies were in flower
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this Moreton Bay Fig tree looked great in the sunshine
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and all the other little details such as this orange fungus
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and interesting pattern of this palm trunk
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Jana's friendly butterfly
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even the birds were growing in number
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no doubt they'll be plenty more when the home built bird boxes were all up
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and my little Bangalow Palms were going strong
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and the resident Kangaroos came to say hello
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After downing tools to watch the Melbourne Cup - an the first ever female jockey winner, we headed in to Noosa to show Emma around (the current workawayer, from Colchester)
First stop was the ice cream shop:
Nitrogenie
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An ice cream shop that makes the worlds best ice cream the same way the great chefs make it in the restaurants - using liquid nitrogen.
It freezes almost too quickly for ice crystals to form resulting in creamy ice cream.
Using only real food ingredients, like actual creamy milk and actual eggs. And actual real food that we add to create actual incredible flavours. The flavours you see here taste exactly like the real thing because they are the real thing. It's like a magic wish from an ice cream genie.
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The town was full of dressed up locals enjoying the atmosphere of watching the Melbourne Cup, quite the opposite to this postcard that made me smile
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With an un-missable stop at Main Beach
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where the water was pretty warm
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Heading past the pelicans
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I couldn't go without a stop at my favourite place The Boat House
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for cocktails at sunset
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