Home - Banora PointJune 14, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C
There's no place like home 🏠 happy days ☺️
There's no place like home 🏠 happy days ☺️
Up early and ready - home bound. We have had a wonderful time seeing and doing so much. Home to start planning our next adventure !
Our last day was spent experiencing the ultimate Aussie adventure visiting Australian Zoo, near Beerwah, Sunshine Coast. The zoo occupies a total of 280 hectares. It was opened in 1970 by Bob and Lyn Irwin, parents to the Aussie icon Steve Irwin. It was then developed by Steve and his wife Terrie , with funds from their wildlife films and merchandise. Today visitors will see a wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles as well as viewing the ever popular crocodiles. The spectacular expansive gardens provide a sanctuary for Australian and World wildlife. Also incorporated in the organisation is the Wildlife Warriors program which rescues and cares for injured wildlife outside the zoo. The visitor can experience conversation through exciting education displays. The zoo is directly involved in wildlife conservation for endangered species world wide.Read more
Hervey Bay is home to some of the world's best whale watching encounters in a region recently accredited as a Whale Heritage Site. It is also the stepping off point to World Heritage listed Fraser Island, has some safe swimming beaches along the 16km Esplanade, sheltered and calm, protected by Fraser Island. There is an air of a laid back lifestyle with beautiful parklands, playgrounds, jettys, picnic areas, barbecues, cafes and a bicycle track running alongside the waterfront. It is an area certainly geared to meet the traveller as well as locals, offering a wide variety of dining and accommodation options.Read more
The Bush Inn was Rockhampton's first hotel, built in 1858 on the site now occupied by the Criterion Hotel. This occured soon after the declaration of the settlement Rockhampton. In 1862 the Bush Inn was enlarged and renamed the Criterion. The interior of the building is preserved in the style in which it was originally built. It also hosts it's own house ghost, believed to be a chambermaid who, it is claimed, committed suicide in room 22 following a broken heart. Guests have indeed reported a " presence " when staying it that particular room.Read more
From frontier town to a bustling river port and gold rush city, Rockhampton's colonial past and fortunes are preserved in sandstone and wrought iron. In September 1858 gold was discovered approximately 50ks north of Rockhampton. The town grew rapidly in its early years with increasing prosperity built mainly around the pastoral, cattle and gold mining industries. Thankfully we have these beautiful buildings as a legacy of Rockhampton's early years of prosperity.Read more
Rockhampton, affectionately known as Rocky or Rockvagus ! is one of the oldest cities in Queensland and is nestled on the Tropic of Capricorn. Situated 600ks north of Brisbane, on the mighty Fitzroy River with a population of 80,000. The name Rockhampton was derived from a combination of two sources-" Rock" from the rock barrier which then blocked river navigation and Hampton, "a small village". It is bursting with history, a vibrant Riverbank Precinct, arts and entertainment scene. Differing dining options, streets lined with green lush trees and gardens, all under the picturesque backdrop of Mount Archer. The city has heritage listed Botanical Gardens, is the birth place of tennis great, Rod Laver, is Australia's beef capital and in 1986 is where Angela spent a year working at the Rockhampton Public Hospital-now totally rebuilt with basically nothing left from Angela's time there.Read more
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is one of the oldest and most established public gardens in Queensland and has been heritage listed. It was built from 1873 to 1930s, the kiosk was erected in 1911 and was added to the Queensland Heritage Register 1999. Today, the gardens retain their historical significance with a number of iconic plantings, including the 150 year-old canopy of Banyan figs and an avenue of Bunya pines. The gardens are a popular recreational feature for the people of the district as well to be enjoyed by tourists. It even has the "Leaning Tree of Rocky "with a tiny Angela attempting to hold it up !!Read more
So many amazing Queenslanders to choose from -here is a sample.
Having some fun with Rocky' beef industry icons. Bull statues are scattered around the city gardens so it's a bit of hide and seek as you drive around the city. Breeds represented include The Brahman, The Romagnola, The Bradford, The Droughtmaster, and Angela's favourite breed, Santa Gertrudis, finally a statue called Under the Hammer, a bull statue made from hammering metal to shape the beast. Little Mawson enjoyed meeting all the bully boys !Read more