Travels– Towns and places of interest

Photos taken during our travels around Australia and our local area

Scroll down for photos of various places I have visited.

Note. Places north of Lakeland in Queensland are all included under CAPE YORK PHOTOS.

Fishing localities -Under- Fishing photos.

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Hervey Bay & local towns / Fraser Island.  my local area.

Hervey Bay claims to be whale watch capital of Australia, many thousands of visitors from all over to see the Hump Back whales in the calm waters of the Bay. Daily tours run from July to October. Nearby Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world and the many events held in Hervey Bay and nearby Maryborough are major tourist attractions to the region.

Hervey Bay Historical Village Museum.  Ongoing development on the 3 acre site is adding to the many magnificent displays already there making it well worth a visit, something of interest for all ages. Demonstrations are held at various times. Big thanks to the volunteers who’s work has made it all possible.

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Australia Day Hervey Bay 2015.

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From here down place names in Alphabetical order in each state

Queensland

Barcaldine Queensland

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Hughenden Queensland.

Kingfisher Camp. It was 2006 when we were there. things will have changed.

Lawn Hill (Boodjamulla) National Park. Photos from out 2006 visit.

Liechhardt River falls. Queensland. Situated approximately 77 kilometres south of Burketown in North Queensland. The falls are 200 metres down stream from the Savannah way crossing. We did see a crocodile here.

Longreach. One of Queenslands must visit places, has the Australian  Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Qantas Founders Museum and more.

Mareeba,  Above Cairns on the table lands. Lot to see about the area. Now well know for coffee plantations, Mango wine ect. A place you can spend a few days looking about.

There is a Queensland department of mines office for you prospectors wanting information.

Moonie, Queensland. situated at the junction of the Leichhardt and Moonie highways 94 kilometres north or Goondiwindi. Moonie is a rural out post with the Crossroads Hotel/ service station the main attraction, and a must stop and have a look tourist spot, besides good meals you will see some amazing stuff (see photos of a few below) Across the road is a visitor centre well worth a look, interesting history of the Moonie oil fields and more. –Campground, school, sports oval, few houses that’s it.

Palmer River Roadhouse, North Queensland

Situated on the Palmer River north of Mareeba it is a must stop particularly  for anyone interested in  the history of the old Palmer River goldfields, a small but interesting museum is situated within the roadhouse and give a good insight into the past, owners Andrew and Karen are happy to give out information on the area and advice on road conditions if your intending to head into Maytown, the old mining centre on the Palmer. Along with great food ( challenge try getting your mouth around there steak sandwich with the lot)  cold drinks, soft or a beer at the bar, they have maps available of the goldfields. With a camp ground, pool table and tv’s its a good spot to spend a night.

Western Australia.

Photos WA trip. 2012           Photos from along the way on  a gold prospecting trip.

Western Australian trip 2014.      Mrs T and I made this trip to prospect for gold, traveling through NSW, Victoria & SA  along the way. Photos here and in other categories.

Cue. WA. We have spent quite a bit time in the historical town of Cue, originally established in 1893 after an aboriginal prospector know as Governor had found a 10 ounce gold nugget a few years earlier about 9 miles west of the present day town of Cue, which became the centre of the Murchison Gold fields with a population of around 10,00. In 1892 a reef of gold was found a few kilometres south west and was to become the town of Day Dawn.  the Fingal Mine Company commenced operations here and it became the premier goldmine in Western Australia before closing in 1918. Many towns that sprang up during the gold rush times are now deserted.  Current population of Cue is around 350.

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Kimberley’s Western Australia. Various photos

Kookynie, Western Australia, Other than the historic grand hotel and a few houses little remains of this once booming mining town of the 1800s.

 

 

Menzies WA, one of the many old towns steeped in the history of the early gold rush.

 

 

Paynes Find.   Western Australia. The only remaining  operational Gold Battery in Western Australia  is here, approximately 450Kilometres north of Perth on the Great Northern Highway all that remains of this old mining centre is a roadhouse, a few buildings and the Paynes Find Gold Battery and Museum run by Elaine Taylor who also operates the gold battery.  Very interesting, stop for a look.

Peak Hill, Western Australia. Miners have came and gone, different centuries different technique’s.

Sandstone, Western Australia. A very clean tidy town, a far cry from its boom days of the 1800 and early 1900 hundreds when it was major Gold and Wool producing area. Gold still brings many visitors during the cooler months of the year, detectorists from all over Australia searching for a gold nugget or two. Many stay for long periods at the local caravan park enjoying the local laid back atmosphere, If your passing through with the kids a stop at the water park is a must.

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Victoria.

Lockington  Victoria. approximately 30 Kl south west of Echuca in northern Victoria. A small country town with a very well maintained free overnight stay area with toilets and showers. Petrol station, Bendigo Bank, Supermarket, Butcher, Hairdresser for all your needs and an historical Museum the Lockington District living Heritage Centre

Northern Territory.

Southern Lost City. Northern Territory. Located aprox 80 K north  west of Borroloola in the Limmen National Park,(on the road to Roper Bar) a short 3kl drive in of the road brings you to the camp ground and the information board, from here the walking track takes you amongst these striking sandstone formations, truly amazing.

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Spent some time on a station in the NT  on our way back from a fishing trip to the Gulf in 2003. was an interesting experience.

Nola and I helped out for a bit at the cattle yards during the muster.