Blogs from Emerald, Queensland, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Emerald November 20th 2014

Finally left at about 1100 not in any hurry as first planned stop for the night was Mataranka. Picked up supplies in Katherine and stayed the night at the caravan park just near Bitter Springs where we were greeted by a very friendly young joey, you could sense he expected some type of food from us – this as always was not to be the case. If people do feed these critters they start relying on it and it becomes difficult for them to fend for themselves or they can get a bit too pushy when they don’t get their way. After setting up we went for a short stroll and took a dip in the Thermal Pools. Cooked up a couple of nice fat rib eye on the bone steaks for dinner – Yummo! Chatted ... read more
43 degrees that's hot damn hot real hot

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Emerald July 30th 2014

I wanted to have a walk through the Emerald Botanic Gardens so I set my phone alarm to go off at 7am. I got up and left Barry sleeping, tired after all the driving. It was lovely strolling quietly along the pathways past palm groves and bamboo stands next to the Nogoa River. There were lots of Rainbow Lorikeets and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos just stirring at the entrance but not many in the Garden itself. I was surprised at how many picnic tables and bins there were, as well as an exercise circuit (with several people running along it or exercising their dogs there), and two rotundas. Best of all were the beautiful Bougainvilleas along the fence on one side. They were totally covered in flowers and had a wide range of colours, not just the ... read more
The Spirit of the Outback
The Enormous Easel
Emerald Heritage Railway Station

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Emerald September 2nd 2013

Pied pipers arrive in Emerald City. I can't sleep.... I am in my tent (very comfortable) Wayne is snoring away. It's 2:40am We are camped in a free camp spot next to the botanical gardens in Emerald but also directly beneath the rail bridge entering The town. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Emerald August 30th 2013

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Emerald July 26th 2013

Travelled back East into Emerald 50kms then south 130kms to Rolleston. Dave travelled 600kms to Toowoomba for a few days on family business while I stayed in the caravan park and caught up on some much needed cleaning after 41 nights bush camping. My how the dust gets in. Grit in grooves I never new existed. Adored the long hot showers, running water and flicking power on with no thought as to where it's coming from, even though the amenities were basic and could do with an upgrade. I love bush camping but coming back to a caravan park is pure luxury. This lifestyle really makes you appreciate the little things. Rolleston is really a stop over spot for truckies and grey nomads. There is nothing much there, a pub, PO, agriculture store and Petrol Station ... read more
Fresh Grass
1884 Old Station Slab Building

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Emerald June 14th 2013

Over four stops we travelled 1200 kms north into QLD. Straight up Thunderbolts Way to Goondiwindi then continued north on the Leichhart Hwy until we turned west at the Tropic of Capricorn. With each day the weather was milder. Finally we were able to unclench our tight frozen muscles and relax in the sunshine of 24 degrees.... read more
Wandoan a Mining Town
Wandoan Camp Spot
A Walk Around the Lake

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Emerald October 15th 2012

After listening to some very talented up and coming Country and Western singers at the Mareeba Rodeo showgrounds we ventured south to a town called Ravenshoe, pronounced Ravens “oh” and not Raven “shoe” we were fortunate to arrive just in time for their local annual carnival and street parade complete with about 15 floats! Very quaint and entertaining. There were even fireworks to round off the day but unfortunately Pete and I were in the pub watching the Kiwis losing against the Kangaroos and missed all the fun and action. Today we set off south once more to travel along the inland route to Charters Towers which amounted to several hundreds of kilometres of red dirt and gum trees and not too much else. The guy at the information office in Ravenshoe tried to persuade us ... read more
Charters Towers

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Emerald July 8th 2012

As we were already inland, it was a foregone conclusion that we would continue driving to Emerald to explore the Central Highlands and the Gemfields.Emerald, Sapphire and Rubyvale are all sapphire mining towns and that’s what the area is famous for. Emerald itself is a curious place: the first thing you see when you drive into town is a zillion backpackers camping under a railway bridge. It’s actually a 20-hour free camping area provided by the council. We realised why it’s free when we woke up in the middle of the night: the bridge is used around the clock by freight trains and heavy trucks drive past on the adjacent highway. Nevertheless, it was a cool little place with running water and a BBQ. The next morning we went for a wander around town. Despite being ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Emerald January 4th 2012

Wednesday 4th Jan Checked out the lookout over Fairbairn Dam - fantastic view - then onto Emerald - visited the largest painting in the world on an easel with the Emeralds giant Van Gogh Sunflower painting. Visited the lovely original 1900 Emerald railway Station which is still in use - just beautiful. Sunflowers were a staple crop in Emerald until the land was needed for the fast growing population for the mining industry. There are still Sunflower crops in the outer areas of Emerald where the land is dryer as Sunflowers need very little water to survive. Emerald was very badly effected by the Jan 2011 floods and we saw the water mark up to the top of the counter in the Coles shopping centre. It is hard for us to imagine how high these floods ... read more
The largest painting in the world on an easel IMG 7951
Emerald's giant Van Gogh  Sunflower Painting  IMG 7953
Emerald's Station built in 1900 and still being used today IMG 7955

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Emerald January 3rd 2012

Tuesday 3rd Jan 2012 On the way to Emerald we called into the little town of Coppabella to have morning tea and took the photo of the boab trees along the edge of the road as well as the artwork on the lamposts - these artworks are all along the main road. Booked into Lake Maraboon and what an entrance to a caravan park - we drove over the wall of Fairbairn Dam to get to the park - as it was not busy we were given the choice of where to park so picked a spot which faced the lake - just beautiful - though the temperature has got a little hot (38 degrees) and the sun comes right into the front of the van so have had to put up an extra roof to ... read more
Artwork on Street Poles in Coppabella IMG 7883
Rainbow Lorikeets IMG 7886
Hand feeding the Rainbow Lorikeets IMG 7892

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