Blogs from Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, Oceania - page 6


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton April 8th 2009

The Dreamtime Aboriginal Cultural Centre is just north of Rockhampton. As soon as we entered the centre, we saw some aboriginal artifacts. A hooked boomerang, a heating stone for heating resin, and a hammer tool. The guide showed us stencil art. It is made it by grinding ochre, mixing it with water and blowing it from their mouths around an item to be stenciled. They used 3 colours: Red, white and yellow. This type of painting was used because it lasts much longer than brush painting on the sandstone rock. One group of Aborigines that were explained at the centre were the Tores Strait Aborigines. They lived on the islands between Australia and Papau New Guinea (PNG). They traded with the mainland tribes of Australia and PNG. One of the things that they traded were shells. ... read more
Hooked Boomerang
Stencil Paintings
Didgerie Doo

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton April 8th 2009

Sunday 5th April - Heading towards Rockhampton - wonderful journey on backroads including gravel roads and saw some awesome wildlife - Lace Monitor Lizard (1m long), 2 Emus, Wallabies, Turtle, Bush Turkeys, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Black Kites, Green Frog (in men’s loo!). On the way we did a detour and went to see Boolbonda Tunnel which was an old railway tunnel chiselled out of the rock in 1833-34 (similar to the one in NZ even with the swallows flying round the entrance). Just as we got there heard a great roaring sound which turned out to be a group of bikers coming through the tunnel on their Harleys. We travelled across high plateau to a tiny place called Dululu - only a village on a crossroads - and pulled off for the night in the Rest Area ... read more
Boolbonda Railway Tunnel
Whilst we were lost!
Friendly Kookaburra

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton March 16th 2009

Monday we headed to Rockhampton. We took some time in the morning to check out the town of Hervey Bay before heading out, and afterwards we waited at the bus stop for the Greyhound. This trip was about 6 hours, and got us into town after dark. With autumn in full swing by March 1st, it was starting to get darker earlier and earlier. Luckily when we arrived in town, the hostel was kind enough to pick us all up. Keith had taken the same bus as we did to arrive in Rockhampton and since all the supermarkets had already closed up for the night, we (Mike from Ottawa as well) all headed out for some KFC. Nothing like bonding over dinner. The next day it was suggested that while in Rockhampton, we should check out ... read more
Bus - 2
Bus - 3
Crocodile Farm

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton March 6th 2009

Hola, We left Rainbow Beach early that morning.... and had a little scare before leaving... our little car wouldn't start and we knew we desperately needed petrol so we assumed that was why although we really were concerned as the engine wouldn't even turn over! Half way walking towards the petrol station to buy a can of petrol, hoping that would solve the problem, Greg realised it was maybe because he hadn't put his foot down on the clutch when starting the car!! Silly billy! That was the reason the car wouldn't start! My mums car is the same so I don't have to remember to do that .... but we were really relieved! It was quite a long drive up to Rockhampton (where we had been instructed to stay the night and break up the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton December 15th 2008

Hello you lucky people! Thanks to my lovely mummy I have a new gadget enabling me to put photos up here! Since there are so many, and this computer is rather slow, I have put my favourites from so far up here.... enjoy! xxx... read more
Australia Zoo
Croc displays

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton December 10th 2008

Hello to all, Im sorry I haven't been on here in a while, ive been busy drinking :) (and working...) My last two days in Karumba were amazing, we ended up at 2 more local house parties and had a fair few sea food barbies, we got drunk some more and went late night beach fishing where I caught 2 catfish (apparently nothing much to be proud of!) and 4 of the locals took us out in the barra boat until 2 in the morning on the river to do some croc spotting! A guy named 'nutsie' went all Steve Irwin on me (..they have a habit of doing that?!) and decided to do some salt water crocodile wrestling. I nearly had a heart attack :) So back on the Cattle Station we did some tough ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton October 15th 2008

This is a warning to anyone planning to do the same as us, staying in Rockhampton a couple of nights to break up the journey from Hervey Bay to Airlee beach - DONT. Luckily we only ended up staying 1 night, there is nothing to do here and it is a hillbilly town. The people are weird and its like stepping back in a time machine. Thats all there is to say about that!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton September 2nd 2008

We said goodbye to the Unsers late on Saturday night. We had had a wonderful time catching up with them, and we thank them for their hospitality, tour guidance, and friendship. They even tolerated Dean’s many stupid American questions, such as how Australia Rules Football and its sporting cousin Rugby Union and its sister Rugby League all work. Australians are passionate about their sports! On 8/31 we left the Unser homestead and headed north through Brisbane and on to Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. We finally saw many kangaroos and koalas. We fed the kangaroos and we were able to touch the koalas. The zoo has many crocodiles on exhibit as well. We did not pet or feed them! It is a very nice zoo, and we enjoyed our time there. We headed up the road a ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton July 22nd 2008

Town of the butcher's industry. In every main entrance road of this town, huge plastic bulls symbolize the town's connection to this industry. The hostel I had there was the most relaxed and easy-going one I had so far; thanks to the owner, and his unshockable female clerk. As not many backpackers stayed during this season, we had many very nice chats with beers in the evening. During my stay in Rocky I visited the botanical garden and the adjacent zoo there (many species!!!), visited the diocese's main church and booked a tour through a nearby former gold mine. There we were driven in a small bus through the little village, which had the charm of an ancient gold-rush town in the 1850s. We were also shown the negative side effects of gold washing: mercury all ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton July 16th 2008

16th July 2008 Torrential rain last night. They rarely see rain here so everyone is very happy! I made a cheese toastie on the campfire this morning it was soo good! Mmmm. Amy and Hannah joined me to milk the cows and then Amy and Hannah collected eggs from the chicken pen. Amy and Hannah are off to go horse riding this morning. I'll give it a miss - yes even with my newly accquired horse whispering techniques! After lunch Amy was allowed to bike round the farm. I decided to join in on another lesson to see if I could get any better. I did 2 laps of the track and then gave up - Trevor agreed it was for the best. I just can't get to grips with changing gear. After taking lots ... read more
Hannah Getting Her Leg Over!
Oranges on the Orange Trees at Myella
Amy feeding the chooks

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