Built in 1913, the Band Stand, now referred to as the Rotunda, was used to host open air concerts. You can find it on the Strand in Anzac Park between the fountain (the one with illuminated colour changes) and the Garden of Remembrance. It is across the road from one of my favourite Townville Buildings, The Queens Hotel. Once a functioning hotel, it is no longer open to the public.
Currently the Rotunda is getting a new paint job. Watch this space for the new look.
If you have visited or even heard of Kuranda on the Atherton Tablelands, in North Queensland, chances are you know about the famous Kuranda Markets. The markets were started by some locals in 1978 to try and attract tourists to the area, and have been uber successful. Following the success of the original markets that showcased the arts and crafts of the vibrant hippie community, the heritage markets were opened. Then the whole street got in on the act. The village atmosphere ranges from relaxed to frantic, as tourists on various timetables, weave their way through buskers, portrait artists, cafe tables, clothes, boomerangs and opals for sale.
On previous visits to Kuranda we have visited the markets and shopped up a storm, but on our recent visit we discovered a delightfully different approach to the village.
Leaving the train station via the …
Radical Bay on Magnetic Island used to be home to a low key resort – I remember visiting it in the 1970′s. There has been talk of the bay being developed but none of the plans have passed Council and so the privately owned access road has fallen into disrepair. An ARTICLE in today’s newspaper explains (Check out the comments at the bottom of the article for a chuckle).
Here is a MAP that shows the road to Radical as a broken line on the top right.
The Road to Radical Bay from the front of our 4WD.
It is true that the condition of the road to Radical Bay is practically impassable. Practically, but not totally. If you do arrive there however you can be fairly sure that your footprints will be the only ones on the sand.
Do you think the road …
CAIRNS some 1750 km north of Brisbane is the go to city for visitors to the tropical north of Queensland. If you travel by road from the south, the climatic transition will be a gradual one, but with the relatively cheap airfares available today, flying is a much simpler and time effective way to arrive. Just imagine stepping from the cool interior of your aircraft, to have a wave of heat and humidity wash over you. Gotta love/hate that.
I really should have been photographing Caravonica Skyrail Station which was quite impressive, but instead I was fascinated by this huge spiders in the car park garden.
Last week-end we drove the 350 km north from Townsville to spend the balance of a $500 Go Do prize, due to expire in October when we will be in Turkey. We deliberated over (scary)zip lining, …
Townsville is currently hosting the Townsville 400 V8 Supercar race. Streets are closed, engines roar, and all things Rev Head reign supreme.
On Thursday evening we were joined by Jake on our daily walk along the Strand, only to find Strand Park taken over by a car show. I had broken my New Year’s Resolution never to leave the house or car without my camera, but Jake who was on a short visit to Townsville, handed over his smart phone, and here are the results.
One for the Ladies.
For the Boys – Oooh Shiny
It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a spy GoPro on a Drone!
Dune Buggy Time
Blue Cattle Dog and Vintage FJ Holden – Two Australian Icons
We had one just like this when I was a …
New Zealand Superboat Profloors wiped the floor with the rest of the competitors over the course of the two day event in Townsville on the week-end. A friend and I watched the race on Saturday from the C Bar on The Strand waterfront – the boats and the attendant helicopters providing a high octane accompaniment to the Tyrells Dry White, Mussels in Chilli Tomato Sauce and Crispy Duck Salad. I did manage to squeeze off a few shots in amongst the chatter.
Magnetic Island Shimmering in the Bay
As if the weather gods knew that it was Superboat Saturday, they turned on Superb Conditions.
Spectator boats moored – anticipating the action.
I held my breath at manoeuvres the helicopters performed following the race.
There is the spray, but where is the boat?
Possibly the Winner…
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Two of my favourite activities in Townsville are Boating and Cloud Watching, and on Saturday I got to do both on a family fishing trip.
B.H., Matt and I launched the boat while the sun was just a golden glow on the horizon, and motored slowly out of Ross Creek, through the breakwater and port area.
Outside the breakwater we turned right, away from the shipping channel and into Cleveland Bay. The bay has extensive sea grass beds that attract fish, turtles and the endangered dugong. Anchoring inside the “L” shape formed by Cape Cleveland we set up a burley trail to attract fish, which resulted in me loosing the big one, and B.H. catching the smaller one. (Just checking to see if he is reading).
Bored with the lack of bites, we decided to up-anchor and head into the open ocean outside …
The sun is still low in the sky, but fishermen are already setting up on the Strand Jetty, Townsville.
Apart from the fishermen on the Strand Jetty, morning is the domain of Mums pushing strollers and leading dogs along Townsville’s 2.2km beach promenade, The Strand. The odd traveller, pokes their head out of a campervan to cook brekkie on a free BBQ’s. Lunch time sees office workers catching a little exercise or lunch by the sea. After the working day finishes, a mish mash of joggers, walkers, cyclists and kids on skateboards hit the pavement, while out at sea the OUTRIGGERS strut their stuff.
The most well known and loved walk on Magnetic Island, the Forts Walk, is an easy 4 km return on a gravel track through the Aussie Bush. Access is from the parking area and bus stop on the Arcadia to Horseshoe Bay road, just before it descends into Horseshoe Bay. At this junction, a pot-holed bitumen road leads to Arthur, Florence and Radical Bays, but there is no vehicle access to the Forts.
In May, flowering Wattle Trees bring their brilliant colour and unique but delicate aroma to the track.
World War II enthusiasts will appreciate the rough concrete box like structures that are dotted along the way, a sober reminder that Townsville, only 8 km away, was actually bombed on 3 separate occasions in July 1942. Luckily these attacks only resulted in one injury and a near miss on the railway …
Beach time in Sunny North Queensland and the sun is shining nowhere to be found.
Grabbing budget dog, umbrella and camera, I seized the opportunity for a different kind of walk.
In Townsville it hardly ever rains, so it is exciting when it does. BTT is littered with tropical posts featuring BLUE SKIES but there is still beauty to be found on a cloudy day.
Looks like Night, but it is 8 a.m.
No Sun + No Wind = Good Reflections
Sodden fallen leaves.
And happy foreshore vegetation.
A cloudy day captured, to treasure during the long hot dry months.