If asked to name a single tree that’s helped shape the character of Brisbane, it would be the magnificent poinciana Delonix regia. In years gone by it was traditionally planted as a street tree and now enhances a lot of the city’s older suburbs.
The poinciana is native to Madagascar, and in Brisbane the bright orange flowers herald the coming of summer. They also signal the start of the storm season. http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1755977.htm
Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of the world it is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the name Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant. It is also one of several trees known as Flame tree
In the Indian state of Kerala, Royal Poinciana is called Kaalvarippoo which means the flower of Calvary. There is a popular belief among Saint Thomas Christians of Kerala that when Jesus was crucified, there was a small Royal Poinciana tree nearby his Cross. It is believed that the blood of Jesus Christ was shed over the flowers of the tree and this is how the flowers of Royal Poinciana got a sharp red color http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delonix_regia
The Royal Poinciana is most commonly propagated by seeds. Seeds are collected, soaked in warm water for at least 24 hours, and planted in warm, moist soil in a semi-shaded, sheltered position. In lieu of soaking, the seeds can also be ‘nicked’ or ‘pinched’ (with a small scissors or nail clipper) and planted immediately. These two methods allow moisture to penetrate the tough outer casing, stimulating germination. The seedlings grow rapidly and can reach 30 cm in a few weeks under ideal conditions.
Less common, but just as effective, is propagation by semi-hardwood cuttings. Branches consisting of the current or last season’s growth can be cut into 30 cm sections and planted in a moist potting mixture.
The City of Redcliffe has a population of approximately 50,000 people and is located 35 minutes north of Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane
Redcliffe is a residential suburb of the Moreton Bay Region in the north-east of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 28 kilometres (17 mi) north-north-east of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. It serves as the Central Business District for the Redcliffe Peninsula and its surrounding suburbs.
Redcliffe is part of the statistical division of Brisbane.
We only drove past Redclffe, which is a very prosperous and thriving city located right on the coast.
Since the 1880s, Redcliffe has been a popular seaside resort location due to its proximity to Brisbane.
This is another place I will be visiting soon…Looks beautiful,
The beautiful seaside village of Scarborough is a vibrant, lively precinct where something is always happening.
At the northern end of the Redcliffe Peninsula, the Scarborough Boat Harbour is always a hive of activity. Many tour operators launch from here, as well as the vehicular ferries that service Moreton Island. Nearby Newport Marina is also home to a number of cruise, scuba charter and fishing experience tour operators
Scarborough is a residential suburb of the Moreton Bay Region at the northernmost of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) north-northeast of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. Officially established on 27 March 1971, the suburb used to act as a gateway to Moreton Island via the Combie Trader barge, but this service was recently sold
We only drove past but Scarborough is very beautiful and I intend to visit again as soon as possible
Russell Island is the largest in a group of islands in the southern waters of Moreton Bay between North Stadbroke Island in the east and Redland Bay in the west. The Gold Coast Shire is a kilometre to the south of the island. The main body of Russell Island is seven kilometres long and ranges from approximately 1.25 to 3.25 kilometres in width, making it approximately 16 square kilometres in area.
The southern tip of Russell Island is 33 kilometres in a straight line from Surfers Paradise, and it is approximately one hour by road and waterbus. This is Sandy Bay
The northern tip of the island is 40 kilometres in a straight line from the centre of Brisbane’s CBD, and approximately one hour travel. For those with a boat there is fast access to the mainland, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, other islands in Moreton Bay and to the open ocean.
Sandy Bay is not really sandy..it is more muddy as this is mud flat area where soldier crabs chase each other over the mud at dawn and sunset. The shore is white sand delighted by midges at dawn and sunset. Make sure you are covered with insect repellant if you visit and plan to camp here
The Lions Park provides covered picnic areas with barbecues and a sink to clean any fish you may catch.
There is a toilet and an outside shower to wash away the sand, and you can now camp on the grounds
The sunrise would be spectacular here..as it would be across the water.