Toowoomba Flower Show…Queens Park


Picturesque Queens Park is just a short walk from Toowoomba’s Central Business District. Much loved by locals, the park’s diverse facilities make it a great meeting place or a pleasant stop on your journey.

The north-eastern section boasts an immaculately tended floral garden. While it’s meticulously tended all year round, displays are particularly impressive during spring, especially in September.

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Toowoomba Flower Show… Laurel Bank Park

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Laurel Bank Park is a beautiful parkland close to Toowoomba’s city centre, featuring spectacular manicured gardens, a scented garden, a playground, picnic area and croquet greens.

As well as containing a collection of exotic trees, the park is home to the Scented Gardens. This unique ‘garden within a garden’ was created from ideas presented by the Downs Association of the Blind, and occupies approximately half a hectare of the park’s four and a half hectares. Fragrant blooms, herbs and shrubs grow in raised beds. Playground equipment and a gazebo complete the park.

Prior to 1932 the park was owned by Mr Samuel George Stephens. In 1932 Mr Stephens donated the land to the people of Toowoomba, making the Toowoomba City Council official custodian.

The gardens were designed by Mr Stephens himself before he handed them over. Mr Stephens was known to many as ‘the man of flowers’,

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My Island in the Sun

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Waiting for the Ferry at Russell Island

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A beautiful Morning of calm and serenity. The vehicle ferry arrives..

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I walk to the passenger arrival and departure area and wait for the ferry to take me to Macleay Island.

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Surfers Paradise Gold Coast,_Queensland

Highrise edge the Surf Beach

Looking South

Surfers Paradise is a suburb within the local government area of Gold Coast City in Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 census, Surfers Paradise had a population of 18,501. Colloquially known as ‘Surfers’, the suburb has many high-rise apartment buildings and a wide surf beach

Huge Residential Highrise

Surfers Highrise

The feature of the heart of the suburb is Cavill Mall, which runs through the shopping and entertainment precinct. Cavill Avenue, named after Jim Cavill, an early hotel owner, is one of the busiest shopping strips in Queensland, and the centre of activity for night life

Main Road and Light Rail

View across Surfers Paradise going north

Main shopping Centre Surfers Paradise

Cavill Street Shopping Centre with Clock Tower Hotel on the corner

Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast‘s entertainment and tourism centre and the suburbs high-rise buildings are the best known feature of the city’s skyline.

Enjoying the sun and surf

Enjoying the sun and surf

Surfers Paradise is fronted to the east by the Surfers Paradise Foreshore, a rejuvenated public space that fronts Surfers Paradise Beach and the Pacific Ocean. The Foreshore was completed in 2011 and feature contemporary coastal streetscaping that incorporates existing trees and vegetation, including about 95 pandanus trees.

Golden sands of Surfers

Golden sands and HighRise Accommodation of Surfers

Beach is isolated in the morning

Morning Walk Surfers Paradise

The High Rise Buildings edge the surf beach for fabulous water views

Low tide and High Rise Buildings

My waterview from the Mantra where I stayed

My waterview from the Mantra where I stayed

Outback Drive…Birdsville Track to Jundah via Windorah


It started from a property called Clifton Hills, the largest cattle property in Australia, where a drilling team worked for 3 months to drill a new bore. The first bore had a problem when they reached either a cave or soft sand when the bore could not be stabilized, and an error of judgement dropped the drill and they had to pull it all up again and move to another site a mile away. The drilling time was thus doubled and the team stayed there in the Stony Desert for another month.

Then when the job was finally done and boiling bore water gushed forth, the whole operation was packed onto 6 Road Trains, and along with 2 4WD’s,¬† transported to the next job at Jundah. I asked if I could ride in a Road train and I did..

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Road Trains in a convey travel along the outback roads

Clifton Hills Station is 132 kms south of Birdsville on the Birdsville Track. Flat tyres slowed the journey. and we arrived at Birdsville in the evening where the convoy camped in the area near the Birdsville Racecourse for the night.


Tracks made by the Road trains

Tracks made by the Road trains

After overnighting at Birdsville, and drinking the end of the job at Birdsville Hotel, next day we drove as far as Jundah, 480 kms, along the Birdsville Developmental Road and camped overnight there on the Sporting Reserve where I booked into the Hotel to enjoy a night. The next day the convoy drove to the next job where they set up, and then a 4WD took us back to Brisbane and home with another stop at Mitchell.

Here are some of the photos from the Road…and a video of the photos…

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Sunset over the Sea Russell Island

Sunset over the Sea

Sunset over the Sea


Every night a different sunset over the sea where I live on Russell island..

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Leaving Russell Island on the 6.30am ferry

Sunrise over the Sea

Every morning a different sunrise with different clouds and sky and reflections.

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Reflections of the sunrise over the water at Russell island


Sunrise reflects in the waves

Leaving Russell Island by ferry

Sunrise reflections

Sunrise reflections

Sunrise reflections




Sunrise reflections

Water wash behind the ferry

Water wash behind the ferry

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Sunrise Over the Sea

View from the Jetty at Russell Island…

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