Barron Falls Queensland

I was expecting to see Barron Falls overloading water with many waterfalls. Alas!! I was not lucky, and got the usual trickle of water…beautiful but not as expected

Instead of paying the usual $159 from the Cruise ship, I went with my friend via Public Transport as this time Pacific Dawn was moored out in the sea at Yorkeys Knob, a place that is not easily accessed from anywhere. I walked about 10 minutes to the end of the street and waited for Bus 212 that comes every hour to Smithfield.  From there at 11 50 am there was a bus to Kuranda….we walked through the shopping Centre and across the main road and the bus was $3.40. From Kuranda we took a Ride Share Car that cost $12..

The Ride Share took us to the Parking area at Barron Falls and from there we meandered along some paths through some very beautiful Rain forest to the Main viewing area for the Falls……

https://www.skyrail.com.au/webcam/barronfalls

Cairns Rainforest Webcam – Barron Falls

The Cairns Tropical Rainforest webcam is located on the top of Tower 25, adjacent to Skyrail’s Barron Falls Station and points in a West-North-West direction overlooking the Barron Falls and Gorge. There is a 125-watt solar panel supplying the camera and modem. A daylight sensor is installed to shut down the camera and modem at night to conserve power. The video stream runs on demand wirelessly through the cellular network

We walked down to where the Railway stops to share the view of the Barron Falls…and then back to the top and where we started from.

The Barron Falls may be viewed and accessed by road via the Kennedy Highway that crosses the Barron River upstream of the falls, near Kuranda. The narrow-gauge Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail aerial tram also leads from the coastal plain to the tablelands. The train stops at Barron Falls overlook, where passengers may disembark for several minutes. The Skyrail stops at two rainforest mid-stations, Red Peak and Barron Falls. The trail at Barron Falls Skyrail station leads through the rainforest to three separate lookouts providing views of the Gorge and Falls        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barron_Falls 

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Airlies Beach Queensland

Cruise Ship Pacific Dawn arrives at Airlie’s Beach. I decide I should go on shore to see Airlie’s Beach. There was a shuttle bus that would take passengers to a market and I understood a small tour for $5 and along with other passengers I took the bus.

It was a very short drive from the Marina up the road to where a market was located. I got off the bus walked across the road, and walked back to the bus and returned to the Cruise Ship. There was really nothing to see, no view points, a driver who was not interested in his passengers, and as the large ferry was waiting I went back on that one…a choppy ride back to the ship. I am not quite sure why we came to Airlie Beach at all.

Hotels3-star averaging $133, 5-star averaging $218. View hotels
Weather29°C, Wind SE at 21 km/h, 59% Humidity
Location1,123 km (698 mi) from Brisbane; 151 km (94 mi) from Mackay; 25 km (16 mi) from Proserpine
Population1,208 (2016 census)

Agnes Waters and Town of 1770 Queensland

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Agnes Water is located 70 kilometres (43 mi) north of Bundaberg and 60 kilometres (37 mi) off the Bruce Highway.  It is accessed via the main road in called Round Hill Road. It is 90 minutes south of Gladstone, and 90 minutes north of Bundaberg on the Discovery Coast. Agnes Water is the closest access point to the southern Great Barrier Reef.[3] It is a neighbouring town of the Town of 1770.

 

I booked in at Agnes Waters Resort which had a track to the beach and was walking distance from the shops and town. The beach is small but very beautiful..

The main beach is 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) long, running from Round Hill in the north down to Agnes Water. The beach is relatively straight and faces east-north-east. Most of the beach is backed by a low dune and natural vegetation. At the southern Agnes Water end there is an extensive foreshore reserve, including a camping reserve. The beach usually receives waves averaging about one metre, which combine with the medium sand to build a moderately steep high tide beach, with a continuous bar exposed at low tide.

There is a Museum here and many tours as the town is mainly tourism and focuses on the town of 1770 where Captain Cook first landed when he came to Australia…in 1770. Touring took me to the Paper Bark Forest, to feed Kangaroos at the Kangaroo reserve and to 1770 for the Sunset from the Lookout Point. We also fed fish at the Marina there where you can take a day tour to the island.

Agnes Water is a growing town with many beautiful homes and facilities. The steep roads lead to some magnificent views over the town and the water, and there is also a ‘free’ Camping area which now costs $9.80 for camping over night. It has a track to the other side of the beach and is popular with backpackers and their vans.

Apple Tree Creek Queensland

Apple Tree Creek free Camping is next to the War Memorial and the Pony Club. There are toilets and playground here and it is a popular camping spot

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The Hotel is next to the Park on the Isis Highway, and the hotel also offers free camping to Patrons behind the Hotel. Travelers are welcome here. There is also a bird Sanctuary across the road.. We stayed over night here on our way up north.

Southport

Southport is a suburb and the central business district near the midpoint of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and has one of the city’s largest communities. At the 2011 Census, Southport had a population of 28,315.[1]     Originally known as Nerang Creek Heads, it was named Southport because it was the southernmost port of the colony of Queensland.  Southport is recognised as the central business district of the City of Gold Coast.      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southport,_Queensland

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A settlement was first surveyed in 1874 and the name Southport decided the following year.[2] Southport was once the site of timber mills.  A port was established to ship logs to Brisbane. The water way continues on to Brisbane, past South Stradbroke Island and between the Moreton Bay Islands. Today it is mainly the Tourist Cruise boats that use the water, and a few private cruisers.

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I took the Light Rail from Surfers Paradise to Broadwater, where Meriton Apartments is located right opposite the Light Rail. There is a collection of restaurants and hairdressers on this corner, assuming that locals like to eat and have their hair cut and colored, and a little Chemist where the heat literally forced me to buy an upmarket sunhat to match the surroundings. This is not the raggle tag of Surfers Paradise where backpackers stroll around in the most motley of undress. This area is more upmarket where the shoppers wear designer hats and sunglasses, and elegantly probe the Supermarket shelves which are missing the ‘Odd vegetables’ and the bargain table. Same Supermarket brand, Woolworths, but high quality stockings catering for a different buying public. Everything here is better quality and with a slightly lower price. I bought grapes here for $5.90. Grapes were $7.90 in Surfers Paradise Woolworths and also Coles.

The Apartments line the river and the Meriton gave me the 52nd floor, with amazing views over the Broadwater with changing skies and water, and last night the golden Moon hovering above. The main road is just below the Hotel, and at night cars race along here with screaming noises, and police sirens and motor bikes breaking the otherwise peaceful evening, forcing me to close the always open soundproof glass doors, which effectively block all outside commotion. The River is beautiful. You can see all the way to South Stradbroke Island and its surf beaches that the surfers paddle out to from The Spit

This is the place for the sunrise, and last evening the reflection of the sunset was beautiful. The sky was pink with mares tail clouds whispering above and the entire water turned pink in the sunset. This was north too…

Across the green parkland that is everywhere, is Australia Fair Shopping Centre .I walked there following two boys headed for McDonald’s. It is a huge shopping complex with every shop imaginable, two supermarkets, six major stores, Event Cinema,  Broadwater Food Court hosting 16 multicultural food outlets, as well as another 22 food outlets including takeaway and restaurants.

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There are 3 fitness centres here and all the usual shops, in a bewildering two stories with lifts and escalators and stairways all adding to the overall effect of confusion. The Centre itself is surrounded by more restaurants and eating places and apartments.

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War Memorial

On 25 April 1922 (ANZAC Day) Southport War Memorial located at the foot of Nerang Street was dedicated by the Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Albert, John Appel, in a presence of many Southport people.[13] In 2010, renovation of the parklands required the relocation of the memorial; it was re-dedicated on 11 November 2010…..and here it stands a lonely monument by the River.

From my Balcony I can see all the places across on the other side…. Marina Mirage,  Sea World, The Tavern, Peters  Fish market, and the  Southport Yacht Club

Rocky Point Russell Island

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A Bridge to Russell Island via Rocky Point is the shortest distance and most cost effective route,distanced from mainland, urban lifestyle would maintain desired island living.A Rocky Point bridge will provide superior vehicle access to largest island,and provide short barge route access to other islands. This is the Point where the bridge would go across to the Mainland…

Russell Island power comes from the mainland across the Western Boating Channel and connects to Russell Island at Rocky Point, and continues on to service North Stradbroke Island.

Energex has recently completed a new Sub Station on Russell Island which will assist in evening out power fluctuations and give an improved power supply, plus they are currently in the process of putting underground power lines in to again assist with a consistent and less interrupted power supply. Energex are planning for future increased power consumption involving residential expansion and supply to all the Southern Moreton bay islands.

Russell Island  water comes from the lakes on North Stradbroke Island and the Sir Leslie Harrison Dam on the mainland which is part of the Redlands water catchment area, and is some of the best in the country.

  http://russellislandrealestate.com.au/content/show/4703

The four Islands that make up the Southern Moreton Bay Islands are flood free, and  do not see those sort of floods that the rest of South East Queensland and Northern NSW experience. Naturally we get some overland water flow, but being small Islands, the water just runs off into the Bay with little effect on personal property.

These Islands are possibly one of the safest havens in South East Queensland, and remain undiscovered by a vast majority of Australians

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