Sunset Burrum Heads

The following table shows the sunrise time, sunset time, and length of day in Burrum Heads, QLD for the entire year of 2021. The shortest and the longest days in Burrum Heads, Queensland are 2021-06-16 (10 hours 34 minutes) and 2021-12-19 (13 hours 43 minutes), respectively http://www.australiaab.com/sun/29212652

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Burrum Heads Queensland

Burrum Heads River

Burrum Heads is located about three and a half hours drive north of Brisbane and approximately half an hour from Hervey Bay and Maryborough, 50 kms from Maryborough. I lived in Burrum Heads 10 years ago, so decided to book into the Burrum Heads Caravan Park in Hillcrest Avenue and visit my old haunts. The Caravan Park has become huge. It now stretches from one end to the waterfront, and the last sites overlook the Parking area and the water. There are extra toilet facilities but basically it is just as I remembered it…the permanents on one side glowering at the temporary transit travellers in their caravans and camping vans. I was trying to park and the lady next door virtually told me to trot elsewhere as her friends were joining them. I was happy to do so and leave their barking dogs behind too. I parked my van and went for a walk to see the water to discover that little had really changed in the ten years I had been away.

The town was named after the Burrum River where, about 30 km upstream, coal was found and mined in the 1860s. Known as the Burrum and Howard coal fields, they continued to be mined until the 1990s. The origin of the name of the river possibly signified the river’s rocky bed in a local Aboriginal language.

European settlement at the river mouth began with Robert Travis, a selector of a homestead allotment in 1871. In 1888 a township was marked out and named Traveston (subsequently adjusted to Traviston). By the end of the nineteenth century residents of Howard and other inland areas visited Traviston for holidays, leading to a few beach cottages. Pugh’s Almanac (1924) recorded Traviston as a grazing settlement.  Renamed Burrum Heads in 1950, the holiday spot reflected a preference for an out-of-the-way, ramshackle lifestyle, and its Anti-Progress Association (1966) achieved the exact opposite of its aim: Burrum Heads became a national news story.

The sunrises and the sunsets are truly magnificent and you can see both from the foreshore which is still lined with the same buildings that were there ten years ago. I am sure there is a story behind that dilapidated house that has had some restraining woodblocks and palettes added to stop the verandah falling down. The caravan park on the foreshore also looked exactly as I remember it. Maybe the same campers are still coming and camping there in the town that time muzzled and held tight and the same pelican stood and watched time go by.

 In the 2016 census, Burrum Town had a population of 168 people and I doubt that there are many more added this year. Burrum Heads is essentially a small village visited by the same people who have been coming here for years. There are the same number of shops as there was 10 years ago. A supermarket, a butcher, a real estate agent, a fishing shop and one Take-Away serving mostly fish and chips in paper to caravanners queued up on the pavement. There used to be an Indian dress shop, but I cannot remember it still being there, and I do remember the skirt I bought from there, and the hairdresser was closed. I considered the vacant house next to the shops as I have been wanting to retire to Burrum Heads, but was told it is too close to the shops and attracts undesirables. I walked back to the van and read a book.

Its a great fishing place. Its a safe harbour for mooring your boat and there are more boats moored there than before, and a new boat ramp and a boat storage site suggests an attempt to increase boating and fishing in this area especially with all the new housing estates around Burrum Heads.

Woodgate Queensland Veterans Camp

Gregory River at Woodgate

Approximately 15 minutes’ drive from Woodgate, lives a pristine place called Camp Gregory Veterans Retreat. A place for all serving, ex-service personal, veterans, first responders from Fire and Rescue, Ambulance, State Police services and their families to camp, relax and get away from it all. The facilities are free for all of the above and include camp sites for caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers and plain old tents. Amenities include flushing toilets, hot showers and fresh drinking water. Situated on the Gregory River with access to fishing, crabbing and boating.

Camp Gregory is located about 35 kms from Childers. You take the Bundaberg road and turn off to Woodgate, and the Veterans Camp is well signposted and you follow the directions. There is a non tarred part that is sandy but I was able to drive to the camp comfortably in my campervan. There is a camp manager who will meet you and direct you to where you can park your vehicle, and show you the available facilities including the open kitchen, dining area, toilets and showers and the river.

Veterans are also able to stay in dongas or small cabins which are self contained, and this was popular with the motor bike group who appreciated the warm bed as against a tent. There is no shop, and you must bring your own food or catch fish or crabs or dinner. Veterans approach the Communal area around 4pm to share the fire, a beer and some comradeship. Many old stories are exchanged and shared during the evening socializing, and after dinner most retire to their own rooms and nights are quiet and peaceful after the glorious sunsets and Moonrise. There are volunteers who work on the property and are regular visitors, and veterans are welcomed into the community when they arrive to stay.

The location is very beautiful even in the dry season. The river winds through the property and there are areas next to the river where you ca settle down with a fishing rod or a book just to enjoy the location. For those wanting to walk and hike, there are walking tracks and secluded places by the river to enjoy. The area is rich in birdlife and the town of Woodgate is a short 15 minute drive away for supplies.

Brisbane River Travel

Brisbane Skyline from the River Cat

Brisbane River runs through the centre of Brisbane, with homes and Hi Rise buildings on either side of the river. Brisbane River, river in south-eastern Queensland, Australia. It rises in the Brisbane-Cooyar ranges and flows some 215 miles (345 km) south-easterly and north-easterly through a farming and dairying region, then through the city of Brisbane to Moreton Bay.  The Brisbane River is navigable for steamers below Brisbane (about 15 miles [25 km]) and for small craft below Ipswich (50 miles [80 km]).

As a tourist when I first visited Brisbane some 20 years ago, I discovered the Free Cat, a red small craft that cruised the River taking passengers on a linked route. You could sit on the top deck and view the scenery all day if you so choose, or you could get off at the various stops and enjoy the area and return to the boat as it came back on its cyclical journey. The free travel is identified by the red Notice in front of the vessel.

Brisbane City Council’s City Hopper is a free inner city ferry service for the Brisbane River. You can hop on and hop off the City Hopper at six stops between North Quay and Sydney Street, New Farm. The service runs every 30 minutes between 5.30am and midnight, seven days a week. The Kitty-Cats are new modern vessels, with wide panoramic windows which allow exceptional views of the river city and provide a pleasurable travelling experience for commuters and visitors.….and you cannot sit on the rooftop anymore.

Today there are quite a number of different cats on the water and you can pay using a Go-Card as you enter and as you leave. They are large, fancy and fast and they travel to every jetty on the River between UQ St Lucia and Northshore Hamilton.

Brisbane City Council operates a fleet of 22 City Cats, five Kittycats (including City Hoppers) and nine monohulled ferries, of which one is currently in service. A network of 23 terminals stretches from The University of Queensland at St Lucia (UQ St Lucia) to Northshore Hamilton.

Gorge Walk Stradbroke Island

Lookout Point Main Beach

Point Lookout is a headland, small coastal town and locality on the eastern coast of North Stradbroke IslandRedland CityQueensland, Australia. Point Lookout is Queensland’s most easterly point. The headland is an ideal location for land-based seawatching in Australia.  Humpback whales can also be seen from here as they migrate along the east coast of Australia.

Indigenous tribes have lived on the island for at least the last 40,000 years. They have a rich and lasting culture that still survives today. Captain James Cook passed by North Stradbroke Island in 1770 and named the island’s north eastern point “Point Lookout”. The Quandamooka people have lived on or around Southern Moreton Bay for tens of thousands of years. Archaeological evidence dates occupation of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) back to at least 21,000 years ago. Many tribes mingled on Minjerribah and local people identify the Noon…..

Those early, idyllic days came to an end once war broke out and in 1943, a Japanese submarine torpedoed the hospital ship Centaur off North Stradbroke Island where 368 lives were lost.  Point Lookout was the site of an American radar station during WW II with a radio direction finder constructed in 1942 at Point Lookout at what is now Tramican Street,by the American armed forces. Later the RAAF took over the operation, which was moved to Point Lookout headland. https://stradbrokeisland.com/about-stradbroke/island-history/

Peace resumed and in 1964, Straddie really took off for tourists as the first drive-on / drive-off barge from Cleveland to Dunwich commenced.

Currently the Gorge walk is closed to the public….I was able to walk part of the way to where access is blocked. Travel to Lookout Point by bus and return by bus too. Whales can be seen from the gorge as they pass on their way north, and then return in a few months time. There are plenty of places for lunch and a great ice cream shop too, as well as trendy clothing boutiques and a well stocked chemist.

Sunrise Home Beach Stradbroke Island

Sunrise Home Beach Stradbroke Island

The beach faces north-north-east toward Shag Rock, 1.5 km offshore. Sand waves change over time, so too does the nature of the shoreline, bars and surf. There is access to the beach at Adder Rock, at some access tracks along the beach, and at the east end, below the Point Lookout Hotel headland. Home Beach was named from the era when the only route to Point Lookout was from Amity via Flinders Beach. When the bus got to Adder Rock, the last beach was called Home Beach because it was almost home.

There are two camping areas here.. One at Adder Beach and the other at Home Beach. Both are from $50 unpowered and there are cabins from $100 a night. There are accommodation resorts along the coast ranging from $150 a night for studio…and more in top season. I think Manta Lodge is one of the best places to stay at. My single room was fully equipped and I had a fridge, electric jug and coffee and tea as well as beautiful toiletries and a very comfortable bed at $100 a night. Dorms are half that.

Stradbroke Island

Manta Lodge Stradbroke Island

I booked two days at Manta Lodge which is located on Home Beach next to Adder Rock . This was a YHA but now focuses on Dive Lessons and is a popular venue for backpackers and tourists wanting to get a diving certification. There are dorms and shared accommodation, a well serviced kitchen and plenty of relaxing areas….a lounge, games room, a book exchange and lots of friendly people wandering around if you want company. The best part is the beach and that is where I went the moment I arrived.

Next to Manta Lodge is a small general store and food bar and you can get real good hamburgers there cooked by the Indian shop owner and his family. They also stock bait for fishing and a selection of things that you may need. I ate my meals there for convenience. There are major works happening there right now as soon there will be petrol pumps and petrol. That will be wonderful as the only petrol available now is at Amity Point

I also went to Point Lookout and did the Gorge Walk. The bus comes hourly so make sure you do not miss the bus like I did, as then you have to wait another hour for the next one.

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Main Beach Stradbroke island

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Military And Memorabilia Museum Childers Queensland

The Military and Memorabilia Museum is “unquestionably one of the best displays of military memorabilia outside the Canberra war memorial” as was the ‘wrap’ placed on the collections at the Military and Memorabilia Museum by the judges when Childers won Queensland’s Best Heritage Town in 2010. The collection includes countless items associated with various emergency services including police, ambulance, fire brigade, SES and nurses. The museum also dedicates a large part to remembering our service men and women from Boer War to present day conflicts. It also showcases appliances from bygone eras making the collection tally up to 30,000 items from over 140 countries.

Run by the Baker Trust Family, the Museum is quietly located in a street that is now opposite the Memorial Centre….48B Churchill Street Childers Queensland. Inside you will find Alan Baker seated behind the desk. The museum is his collection of memorabilia collected from everyone and everywhere. He is a wealth of information. I asked if he had a photo of the Decorated soldiers carrying the deceased soldier, and he showed me multiple images and explained each one.

A Brief Summary of the MILITARY AND MEMORABILIA MUSEUM, Ashby Lane, Childers, Queensland. (Owned and run by the Baker Family Trust).

Contact:  (07) 4126 1545

What started as a hobby for Allan Baker grew into a Museum of over 26,000 items on display from 140 countries, and which the family is most proud of.  Visitors from overseas and Australia, who work in museums, say it is one of the best they have seen, and of course, other visitors have made such wonderful comments also. Allan is trying to get as many photos as possible of men and women who have served during both War and Peace.  The museum already has hundreds and is continually looking for more. Every photo is displayed with honour.

Some other displays of general interest include  items from the campsite at Adelaide River, Northern Territory; wireless and other items from the Coast Watchers main base at Thursday Island; handcuffs from the Japanese POW camp at Cowra; cameras and gear used in WW2 for aerial photography; equipment used by our Civil Defence. from the Great War (WW1), World WW2, Korea, Vietnam and Gulf Wars; a part of a telephone system from General MacArthur’s Headquarters, Brisbane.

Additionally equipment uniforms, hats, caps, helmets, photos and medals from Police, Ambulance and Fire services, SES and Railways.  Altogether over 900 headgear, 600 uniforms or part thereof, 200 medals, 400 badges, 3200 patches as well as  coins, fossils rocks, minerals, sea shells and items used in the home in both War and Peace, plus more intimate memorabilia such as letters from his father to his mother during World War 1.

All in all a fascinating and irreplaceable place where you could happily lose yourself for hours. Quite a few 6 Div Cav photos are beginning to appear in their own little space so any memorabilia that you may have and needing to find a home for it then Allan is the chappie to contact!  Unless of course it relates to 2/6 Cavalry Commando Regiment, 6 Div. Cav. or our daughter Regiment 2 Cav. Now in action on 5 fronts; in which case it would go to the Regiment’s museum in Robertson Barracks Palmerston N.T.

With Alan Baker Outside the Museum

Boolboonda Tunnel Queensland

Inside Boolboonda Tunnel

Boolboonda Tunnel is an abandoned heritage-listed railway tunnel at Tunnel Road, BoolboondaBundaberg RegionQueensland, Australia. The tunnel is 192 metres in length making it the longest unsupported man-made tunnel in Queensland. Its construction represented an important engineering feat for rail transport in Queensland. It was built from 1881 to 1884 by O’Rourke & McSharry. It is also known as Boolboonda Railway Tunnel and SEQ-6Q 1. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 24 September 1999

The Boolboonda Railway Tunnel opened 12 November 1883 following a construction period of two years. It was built by Queensland Government Railways as part of the Bundaberg to Mount Perry railway line, constructed to service the Mount Perry copper mines. It took two years to dig and was officially opened on 2 November 1883. The line was deviated in 1960 and tracks removed the following year. The section of the line between Tirroan and Mount Perry closed in 1960 and was removed in 1961.

Copper was discovered in the Mount Perry area in the second half of the nineteenth century. Mining activities led to agitation for a link between the mines of the Mount Perry region and a port. In 1872 proposals of a private railway line were considered, and both Maryborough and Bundaberg vied to secure the line. The Boolboonda Railway Tunnel was driven through the hard granite of the range. This was the first time in the colony where it had not been necessary to line a tunnel, due to the nature of the rock it was driven through. The hard granite rock also meant the tunnel did not require additional support, and it is the longest unsupported (railway) tunnel constructed in Queensland.

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