Welcome to the Year of the Horse…

Xin Nian Kuai Le, 新年快乐 Standard Mandarin (the most widely used Chinese) Gong Hei Fard Choy, 恭喜发财 Cantonese (Mainly Hong Kong and Macau) Xing Ni Ju Yi, 新年如意 Teochew/ Hokkien (Mainly in South East Asia and Taiwan) Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the first day of the year ofContinue reading “Welcome to the Year of the Horse…”

Wallum Reserve Free Camping

WALLUM RESERVE LARGE flat bitumen and grassy areas with plenty of shade alongside the Childers to Bundaberg (Isis) Highway, about 28km SW of Bundaberg. Composting toilets. Rainwater tanks. Covered tables and benches. Wood-fired BBQs. Mobile ‘phone and television reception good. Suitable for large rigs. 20-hour limit. http://www.caravanningnews.com/wallum.htm Isis Highway Elliott QLD 4670 Driving Directions   28kmContinue reading “Wallum Reserve Free Camping”

Sharon Gorge Nature Park ..free camping

A 24hour maximum, free campground in the Sharon Gorge Nature Park, about 10km west from Bundaberg. http://bundaberg.qld.gov.au/environment/natural-resources/natural-areas/sharon-gorge Sharon Gorge Nature Park is around 20 minutes from Bundaberg, with access available from the Bundaberg-Gin Gin Road.  Sharon Gorge is a peaceful area with rainforest, ferns, palms and orchids.  It is an important habitat area for floraContinue reading “Sharon Gorge Nature Park ..free camping”

Torquay Beach at Hervey Bay

Such a beautiful beach at Hervey Bay. The beach goes from Urangan on the right to Point Vernon on the left. You can walk the entire beach along the sand and water and also on a bike and walking track on the shore. This is Torquay Beach in the morning. http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/qld1525 Scarness and Torquay areContinue reading “Torquay Beach at Hervey Bay”

Trees on Fraser Island…Bush walk to the Summit

// I did not walk all the way…but almost to the top…The Kingfisher Bay Resort is edged with a dingo proof fence for security.  The island was originally a timber industry with timber exported all around the world. It is now a conservation island protected and cared for.

Sunset… Kingfisher Bay Fraser Island 15 January 2014..and Moonrise

// I walked to the Jetty and to the end of the Pier where I stayed for the sunset. On the east I saw the moon rise behind the clouds..so there was a sunset on one side of the bay and the moonrise on the other. Video of the sunset… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iurIA_ckv-0

Bush Medicine used by Aborigines

// Snakevine (Tinospora smilacina).. Goat’s Foot Vine or Beach Morning Glory To heal sores and boils, it was customary for the Garby Elders to first apply bloodwood kino to the site. A bandage of boiled goat’s foot vine ( Ipomoea pes-caprae ) was then applied as a poultice. Sections of vine could also be rubbed,Continue reading “Bush Medicine used by Aborigines”

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