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Queensland - Brief History.

It was in 1821 when the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Thomas Brisbane, sent the Surveyor General, John Oxley, north into a vast area previously unknown to Europeans. His prime objective was to find a suitable place for a Penal Colony to house a growing number of incalcitrants. Redcliffe on Moreton Bay was selected primarily, but after several nasty encounters with the local tribes and a lack of fresh drinking water, it was decided to move to the Brisbane River site, where the water was available in abundance.This particular Colony had a reputation as being severe on it's treatment of convicts and remained that way until the 1850's. After the discovery of The Darling Downs, large numbers of free settlers moved north and on December 10th. 1859 the 'State of Queensland ' was declared. Independance gave rise to an ever growing pride, still discernable to the present day.

View to South Molle Island in The Whitsundays from Authors Verandah.

View across the Molle Channel from Shute Haven.

The State of Queensland.

With an area of 1,727,000sq.klms. the State of Queensland is so large that weather conditions vary significantly From the Channel Country in the far west of the state where it seldom rains, to the far north where the rain is torrential in the monsoon season.The enormous distances that separate communities in the outback gave birth to the now famous Flying Doctor Service.In remote stations it can be several hours driving to the nearest centre for provisions of any kind.Thank goodness that telecommunications are being upgraded in the outback, as this service has been unsatisfactory in the past,owing to a lack of funding from successive governments.The people in the bush deserve the support of the people in the city because they are doing a fine job in spite of the difficult circumstances.City dwellers could not imagine living 300 kms from their nearest neighbour.!! Queensland is a State with huge natural resources.Originally, the prime gold producing area of the State was Mt. Morgan,40 kms west of Rockhampton.But when resources of gold began depleting in this area,lo and behold, they found huge deposits of copper underneath the original gold platform.It was in 1863 when gold was first found in the Northern Cape area on the Palmer River.This 'rush' instigated the settlement at Cooktown on the Endeavour River.An estimated 17,000 Chinese miners worked on the Palmer River Field.At that time they were in direct competition with the European miners and this gave rise to considerable aggravation between the Parties.Following these outbreaks of violence the Queensland Government amended the Goldfields Act by introducing a Poll Tax to be paid by all Chinese who entered Queensland and prohibited them from working the fields until they had been in the state for 3 years.To further dampen their desires the Government also increased import duty on rice.


Queensland - South to North.


On our principal journey on this site we will be passing through the most popular Queensland Resort areas visited by tourists. We will traverse Queensland from South to North on The Bruce Highway. Starting on the Gold Coast and working our way North until we come to the tiny community at Cooktown where Captain Cook sailed his damaged ship The Endeavour to make repairs.
The southern most part of Queensland's Coastline which is the most populous, is where the relaxing golden beaches and numerous attractions of the Gold Coast lie waiting for the expectant visitor. From here we head North to take a look at Brisbane, Queensland's Capital. A stop off at The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a must for visitors as is a look at South Bank and The Queen Street Mall in The City Centre.
An hour and a half detour West will find us in the Garden City of Toowoomba which is the largest Regional Antique Centre in Australia. Before you leave, take a drive up to Picnic Point, where you will find beautifully maintained parklands, a cafe and restaurant on site and the views over the City and the Lockyer Valley are unforgettable.
Back on the main highway in just over an hour we enter the southern tip of the Sunshine Coast with it's Glass House Mountains,superb Hinterland, The Big Pineapple Plantation and numerous fabulous beaches.
Next port of call is Hervey Bay , the gateway to Fraser Island,the largest Sand Island in the world. This is the Whale Watching centre of Queensland . Moving northward we enter the Bundaberg Region where we take in the tiny town of 1770 and the Bundaberg resort of Bargara. After another 2 1/2 hour drive, we pass through Rockhampton, the centre for the cattle industry in Queensland, and almost 4 hours later we enter The Sugar Capital, Mackay.

Reef meets The Rainforest Photo. Tiny gif Heart Reef in The Whitsundays Photo Tiny gif Far North Queensland Photo.


120 klms further North we are nearing the Whitsundays , when we see the chimneys belching smoke from the Proserpine Sugar Mill. Twenty minutes later we are in the centre of Airlie Beach . Backpackers abound in this small town that provides a stepping stone to the magnificent islands of the Whitsunday Passage and The Great Barrier Reef.Boaties from around the globe relate their tales with alacrity, in the Yacht Club.
Reluctantly we leave them and make our way northward again. Another 2 and a half hour journey takes us to Townsville , another major city in the north, home of The Queensland Cowboys.Visit Magnetic Island and then onto Cairns ,the port that takes visitors to The Reef ,and is the main area for Big Game Fishing in the Tropical North. To the west of Cairns is Kuranda with it's Scenic Railway and the Cableway.
The Atherton Tablelands lie even farther west. An hours drive, following the most glorious costal highway north,to the beautiful town of Port Douglas . The place to unwind after an almost 2000 klm. trek from the Gold Coast in the south. The Low Isles , and The Rainforest Habitat are but 2 of the sites to see here. Within an hours drive north from here there is Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree National Park .
Our journey North is completed with a three hour drive on the inland road to Cooktown to take in the beautiful views from Grassy Hill Lookout and see the history of Cooks visit to those shores many years ago from The Museum in town.

Whitehaven

The Cuckoo Clock Shoppe Toowoomba

Townsville view to Castle Rock

View to Baron Gorge

The Queensland Guide.

Our Queensland Armchair Guide site enables the potential visitor to wander through the different holiday destinations and discover information relating to all aspects of planning a trip to this great State of Queensland. Every destination page has references to Restaurants, Attractions and points of interest that will help in your quest for an enjoyable vacation. All coastal destinations have cruise company links that will give you prior knowledge of the companies involved. There is a Queensland Map and a Road Distance Chart on our site for those who will be travelling to different destinations by road. The temperature charts will give you an all year round idea of the conditions to expect from various parts of the State.


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Pink glow off the water at Shutehaven
Sandhill Windorah

Queensland Outback

A sand dune close to Windorah shows the remoteness of the area and The Betoota Hotel right, being the last remaining building in the town with a population of zero.

Betoota Hotel

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