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Trip 2005 : Qld, NSW, NZ




Mt Isa - Queensland
Mt Isa is basically an active mining town with a very long history.
The town itself is quite large.  An interesting historic site is the
underground hospital dug out with the help of the mining
company during World War II in case the Japanese managed to invade.


Crossing the NT / Qld border on the Barkley tablelands


Mt Isa just after sunset with the view of the town and mine


Part of the underground hospital at Mt Isa

Another picture of the underground hospital


Undara Volanic National Park - Queensland
From Mt Isa we travelled north to Normaton then onto the Savannah
Way to get to Undara Volanic National Park.  There are a number
of lave tube caves (caves which were once underground rivers
of molten lava).  Accommodation is in converted railway carriages.


The railway carriage accommodation


Inside the converted carriage bedroom


At the entrance to a large lava tube cave

Inside another lava tube cave


Cooktown - Queensland
To get to Cooktown you pass from the dry bush inland to the very
lush and English like countryside of the Atherton Tablelands.  The transition
is very quick - you go over a hill and the country changes
dramatically.  Cooktown is further up and the road to it was still
dirt.  The town is quiet but has a magnificent history.



Memorial to Captain Cook who landed here to repair the Endevour


View of Cooktown


Our cabin


The James Cook Museum

Inside the James Cook Museum


The point in the bay where the Endevour landed for repairs


Cairns - Queensland
We took the rough coast road from Cooktown to Cairns - coming
in via Daintree rainforest and Port Douglas.  In Cairns we stayed
with our friends  Graeme and Tracey.  A highlight was the trip
up the Skyrail over the rainforest to Kuranda.


With our friends in Cairns


On the Skyrail


Inside the Skyrail cabin


On the trip back down on the Scenic Rail line


Scenic Rail Line

Mirim Falls on the tablelands outside of Cairns


Yeppoon, Bundaberg - Queensland
I'd been to Yeppoon as a kid, and we took the opportunity to
catch up with some other friends outside of Rockhampton.  Then
onto Bundaberg. We stayed on the coast at Bargara in a small
brightly coloured boutique motel.



Our units at Yeppoon - right across from the beach


A scuplture on Yeppoon beach


A memorial sculture to the Endevour.  It has tuned
pipes that "sing" in the wind.

Our motel at Bargara outside of Bundaberg


Brisbane, Movieworld - Queensland
We stayed pretty much in the heart of Brisbane and had a
look around for a couple of days.  Caught up with my neice and
her boyfriend, did a river cruise, checked out the botantical
gerdens.  Then onto Movieworld.



Cheryl in Brisbane's Mall


Brisbane from South Bank


On the river tour


Movieworld - Batman


Movieworld - Marilyn Monroe


Movieworld - Policy Academy


Movieworld - Policy Academy


Movieworld - Black Mountain Ride

Movieworld - Black Mountain Ride


Gold Coast, Coolangatta - Queensland
Of course Cheryl and I met in Coolangatta.  Things have changed a bit -
the old Beach House was demolished and replaced with a new
block of time share units.  It was good to have a look though.



View along the beach to Surfers from Miami


Surfers Paradise


Coolangatta Beach

NSW - Qld border


Lismore - NSW
With Sarah living at Lismore, we called in and Trish was good enough to let
us stay for three nights.  We had a good look around the area.  Also the
Lismore Show was on.



Cheryl with Sarah at a Cafe in Lismore


Trish's house in Lismore where Sarah was living


Lismore Show


Byron Bay beach


Byron Bay Lighthouse


Trish, Sarah and Graham


Open air catherdral at Bangalow

Open air cathedral


North Coast - NSW
We travelled down the coast pretty quickly - stopping only at
Port Maquarie and Bateau Bay to catch up with some friends
and my Uncle Bob in Ettalong.



With our friends Terri and Geoff

With my Uncle Bob at Ettalong


Sydney - NSW
Caught up with my Mom, sister and nieces.  Some friends had a BBQ which was
a good chance to catch up with lots of people.


Cheryl, Jenni, Katrina, Mom and Me (plus Grace the dog)

A BBQ at Lother and Barbara's place



Christchurch - New Zealand
We left the car at Mom's place a flew over the NZ for a week and stayed with
Cheryl's brother and sister-in-law.  Gloria came over from Melbourne as well.


A family picnic in the park at Christchurch

Cheryl and Gloria


Christchurch's botantic gardens


A forest walk at Hamner Springs

Hamner Springs lookout

While in NZ we had a simple service to bury the ashes of Andy and Dawn -
Cheryl, Jackie and Bretts Mom and Dad.


Andy and Dawn's headstone

A lovely semi-bush setting




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