Anderson Gardens is the largest of Townsvilles botanic gardens, offering 25 hectares of fauna and flora to explore. Wander through the collection of garden displays or find a shady spot to sit back and relax.
Centrally located in Mundingburra, the Garden contain fine specimens of tropical trees, palms and Pandanus. The World Cycad Garden, Grand Avenues and Tropical Orchard are of particular note. A representative collection of Cape York Peninsula rainforest specimens is displayed along with native plants and flora of the dry tropical regions of the world. Anderson Gardens were named in appreciation of the work of William Anderson, City of Townsvilles first Curator of Parks from 1878 to 1934.
Anderson Gardens is a quiescent beauty amongst Townsvilles abundant natural attractions.
Townsville City Gubulla Munda
The Strand Park Townsville War Memorial
Dont use Townsville war memorials clock tower to check the time: its clock faces have long been replaced by four plaques depicting an eagle, crossed swords, anchor and the seal of the City.
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Spurwood Springs Log Cabin Venue
Spurwood Springs Log Cabin Venue is nestled in the Mena Creek Valley Nth Qld a 1 1/2 drive south of Cairns.
They offer a genuine farm setting with great photo opportunities such as stock yards, cattle in background, all the farm animals, hay bales, log cabin, hitching rail and campfire at evening. The bride can arrive in the horse and sulky and the wedding ceremony can be held in the round stock yards with a mob of cattle in the background or by the native trees on the creek line. A corrugated iron background with country mural is also available if raining. Venue hire includes all tablecloths, country table decorations, hay bales, all china, cutlery, glasses, wine glasses, eskies for beer etc. Our country home style menu is very popular.
Please contact them if you would like to visit us at the farm to gain an appreciation of the atmosphere that is created to make your country wedding most memorable. Contact for a no obligation wedding kit. Country hospitality, Theyre simply the best.
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4. Mount Surprise
Sitting on an ancient volcano, Mt Surprise is a tiny Gulf savannah town with a fascinating past.
· Kalkani Crater and the Lava Tubes tour
· Savannahlander and Copperfield Gorge tour
· Cattle station tour
· Bedrock Village
· Snake show and other wildlife
· Gem fossicking and local gems
Renowned for its topaz, savannah landscape, gorges and famous volcanic lava tubes, northern Queensland’s Mt Surprise has wonder around every corner.
Situated 315km southwest of Cairns, Mt Surprise is on the Savannah Way and is home to the Bedrock Village Caravan Park and Tours. We hadn’t been to this park since 2005 and, since then, owners Joe and Jo Lockyer have continued to develop their fourstar park and still conduct the tours for which they are famous. Bedrock Village is not far from the volcanic Undara Lava Tubes – part of the longest lava flow from a single volcanic crater on earth. Backing onto scenic springfed Elizabeth Creek, which is great for relaxing in the company of thousands of butterflies, the property is like an oasis in the dry eucalypt forest.
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LAVA TUBES TOUR
The Lockyers run a variety of naturebased tours in the surrounding area, including the nearby lava tubes. There are halfday and fullday tours available and Denyse and I took the fullday tour. We felt it gave us the complete lava tube experience, as we saw a number of tubes which you don’t see on shorter tours and we had more time to appreciate them.
The tours leave from the park office at 8am and the first stop is to walk up and around Kalkani crater. This is a dormant volcano with a perfectly round top and there are great views over the whole of the McBride volcanic province. It is a bit of a climb, but our group of oldies made it without a problem. We then had morning tea with homemade biscuits and banana bread, before walking through three lava tubes, each different in some way. Accessing the tubes involved climbing over rocks holding a rope, so you’ll need to leave extra gear on the bus and just hang a camera around your neck, leaving your hands free to climb.
A threecourse lunch was provided at the Undara Resort, before we continued through five other tubes, which were much easier walking.
Barker’s Tube is 600m long, but poor air quality limits access to the end. Several tubes contained water from the late wet season, and some had boardwalks. The Road Tube has wheelchair access and even a chairlift, meaning almost anyone can see something of this natural wonder. Several tubes had hundreds of small bats clinging to the ceiling, and we saw rocket frogs and moths living in the tubes as well.
Some tubes had vaulted ceilings caused by gas bubbles rising above the lava flow, and there were wonderful colours in others, caused by minerals in seepage water. The sheer size of the tubes, sometimes as high as 20m, is astonishing and you cannot begin to imagine the volume of lava that flowed out of the Undara volcano.
We returned to Bedrock at 6pm, feeling we had really seen the lava tubes.
Bedrock Village Caravan Park Mt Surprise
Back at the caravan park, the powered sites are large, drivethrough and almost all have shade from native trees. There are unpowered sites and airconditioned, selfcontained cabins as well. The park has good quality, but untreated, bore water, which all the locals drink, and we were pleased to be able to refill our tank using our Best filter, just to be sure.
The newlyrenovated amenities blocks are a delight to use – there is plenty of hot water and each shower has a separate change room, its own light and they are serviced regularly, ensuring they are fresh and clean. Disabled facilities are also available.
Beside the sparkling pool is a huge fireplace where Joe and others conduct a regular singalong in the evening.
MT SURPRISE, QUEENSLAND Savannahlander,
Don’t miss seeing Russell’s snake show at Planet Earth Adventures. We first saw him on our trip in 2005, when he met the Savannahlander, and put his blackheaded python, Clancy, around Denyse’s neck. It was too early in the tourist season for him to be meeting the train this year, so we looked him up and we were pleased to renew our acquaintance with Clancy, who is now 17 years old and 3m long. He is available for private viewings – just go to Russell’s house.
Mt Surprise is famous for its topaz and other gems and you can drive yourself out to the fossicking area at O’Brien Creek about 35km or take an organised tour with all equipment supplied. What a thrill it would be to find one of the rare green topaz.
When in the savannah country, allow plenty of free time in your travel schedule to explore all the special places that only the locals know, and bask in some genuine country hospitality.
The Outback route Georgetown is a kaleidoscope for the selfsufficient adventurer.
Leaving the coast and heading inland can be a surreal experience for travellers, especially in the Top End. Watching the landscape start to parch and go from lush shades of blues and greens to that enticing shade of earthy red is a real eyeopener. This is no more apparent than on the trip inland from Cairns in Queensland along the Savannah Way. It’s around Georgetown in the Gulf region where you really leave the greenery behind and start to get a taste of real, red dirt, outback country and it’s a landscape that will leave you breathless.
The Savannah Way is an adventurous alternative to the main linking highways from Cairns in far north Queensland, right through to Broome in Western Australia. It takes in a series of sealed and unsealed roads and tracks, showcasing some of the north’s finest attractions. It’s not just one road, though – there are a whole heap of alternative routes that can be explored simply by following the signs. We decided to tackle the section from Georgetown to Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park NP, Qld, and we found some great little campsites, and a heap of things to explore along the way.
Georgetown Australia Welcome Sign board
HEART OF THE GULF
Our next stop was the town of Normanton – some 300km west along the Gulf Developmental Road, or just down the road as the locals put it. Perched on the Norman River, this small town is in the heart of Gulf Country and is claimed to have had the biggest saltwater crocodile ever caught once residing in the river. At 8.64mlong, the monster croc was named Krys after Polish crocodile hunter Krystina Pawlowski, who shot the beast dead in 1957. A lifesize statue of the dinosaurlike reptile now stands in its place in the town centre, although it’s rumoured that another almost as big has been sighted in the river as recently as 2010.
Another attraction this little neck of the woods is famous for is the Gulflander antique railway. This stillfunctioning diesel locomotive with passenger carriages runs scenic tours and return trips on its original route from Normanton to Croydon on a regular basis. It was originally built to connect the river port of Normanton to the goldfields of Croydon in the gold rush era and was known as the trip from nowhere to nowhere, as it was segregated from the state rail network.
There are a couple of caravan parks in Normanton – the Gulfland Motel and Caravan Park and the Normanton Tourist Park. We opted to stay in the latter which had good facilities and was walking distance to the Purple Pub. The Purple Pub is exactly as it sounds – a big purple pub – and it puts on a top pub feed with motelstyle accommodation available as well.
From Normanton, we travelled south along the Burke Developmental Road and then west again along the Wills Developmental Road, but not before a quick stop at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse. Aptly named because of its location on the original route that the early explorers Burke and Wills took, the roadhouse offers a small number of powered campsites as well as an excellent feed and basic supplies to keep you topped up on your trip.
Georgetown Visitor Centre
The park was previously known as Lawn Hill Park and now goes by its Indigenous name Boodjamulla. The traditional owners of Boodjamulla – the Waanyi Aboriginal people waanyi.org.au – believe that Boodjamulla, the Rainbow Serpent, created the gorge and everything in it, as told in the Dreamtime story. Boodjamulla shows himself as the olive python Bububurna and large olive pythons are a common sight in the gorge. The story of Boodjamulla is presented on boards along the Rainbow Serpent Track.
There are plenty of walking tracks to explore, taking you to the best scenic vantage points overlooking the gorge. The tracks range from easy walks that the kids will love to challenging treks that will give you a complete workout. The national park also has its own RVfriendly camping area with basic amenities including toilets and cold showers.
Exploring the Savannah Way is one of the true Aussie outback adventure drives and this section involves exploring the heart of the Gulf region as well as one of Queensland’s most scenic national parks. It’s a great alternative to sticking to the highways and you’ll see some of the best of the north along the way.
Georgetown, QLD Torrlinger
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Amazing Australian BIG Things big crocodile in normanton
Normanton was established in 1868. In 1891 theGulflander Railmotor weekly train service from Croydon to Normanton was established. The town became the principal port for the goldrush town of Croydon, 150km to the eastsoutheast.
Normantons Indigenous Culture
The Normanton area of the Gulf of Carpentaria holds the traditional lands of the Gkuthaarn, Kukatj, Kurtijar and Kokoberrin peoples.
Things To See And Do in Normanton
Take a scenic wildlifespotting cruise or try your hand at fishing with a local Savannah Guide, visit the railway station, take a ride on the Gulflander.
Historic buildings include the Purple Pub, the Albion Hotel, the original Burns Philp building, the Bank of New South Wales which is now a listed National Trust building.
The Gulf Savannah extends from the Great Dividing Range in the east, to the Northern Territory border in the west covering around 186,000 sq kilometers. There are vast flat plains around the southern Gulf area stretching to the south. To the east and southwest of the region there are rising uplands. Savannah grasses, shrubs and trees along with a rich variety of wildlife provides a landscape which really is amazing!
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Sunset View at Park
The Gulf Savannah features a tropical climate wet season in the summer and dry season through the winter. The temperatures range from a daily average maximum of 33°c and minimum of 20°c, with an approximate rainfall of 900 mm per annum.
There are two bioregions in the Gulf:
The Northern Gulf Resource Management Group NRM and
The Southern Gulf Catchments NRM
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Trees
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Villas With Trees Jan 2018
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Slabs Grass Trees
The regions water courses provide a range of natural and economic functions, including habitat and nursery grounds for marine life, water supply for domestic, natural and agricultural purposes, sport, tourism and recreation as well as the overall role in the supporting the complex Gulf ecosystems.
This backdrop provides the perfect setting for an incredible diversity of birdlife including numerous migratory species and many avid ‘twitchers and birdwatchers travel to the region each year. Karumba, being located on the coastline offers the unique situation of bringing this Savannah Outback environment to the sea. The marine plains extend inland for up to 30km and as well as the prolific birdlife provide a home for the fascinating prehistoric saltwater crocodiles.
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Slabs Grass Trees
Gulf dolphins, dugongs, sharks and all manner of fish and marine life abound in the Gulf waters. There is also a stark contrast between the wet and dry seasons each year bringing migratory birds to the area.
Mutton Hole Wetland between Karumba and Normanton, covers 9000 hectares in the Gulf Plains bioregion. The Mutton Hole area contains Karumba plains wetland vegetation communities. These amazing wetlands are of local, state, national and international significance for breeding, feeding, moulting and drought refuge for a variety of waterbirds that include Whistling Ducks, Sarus Cranes, Brolgas and waders. The wetland is listed under the National Estate, to be the leading light of how local communities and government can work together to protect important nature values, cultural values as well as maintain an income for local businesses.
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Barramundi Centre Tripadvisor Testimonial Karumba Point QLD Australia
Karumba has a particular appeal in destinations along the Gulf of Carpentaria coastline as its the only place you can get to the coastline of the Gulf on bitumen road all the way from the east coast on the Savannah Way or through from Cloncurry/Mt Isa direction via the Matilda Way. This means we have cyclists yes thats bicycles and all types of transportation modes which can make the trip to watch a sunset, catch a fish, see how barramundi are bred for release in restocking, learn the history and heritage of the diverse Gulf region, take a river cruise and see crocs, enjoy mudcrab, prawns, fish and more from the Gulf or just kick back and enjoy the laid back relaxed atmosphere.
In the middle part of the year there is a major fundraising event started back in 1997 which is a cycling ride from Cairns to Karumba some 7 days…the Coast to Coast Bike Ride raises funds for kids in the bush.
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The Savannahlander and Gulflander train rides are a great experience and truly a part of the history of the region which you can enjoy as you head for Karumba.
There is a lot of information available across existing websites to help you travel safely, comfortably and also making sure you dont miss all the amazing places, people and experiences along the way. Below we have listed several links to help with your planning.
There is a 3 times weekly bus/coach service from Cairns to Karumba, stopping at all towns along the way plus they carry smaller freight items preferably 20kg or under however they will try and accommodate larger items where possible. Trans North is the service operator with agents in each town as well as the option to book online. They depart from Cairns on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and return the following day with the trip taking approx. 11 hours. Comfortable air conditioned coach and there are packages for those wanting to ride the Gulflander train and see some other Gulf sites these are available from a variety of agencies including Qld Travel Train.
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