Many Tribes, One People: Bwgcolman

As the title of this post suggests, Great Palm Island is a product of 50 years worth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people being forcibly removed from their country and segregated on Great Palm Island. From this atrocity the Bwgcolman people were born. When we talk about “Palm Island” we are talking about Great…

Markets in Eumundi: Queensland’s BEST

My very first experience of the Eumundi Markets was a long time ago when I was just a small child. It was a weekend and my dad was delivering hay to a supplier in Eumundi. I wanted to go with as I always did when dad went on a delivery, so I did. Let me…

150 Years of Townsville Settlement

“On 15 February 2016, Townsville officially marked 150 years since being declared a municipality and we want you to join the celebrations.” Throughout the year there will be many events and displays around the city to commemorate our anniversary; starting with an exhibition at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, and finishing with a display at the Perc Tucker Regional…

Couchsurfing in Townsville; by Stéphane and Isabelle

When we are not travelling, we spend time hosting couchsurfers in order to keep our link to this world and to continue to meet new and exciting people. On the 29th November Nick and I were fortunate enough to host the lovely Cliche-Ferguson family; a French Canadian couple and their two gorgeous girls. This post is…

A Walk Through Time in Townsville: The Townsville Port

This post is the first in a new series of posts highlighting the Townsville Heritage trails. Townsville has 3 separate trails which run through the heart of some of the cities most beautiful and significant heritage locations, from heritage listed buildings to sites of previous industry and business entities. The heritage trails are ideal for…

Happy New Years!

It’s time to let go of the bad times from the last year and embrace what the future holds; celebrate the end of a year and the start of a new one;  a time for us to move on from the lows we have all had this past year, and get excited for what the new year will…

Spice Up Your Life at India Fest

In October we were lucky enough to attend the inaugural India Fest in Townsville, which coincides with India’s Festival of Lights. We were not sure what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised by the variety and ambiance of the festival. I would say it is one of the best cultural festivals we have here in…

205 Years of Beer

When the clock strikes noon on Saturday the 19th of September, Munich’s Mayor Dieter Reiter will tap the first barrel of beer and officially begin Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is one of the world’s largest festivals with over 6 million people consuming 1.5 million gallons of beer, 200,000 pairs of pork sausages and 480,000 spit-roasted chickens over…

Townsville’s First Pub

If you planned to head to Townsville to visit our first ever pub, the Criterion Hotel, then you are one day too late. Yesterday was the Cri’s last day of trading before closing down today. Opening August 1865 by John Melton Black with the wary support of Capt Robert Towns (Townsvilles namesake), the 150 year…

Travel Australia by Coach?

  Travelling by coach allows you to see new landscapes without the stress of driving in a foreign place. You get to meet new people, and experience a place in a different way. Spending 20 hours on a bus is not that glamourous though, especially on a bus packed to the rafters with people, driving…