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…

HMS Pandora

The HMS Pandora, part of the Royal Navy fleet, set off from London in 1790 on a voyage to bring the Bounty mutineers to justice. The mutineers were captured and locked in what is now known as “Pandora’s Box”. On the 28th August 1791 the Pandora struck the Great Barrier Reef as she was trying…

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…

Have a ‘Cultural Feast’ at the Townsville Cultural Festival

The annual Townsville Cultural Festival is a celebration of the differences that make up this community; a celebration of cultural diversity that is Australia. For five days every August Townsville is inundated with culture, which includes a large array of stalls at the ‘Global Village’ offering arts, crafts, fashions and giftware from around the world.…

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…

Bundaberg Heritage Museums

Bundaberg boasts a huge amount of heritage complimented by their historical societies, museums and factories. The Hinkler House and Hall of Aviation, Historical Museum and Fairymead House are all in the same complex as the Botanic Gardens, while the Bundaberg Barrel, Sugar Mill and Distillery are all in the same area. This makes a day…

RACQ 150 Must Do’s in Queensland

Check out these 150 things to see and do in Queensland! Agnes Waters/1770 Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island Race Weeks Airlie Beach Lagoon Annual Stockman’s Challenge, Campdraft and Rodeo Artesian Country Tour Australia Zoo Australia’s Country Way Scenic Drive Australian Camp Oven Festival Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and QANTAS Founders Museum Barramundi Fishing, Atherton…

Backpacking Queensland: Sail the Whitsundays

Planning a trip through Queensland?  Are you a backpacker on your first trip to Australia? Find out just how easy it is to explore our magnificent state and country! We continue our tour of the Queensland east coast, and make our way to the magnificent Whitsunday region encompassing the towns of Bowen, Proserpine, Cannonvale and…