Archive for September, 2010

Mackay, Broken River and Platypus

September 29, 2010

We spent the week end in the Eungella National Park, some 80km west of Mackay, 1000km north of Brisbane, above the Capricorn tropic. We flew from Brisbane to Mackay and from there rented a car.

There are many platypus in this region, one of the strangest animal I have ever seen. They can easily be observed in the Broken river

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Week end dans le parc national de Eungella, à 80 km à l’ouest de Mackay, 1000 km au nord de Brisbane, au dessus du tropic du Capricorn. Avons fait un saut en avion pour le week.

La région est connue entre autre pour l’abondance de platypus que l’on peut facilement observer à l’oeil nu dans la rivière Cassée (Broken river). C’est un des animaux les plus bizarres que j’aie jamais vu.

Broken River – on the watch / à l’aguet

patient and well equipped against the rain (we are in a rain forest) / patient et bien équipé contre la pluie (nous sommes dans une forêt tropicale)

here  it is/ en voilà un – photo WM

 

photo WM

photo WM

photo: unknown

Platypus live in fresh water in east and south east Australia

Le platypus vit dans l’eau douce. On le trouve dans l’est et le sud-est de l’Australie

C’est un animal unique, avec un bec de canard, une queue de castor, de la fourrure, des pattes palmées. Il pond des oeufs, nourrit ses enfants au lait mais n’a pas de tétines. Il a un dard sur la patte postérieure qui produit du poison.

photo: unknown

photo: unknown

photo WM

the rain forest, Eungella National Park / forêt tropicale, parc national de Eungella

Baba, for the first time of her life in a rainforest. She did not forget to carry her hand bag

artificial lake, Eungella dam. Beautifully spooky – photo WM

Ball Bay

Cape Hillsborough National Park, 20km North of Mackay

Cape Hillsborough

wallibis in the park

Mckay Airport – stranded following Virgin Blue nation wide massive computer breakdown. We were lucky enough to be delayed for only three hours. Some people elsewhere in the country had to wait two days before they were helped. It was so bad, Sir Branson in person apologised on the TV / naufragés à l’aéroport, suite à une panne générale d’ordinateur qui à bloqué le trafic Virgin sur l’ensemble du territoire australien. Nous avons eu la chance de n’avoir que 3 heures de retard. Ailleurs certains passagers ont du attendre 2 jours avant de pouvoir retourner chez eux. Ce fut si grave que Sir Branson en personne à offert ses excuses à la télévision

Moreton Island

September 19, 2010

Moreton Island is located 35 km East of from Brisbane. It takes one hour to get there by boat. The island all of sand. A large part of the island is National Park. There is also a resort, Tangalooma Island Resort, where we stayed. We spent 2 nights in the resort and toured the island with a 4 wheel drive. The resort is horrible, a kind of factory for massa tourism. We spent there a minimum of time. The rest of the island is beautiful and quite. We went right up to the northern part of the island (North Point) where we were lucky to see whales.

piece of wreck, Glass House Mountains in the background

                                                                                    Baba and Wanda, East Coast on the background

Students with their teacher at Cape Moreton State School ca. 1913

Back home. Wanda with her first ever self baked bread 

Brunswick-Byron-Lennox and also Tamborine

September 12, 2010

This week end we went to Byron Bay, one of our favorite places on the Pacific coast. We also explored the coast further South and discovered Lennox Head which appears to be a little paradise. On the way back we made a stop at Tamborine Mountains and visited our friends the parrots in the Polish cafe/restaurant on the top of the hill.

Wategos Beach (Byron Bay)

Wanda emerging from the sea. Mount Warning in the background

with Baba

Cape Byron, most Eastern part of Australia – Wanda and Baba

Cape Byron, light house in the background – Baba

Lennox Head

Lennox Head – having fun?

Seven Mile Beach (Lennox Head)

Bolder Beach (Broken Head)

Whian Whian State Forest – Minyon Falls lookout

four kookabaras

Brunswick Beach, Cape Byron in the background

Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Heads – drinking coffee…

View from Mount Tambourine, with Gold Coast in the background

Riverfire

September 5, 2010

The Brisbane Festival take place every year in September and traditionaly opens with the “Riverfire”, a spectacular fire work show on and around the Brisbane River. Thanks to colleague Scott and his wife Kelly we were able to watch the event from their residence which fronts the Brisbane River, very close to the Storey Bridge. Kelly and Scott were themselves not there, travelling to New Zeeland, but they left us in the good hands of Kelly’s wonderful family who welcomed us as if we were their own family.   

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Le Festival de Brisbane a lieu chaque année en septembre et débute traditionellement avec un spectaculaire feu d’artifice (Riverfire) le long du fleuve Brisbane ainsi que sur les ponts qui la traversent. Nous avons eu le privilège de pouvoir assister au spectacle depuis la residence de mon collègue Scott et de sa femme Kelly, qui fronte la rivière, à deux pas du pont Storey.  Kelly et Scott étaient eux même absents, en voyage en Nouvelle Zélande, mais ils nous ont laissés en compagnie de la famille de Kelly (parents, frère et soeurs) qui avait squatté les lieux pour l’occasion et qui s’est avérée être particulèrement sympathique et hospitalière.