It's easy to reach Woodgate from Childers as the road is on the outskirts of town. The distance is about 38kms.Woodgate is the place to come to enjoy 14kms of clean sandy beach with hardly another person in sight. There isn't a lot there, although these days, I think this destination HAS BEEN DISCOVERED, as quite a few of the old Shacks had been...more
I am not sure if you find this anywhere else in the World. In olden days in Australia, the underneath of the verandah was lined with pressed metal. This is usually prettily patterned, as you can see by the one in my photo.Now-days, pressed metal is back in fashion and is made from light-weight aluminium.Take a look at the verandah signs too! I like...more
The Palace was originally the Palace Hotel. The building was destroyed in the bad fire of 1902, It was rebuilt and reopened for business in 1903, and operated as the best hotel in Childers for 85 years. Back then, the cane cutters frequented the Hotel, accommodation was available, and there was a grand Ballroom.In the 1990s, it opened as a...more
The Childers Historical village is newly established, so I imagine, over time, more exhibits will be added. Even so, there are some interesting sights, like the Sugar Cane Locomotive imported from England in 1916, a cottage from Isis Central Mill which was once rented out to mill workers for only 2 shillings a week, and the old Isis Central Mill...more
The Sacred Heart Church in Childers was quite an eye-catcher! The style of the Church was very different, in-fact, it looked quite inviting, so I crossed the street to see if the doors were open. Once again, as most times in Australia, the Church doors were closed, so if you wan't to see the inside, then I suggest going one day when a service is...more
It's amazing what you learn when walking the streets of Childers!One of the larger pavement mosaics was about the "Wild Scotsman," Queensland's only Bushranger. His real name was James Alpin McPherson (1842-1895), born in Inverness-shire, Scotland, the eldest of eight children.He came to Australia with his family in 1855. His law-breaking began...more
I looked up, I looked down when walking Churchill Street!Why you may ask?At my feet, was one of many mosaics created in 2005. This Pavement Gallery, consists of a total of 53 mosaic panels,5 mosaic nodes (Volcanic, Aboriginal, Childers Development, Regional Industries & Cultural Diversity themes) and 6 sculpture elements (Lava Man, Boobook Owl, New...more
Churchill street is where most of the historic, heritage listed buildings are located. Walking along this street, I found most of the buildings quite decorative and along the same style, this is because of the 1902 fire and the rebuilding of all the buildings along the south side of Churchill Street, the side the Old Pharmacy is located.The new...more
A step inside the Old Pharmacy is a step back in time, for in this shop, there is nothing modern!The Old Pharmacy was an operating business between 1894 & 1982. It was devasted by fire in 1902 and was quickly rebuilt and in service again! The original pharmacist was Thomas Gaydon, a man of several trades. His skills were Dentistry, Optometry,...more
Millenium Park is a wonderful new addition to the town of Childers. Set in the centre of Childers, this park honours the work done by the Kanakas who came from the Polynesian Islands to work in the Sugar Cane fields for very little pay! At Millenium Park, I walked through a series of structures with written text and etchings telling the story of...more
Just a few step away from the Courthouse, is the Heritage Gift shop and Homestyle Café.Both looked inviting, especially the Café whose verandah was full of people sitting and enjoy coffees and cake - Next time for me!The Gift shop was once the Childers Post Office, built in 1887. Now its full of gifts!more
The Childers Courthouse is very different to what you find in most Australian Cities and Towns. Usually, they are a grand building, one of the features of the town, but here in Childers, the Courthouse is a small, modest building that is still in use today.Childers Courthouse was built in 1897, in the style of many built throughout Queensland at...more
Childers is predominantly a sugar cane growing area and supplies a lot of cane to the mills around Bundaberg.
Being located on the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and Queensland's far north, you will more than likely pass through here if you are travelling by road.
The sugar cane industry is what has sustained the town of Childers over the years.
Travelling around this area you will see hundreds of acres of sugar cane being grown in quite a red soil, a rich soil good for cane growing.
Come when it's being harvested and you will find this area very, very busy! Big harversters will be working in the fields, and Cane Trains will be taking the Sugar cane to the Isis Mill.
The Isis mill is located in Isis Shire to the northwest of Childers.
If you see smoke, that is likely to be a Sugar cane field being burnt after the harvest. This gets rid of all the vermin. Not many do this anymore, instead bale it to be used as garden mulch.
As a Bird lover, when I saw advertised the Flying High Bird Sanctuary has the largest walk through Aviary in Australia, I decided I wanted to go and have a look.
It is located 5kms from Childers, easy to find by following the brown Tourist signs.
We found plenty of on-site parking, there was only one other lot of people there! No-where did I find the price of this Sanctuary, if I had, I would not have gone!
We walked past caged Parrots, and arrived at the shop, which is where at last we saw the entrance fee, $25 Adult. I wasn't exactly happy about the price to see Birds!! The man was at the counter, so we paid and went in.
We followed the pathway and did see brightly coloured Birds, not a real lot though! The Aviary had trees and and a lot of bare ground which didn't make it look nice at all. There are meant to be 3000 Birds to see, I think it lucky if we saw 50. We took it slow like told, were quiet, but just couldn't find the Birds.
For me, the entrance fee is too expensive. I have been to others a lot better for a cheaper price.
We had done the circuit in less than an hour, weren't impressed and were feeling sorry for the families who had to pay a fortune to see the Birds.
On the other hand, for those from overseas that want to see some of Australia's prettiest Parrots, and do not have the chance to go elsewhere, well, you most probably will like it here!
Open 8 - 4 pm 7 days a week.
Closed on Christmas Day.
LOCATION - Corner of Bruce Highway& Old Creek Road, Apple Tree Creek