Making a U TURN at the traffic lights
A driving tip which may keep you from closeup contact with the Police - a much ignored traffic rule.
It is against the law to make a U Turn at traffic lights at an intersection unless there is a sign at the lights permitting U turns. "U-TURN PERMITTED".
Some (not often) lights may feature an extra green with an arrow in the inverted "U" to signal when to make the turn. see 2nd photograph.
check the government refresher note on U Turns
It is also against the law to make a U-turn across a single (or double) continuous white line down the centre of the road.
photo 1: "U turn permitted" when light is green and there is no head-on traffic
photo 2: Traffic lights that actually have provision for U Turns : oncoming traffic should have a red light
photo 3: A rarely seen sign explaining THE LAWRelated to:
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THE RABBIT PROOF FENCE
This is meant to be the case, unfortunately, rabbits have found their way from other states into Queensland.
Rabbits were first brought to Australia with the First Fleet, being released in the state of Victoria in 1859. The Rabbit took to Australia like a "Duck to water", breeding and spreading rapidly all over Australia.
The first Rabbits in Queensland were spotted in the 1880s. These destructive animals weren't wanted, so the Queensland Government called for tenders for the construction of a rabbit-proof border fence. It took until 1886 to be passed, by that time, the Rabbit invasion had well and truly begun. Barrier fences were erected from 1886 to 1929, the Government border fence covering 1,171kms. Altogether Government border fences covered 9,836 kms and private fences 36,396 kms. At present, 555 kms of rabbit fence is all that remains.
So, when your driving along a road and see the sign, "Rabbit Proof Fence," you will be seeing a part of early Australian history.
Queensland has some Rabbits, not many though!
It is illegal to keep a pet Rabbit in Queensland, that is, unless your a Magician, or perhaps the Rabbit is in a circus. Previously, you could own a pet rabbit as long as you had a permit for it.Related to:
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Driving by car in Queensland is a great way to see some sights a little off the beaten track.
All you have to do, is watch out for the BROWN TOURIST SIGNS.
These give you directions, and the Route number, and make it very easy to find all the Tourist Attractions as you go along.Related to:
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VISIT GOVERNMENT HOUSE - BRISBANE
Government House, "Fernberg," is the official residence of the Governor of Queensland, the representative of Queen Elizabeth II in Queensland. This is where the State Premier of Queensland comes if he or she wishes to request from the Governor a dissolution of Parliament and the calling of a general election. Following the outcome of such elections, the Governor appoints the Premier and Ministry, and the swearing-in of members takes place at Government House.
The Govenor is patron of more than 200 not-for-profit organisations and hosts thousands of visitors to Government House annually. These events are usually Open Days, school visits, ceremonial occasions and hospitality events that recognise and value individuals and organisations who serve the Queensland community.
Twice a year, on AUSTRALIA DAY-JANUARY 26TH and QUEENSLAND DAY - JUNE 6th, GOVERNMENT HOUSE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND ENTRY IS FREE
ENTRY IS FROM 10am
We came early on Queensland Day. Free parking at a nearby park was available and a free shuttle bus left from here to Government House every 15mins. You could walk up the steep hill if you wished. At the entrance gate, we were given a booklet of what events were on during the day.
Entrance to the house is by ticket, this stops the house from becoming over-crowded and people not seeing much at all. The beginning of the day is the best time to come to avoid the crowds. We picked up our tickets and entered the house straight away. Only the rooms where dignitaries and other guests came were open to the public, fair enough as most of the house is the private living area of the Govenor.
The rooms were furnished beautifully, there was a wonderful stained glass window above the stair case and excellent paintings of Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II and others.
My only disappointment was, NO PHOTOS ALLOWED INSIDE THE HOUSE
We wandered around the large garden which is mainly lawn, shrubs, trees, Bromeliads and Roses.
Bands were entertaining during the day, there were a few olden day cars on display, food stalls and charity stalls.
It was a great chance to see beautiful Fernberg!
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CLYDESDALE & HEAVY HORSE FIELD DAYS
The Clydesdale horse is known as the "gentle giant" of horses, known worldwide for its beauty and strength. The breed dates from the early 1800s when Scottish farmers selectively bred horses from Flemish stallions for their stamina and working ability. The breed is the Clydesdale.
Clydesdales in Australia date back to early European settlement. In the 1850s, the breed was used for ploughing, sowing, cropping, hauling loads of timber and wool, and clearing the densely forested land. Because of their strength Clydesdales were an integral part in the construction of dams and irrigation channels in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Before the introduction of steam engines, teams of up to 30 Clydesdales were often used to move very heavy loads of earth over long distances.
Do you remember the familiar "Clip Clop" of the Clydesdale coming to your house to drop off the milk or perhaps it was the Greengrocer, I do! Memories at one of these shows come flooding back. People were very friendly, I guess we all had the same interest, and the show took us back into a time when we or our parents owned one of these horses.
How nice to see these horses on show and not forgotten, because the Clydesdale played a very important part in the settlement of Australia.
I love these horses, so when there is a Heavy horse show near Brisbane, my husband and I head to the show. Shows are held all around Queensland, with big events in the SE corner of Queensland being held at the towns of Laidley, Gatton and Warwick.
This time we went to a smaller show held yearly at the Boonah showgrounds. Even though small, it was an interesting half day. There was a ploughing demonstration, then spectators could go and try it for themselves, even children.
Another horse was working the corn husking machine, quite a hard job in the olden days.
Lucky they are so quiet as we watched the farrier putting new shoes on one of the Clydesdales - quiet as a mouse she stood.
Around the showground went several Horse & buggies to be judged, golly they looked beautiful with manes tied in ribbons and their tails as well.
Entry was free to the Boonah Clydesdale & Heavy Horse day, but other shows there usually is an admission charge.Related to:
Yabby races are a fun way of raising money for different charities in Australia. You will mostly find these races at Hotels and Festivals, or on a Charity day being held some where, more likely in the countrythan in the city.
What happens, is a Yabby- in this case it was a Blue Claw Yabby/Crayfish, is held up so the crowd can see it, then betting takes place on that particular Yabby. The highest bidder gets that yabby for the race. If his Yabby wins, he takes half the winnings of all the racing Yabbies and the other half of the winnings goes to the Charity.
The event I was watching had 12 Yabbies in each race. When the starting gate opening, the temporary owners had to squirt them with water to make them move. The first one to the end was the winner!
Lots of fun, plenty of cheering and plenty of money raised. I think the highest amount I heard paid for one Yabby was $70, not bad!
If your not sure what a Blue Claw yabby looks like, then check out the linkRelated to:
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THE QUEENSLANDER HOUSE
The Queenslander, is a type of architecture a house is built, mainly in Queensland and in the northern parts of New South Wales.
It is unique to Queensland.
The beginning of this style of home was in the 1840s and is still being constructed today. This style of house is built for the weather conditions of Queensland. It's made from timber and often is a high-set building on stumps, this cools the upper level of the house, and hopefully prevents termite and other pests from entering. Some people fill this area in for storage or extra living space and on a ground level home, fill in the verandah area for extra living space. The large verandahs are ideal to protect and cool the house from the sun and the Summer tropical storms and odd cyclone.
As I found out from my visit to a Maryborough Museum, there are dozens of different styles of Queenslander homes. Maryborough and Ipswich [near Brisbane] are two of the best places to see many of them.
When painted and with a nice garden, these are magnificent homes!~
For some reason the link won't work, so please type in
queenslander home photos
into the search engine to see all the beautiful and different styles.Related to:
Some BIG things
We are a BIG COUNTRY...and Queensland is A BIG STATE (With an area of 1,727,000 square kilometres, Queensland is the second largest state in Australia)
Well I saw this 'BIG MOWER' on The Steve Irwin Way near Beerwah and thought maybe someone is interested in seeing Queenslands BIG attractions so one I know straight away is THE BIG PINEAPPLE "just a little bit open in 2013" and in Woombye, actually the Sunshine Coast region so now I am on the hunt to find more BIG things for you...in Queensland....and I saw a BIG ATM there and this time I have a photo. (Automatic teller Machine)
Now I have just visited The BIG APPLE in Stanthorpe (the coldest place in Queensland, Australia) and it is right next door to a great place for food, gifts, gourmet deli and of course apples.
Now there is a BIG PEANUT in Tolga, on the Atherton Tablelands North Queensland and again in the north THE BIG BARRAMUNDI in Daintree
And a real fun one I saw ages ago but do not have a photo (pre VT days) is THE BIG GUMBOOT near Tully one of the wettest areas in Queensland ...so you know why they have a big gumboot.
A bit further south in Bowen...on the Queensland coast is THE BIG MANGO
The last one of the Big Prawn is from Ballina in New South Wales....what a beauty!
So there are a few examples to wet your appetite
So watch this space
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CALLING ALL GARDEN LOVERS!
Love beautiful gardens, rare shrubs and flowers, native gardens, topiary and a lot more to do with gardens and gardening, then you must keep the "TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS" in mind.
The city of Toowoomba is beautiful at any time of the year, it is after all known as "THE GARDEN CITY." During the Festival, the city is alive, and there are so many gardens to see, you need more than a day!
EVERY YEAR IN SEPTEMBER, the Carnival is held over 10 days.
A large amount of gardens are open to the public, the Parks are in full bloom, Food & Wine Festival, Grand Central Floral Parade, and many other events are held over the 10days.
A lot are for FREE!
Make sure you book well ahead if you wish to stay here for the festival.
Usually Tour buses run from Brisbane to the Festival.
For a lot more information and many photo's of this beautiful festival, please click on TOOWOOMBA to have a peek at what you can expect to see and do!Related to:
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ENJOY A BARRAMUNDI!
Barramundi is known to many as the premier Australian fish, a title I would agree with.
The Barramundi is found in most places along the coast of Queensland. The fish is found in both salt and fresh water, and at many Fish farms in North Queensland.
It is fun to catch as it puts on a good fight, you know you have hooked one if you strike the jackpot of a 60kg fish on the line.
Barramundi is an excellent table fish that just melts in my mouth. I will eat it cooked any way, grilled and battered is my favorite.
It is not a cheap fish, neither at the fish & chip or at a Restaurant.
If you see Barramundi cheap, it most probably WILL NOT BE AUSTRALIAN BARRAMUNDI, but a horrible tasting one shipped in from Asia.Related to:
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HOME OF THE YOWIE!
Nepal has the "Yeti," America "Big Foot," Queensland has the "Yowie!"
Take a scenic drive to Kilcoy, a small farming town in South East Queensland, to see the statue of the Beast.
It's reputed to be half-man half-beast, and has supposedly seen by at least 3000 people between 1975- 1979
The last sighting was inDecember 1979, when two Brisbane school boys claimed the monster stood just 20 metres from them while they were on a pig shooting, expedition 4 km north of the town. They described the beast as being about 3 metres tall with a 'Kangaroo appearance' and covered in chocolate coloured hair. They said it took giant 'thumping' strides which could be heard for hundreds of metres.
People come from around the world to go on a Yowie hunt, or perhaps you may just like to view the Birchwood statue of how the Artist thinks a Yowie looks like!
You will find him in Yowie Park beside the D'Aguilar Highway in Kilcoy.
Kilcoy is 94 km north west of Brisbane.Related to:
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Did you know Australia's LARGEST SNAKE lives in Queensland.
No need to worry about encountering this snake as it is harmless. It is found in North Queensland from Cape York and to the south. I have seen one when doing the Boat trip on Lake Barrine, the guide pointed one out sunning itself on a log.
Can you imagine a Snake that can grow up to 8 metres long, and enjoy eating a Possum, Wallaby, Birds, Bandicoots, etc.
Like other pythons, it is a non-venomous snake and kills its prey by suffocating. You will find them in the trees or on the ground, at night they become active after enjoying a snooze during the daytime.Related to:
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Pineapples, if you have never seen them growing, then Queensland is the place to come. Pineapples grow well in warmer areas of Australia and in Queensland, growing from the Glasshouse Mountains to Mareeba in Northern Queensland.
The parent plant has dense, spiky leaves and grows 60 to 120cm high. It is grown from the crowns or the suckers of the plant, very easy to do yourself. Each plant will only produce one pineapple each fruiting season. The stalk has a cluster of flowers, which are purplish to lavender in colour, which appear about 16 months after the pineapple has been planted.
After planting, pineapples take up to 2 years to be ready for harvesting. After a pineapple has been cut from the plant another fruit will start to develop. This can continue to occur for up to 50 years.
Pineapples are generally available all year round with the best value being from November to February.Related to:
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TIPPING IN QUEENSLAND
Tipping is seen as a foreign custom AND generally is NOT DONE in Australia.
It is up to you if you decide to. If you want to tip, just round up to the next full $.
You may wish to add a tip to restaurant bills if the service has been especially good, even although this is not necessary. You may also like to tell the taxi drivers or waiters " to keep the change", especially if the difference is small.
Some cafés have "tip jars" for loose change at the counter, but putting coins in the jar is the exception rather than the rule. It is not liked by the majority of Aussies.Related to:
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CHANNEL BILLED CUCKOO BIRD
I know it's spring AND the STORM SEASON is fast approaching in Queensland, when I hear the raucous calls of the Channel Billed Cuckoo who is looking for love!
The channel-billed cuckoo is the world's largest parasitic bird, between 58 and 65 cm tall, can weigh up to 1kg, and has a piercing stare..
I don't know if it is correct to say we "lovingly" know them as Storm Birds, or Rain Birds, as they do tend to irritate with their constant calling. When the Birds fly to Australia from Papua New Guinea in Spring each year, this conicides with the Queensland storm season. They come here looking for a mate.
You are sure to hear their call if in Queensland at this time of the year.Related to:
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