Local traditions and culture in State of Queensland

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    THE QUEENSLANDER HOUSE

    by balhannah Updated Nov 17, 2013

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    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
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    Some BIG things

    by wise23girl Updated Nov 4, 2013

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    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!

    by balhannah Updated Aug 23, 2013

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    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!

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    ENJOY A BARRAMUNDI!

    by balhannah Updated Aug 23, 2013

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    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.

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    HOME OF THE YOWIE!

    by balhannah Updated Aug 23, 2013

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    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.

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    AMETHYSTINE PYTHON

    by balhannah Updated Aug 23, 2013

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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.

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    PINEAPPLES

    by balhannah Updated Aug 23, 2013

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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.

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    TIPPING IN QUEENSLAND

    by balhannah Updated Aug 23, 2013

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    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.

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    CHANNEL BILLED CUCKOO BIRD

    by balhannah Updated Aug 23, 2013

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    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.

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    BANANA BENDERS

    by balhannah Updated Aug 23, 2013

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    Do you know what a Banana bender is?.......Probably not what you are thinking!!

    It is a person who lives in Queensland, they are known as Banana Benders......
    The southern states of Australia joke that Queenslanders spend their time putting bends into bananas. Of course they do not put the bend in the Banana!!!

    The Queensland border has been called the Banana curtain and Brisbane has been called the Banana city. The term was first recorded in 1964.

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    SAVE MONEY WITH A SHOP-A-DOCKET

    by balhannah Updated Aug 23, 2013

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    A shop-a-docket - What is it?

    It is what is on the back of the docket/receipt that you receive after buying your groceries. These dockets often have good deals. Some are buy one and get one free, this ranges from coffee, milkshakes, to fast food outlet deals and more.
    Holidays are often at a very reasonable price, and so are deals to different attractions.
    Just remember, before you throw your docket away, check the back incase there is something that you can use!

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    SAVE MONEY ON FUEL [GAS]

    by balhannah Updated Aug 23, 2013

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    An easy way to save money when filling your car with fuel, is to have previously bought $30 & over worth of groceries from either COLES or WOOLWORTHS stores.
    When you take a look at your receipt, you will find on the bottom what I have taken a photo of.
    Sometimes you may receive either 4c litre off, 8cents or even 10cents litre off the cost of your petrol [fuel]

    Just tear of the part that I have a photo off, then, for Coles vouchers, head to a SHELL service station to use, and for Woolworths, to a WOOLWORTHS service station or a participating CALTEX service station.
    Usually outside the station, they have how much per litre the discounted fuel will cost. Just take your docket/receipt with you when you pay, and the amount will be deducted from the bill.
    Now, I know you are probably thinking, this isn't much to save, but it does add up. Today, I filled my car with fuel and I saved $7, not to be sneezed at, and better in my pocket than the Service Station owners.

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    Anyone for AMAZING Coffee?

    by wise23girl Updated Jul 31, 2013

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    main photo...Gaby of Le Baroque making a special cup of coffee for yours truly....not too strong

    Just the other day my French/Australian friendly chef told me we make the BEST COFFEE ... He said our coffee is AMAZING He means here in Australia WE make the best coffee...?in the world? I must clarify that!

    There seems to be a lot more coffee shops in Queensland in quite recent times...is it the increase in population...or is it an increase in coffee drinking as a sport? LOL

    Where I live coffee shops are springing up like mushrooms.....drinking coffee is becoming a way of life. One might wonder how a living is made for the owner.....and there is more diversity in the decor...one in an old garage coffee place is proving popular with the young bucks who sit around an outside table and for the mums with strollers who can wheel the prams inside... no problem....And coffee places with lounge chairs win my vote if the coffee is good of course....And this coffee shop in the old garage came 2nd in all Australia for best coffee....
    And for something hip ....quite different have a look here at The Velo Project or Ricks diner in Palmwoods......

    And what will you choose? Café au lait, Caffè latte,Chai Latte,Cappuccino,Iced coffee,Cafe mocha,Espresso Romano.....and many more....lets not mention soy (frankenstein food )

    And now there is 'Coffee to Go'...not take-a-way any more....and is it one shot...two shot... even 4 shot

    or do you say "Weak please" or even "1/4 strength'? Better be in the know. And instant coffee does not even come in to the equation.

    When I was in Istanbul I read: "Good coffee should not be sweet like love but rather taste bitter like death".......but I do not enjoy bitter coffee....but a Turkish coffee with a genuine piece of Turkish Delight brings its own pleasure....but we are in Queensland now.

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    Roundabout Ignorance

    by pedroswift Updated Jun 28, 2013

    Driving during your trip to Australia??

    Are you familiar with "Roundabouts"? Multi-lane Round-abouts are the traffic engineers cheapest option to solve a traffic problem. Developed countries probably don't have them!!!???

    You may well be familiar with how they operate if you come from a country which has lots of them.

    Read up on the rules of the road re their use in Australia before your holiday. The basic rule is "give way to traffic on the roundabout"!

    WARNING Do not assume Australian Drivers know the road rules re Roundabouts

    Many drivers are under the misapprehension that because they are on the right hand side of other traffic entering or already entered the roundabout they have something they call "Right of Way" despite there being no such "right". Be prepared to be molested by the ignorant.

    Check the Government Road Rules site. Read the the tips on using multi-lane roundabouts and look at the 3 videos.

    Happy Trails & safe driving

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    Restaurants - Bring Yer Own (Wine)

    by pedroswift Updated Jun 11, 2013

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    Unheard of in lots of countries around the world, BYO is an Australian custom cherished by budget conscious diners unwilling to pay for heavily marked up wines from the restaurant cellar. One rarely finds a restaurant serving bottles of Australian wine for less than AUD 30. Given that the bottle shop prices for the same wine could be half or even a third of the restaurant price it is little wonder that patrons are keen to 'Bring Your Own'.
    Some restaurants with a licence to sell liquor will allow you to bring your own bottled wine and charge a corkage fee to serve it (5 dollars per person or maybe $10-15 per bottle). It depends on the "class" of the restaurant. For example one of Brisbane's best with an extensive wine cellar charges $45 corkage for patrons bringing a "rare or hard to get bottle". I'm sure if they had the same wine in their cellar they would not open the byo bottle. The licensed Tex Mex down the road charges $10.
    %L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/22faef/The best deal we've experienced lately (mid 2013). 2 dollars per person at the Rustic Olive Italian Kitchen at Redcliffe.
    Some restaurants may advertise "no corkage" especially mid-week to encourage budget conscious diners to BYO and eat. Most restaurants draw the line at byo casks or flagons of wine, beer, spirits and soft-drinks.
    When making a reservation check to see if they allow BYO & what corkage is charged.

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