These photos were taken as The Spirit of Queensland train, returned me to suburban Brisbane, [22 hour journey] after my 2 weeks of hiking in tropical north Queensland with my brother and a friend.
The photos are not of good quality. This is the result of the position of the sun, train speed and glare, but for my OS readers, I wanted to show that the Aussie landscape changes little over our vast distances. We have areas of incredible beauty, but because of the distances, it is difficult to advise travellers how to see it all.
I have just been reading this blog, of an English family of 4, choosing to just see a small part of
Queensland. I have completely enjoyed reading of their visit. They only scratched the surface of what there is to see, but they did see it memorably.
The coastal strip from Brisbane to Cairns [1700 kms] is renowned for its sugar cane production. Some areas have beef cattle, bananas, citrus, and mangoes. Towns average an hours drive between them with not a lot to see in between. Queensland's population is only 4.6 million with 2 million living in Brisbane.
Our landscape is totally different to European landscapes and definitely boringly flat, in comparison to the magnificent Rockie Mountains, that I have just visited.
I love where I live, but just sometimes I wish the distances weren't quite so vast.
Interestingly, North America has the Rockies Parrelling its west coast. Australia has its Great Dividing Range, on the east coast, doing the same thing. Its 'full height' can be spotted in many of these shots. Its average height is 606 metres / 2000 feet.
Views from the train, from 11 am until sunset.
The mighty Burdekin River.
A dam built across it upper reach, holds 4x the amount of Sydney Harbour.
Only a few farmers burn their cane before harvesting now. The others cut it 'green' and the dry leafage is baled for mulching.
Baled sugar cane mulch.
Loaded sugar cane carriages, waiting to be taken to the mill.
Very typical country view.
Dry river beds are not uncommon for most of the year.
This is Queensland.
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