Saturday, July 04, 2015

On the banks of the Endeavour river, Cooktown.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Endeavour River just inside the entrance. Cooktown. 
The barque, Endeavour, was repaired on the shores of this side, below Grassy hill in 1770.




Where were the planets in July 1770? The transit of Venus was specially observed by the expedition.
At dusk to the NW in Newcastle, Venus and Jupiter are seen close together and to the east a splendid full moon is rising for all humanity see. Here, the planets will set in several hours time.  

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

 Cooktown, far north Queensland, with the Endeavour River just in view, where explorer Captain Cook stayed June to August 1770 to repair his ship.
From the museum balcony.  The anchor and other items have been salvaged after their jettison in an attempt to refloat the good but troubled ship Endeavour


Tuesday, June 30, 2015


In Moree, northwestern NSW.
The shortest day has been and gone but now in Newcastle it would be as cold as it gets by day, a wear wool type day. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Moree NSW and the hot springs of artesian bore water were a good past time perhaps most popular with those of European and Asian heritage but not exclusively.
Hot underground water is found over a vast area.  Other spars were in some Queensland towns. The fresh water can be very smelly at first then it settles, some has too many minerals to safely use on the garden etc and is treated.
Years ago, an early bore in Moree, one of the first, was drilled to round 800 meters with the help of English experts. Unfortunately it flooded the small township.
We are rather fortunate to enjoy a low key road trip, unlike some less fortunate in this country let alone in half of the world.
Some of the northern jungle is like being in a non first world country yet is really safe and benign.
 Doubt I would swap it for a prissy pristine generic resort where there is no environment to really come to grips with.
 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


For sheer ambiance the camp around the remote old pub at Nindigully was the place to be.
Most of the traffic on any road is a steady stream of holiday rigs.