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Magnetic Island

sunny 26 °C

our hire car, fort, ferry, horse shoe bay

our hire car, fort, ferry, horse shoe bay


Yesterday we went to magnetic island it was so beautiful the view was awesome.
It was so much fun we hired a mini topless car it was so small.
We walked to the look outs they were really army forts during the war, it was so hot and the track was so long but it was an awesome day and that’s all that matters.

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Townsville

sunny 26 °C

Turtle Hospital, Reef HQ, Marina, Jetty, Castle Hill Lookout

Turtle Hospital, Reef HQ, Marina, Jetty, Castle Hill Lookout

We went to the Reef HQ Aquarium which has the largest living coral display, we got to visit the turtle hospital and learn about the turtles which was very interesting. We went to Magnetic Island for the day with the Brookes and hired a topless car to get around Island thats where the jetty photo was taken from. After coming home from Magnetic Island we went up to Castle Hill Lookout. The city lights just blew me away I was in photographic heaven 360 deg views of the city and manage to take some grouse photos. We had dinner up there with Bev and Wayne and they drank wine and soaked in the views. Next stop Mission Beach.

lots of love
Lisa xoxoxox

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Winton

sunny 28 °C

cleaning a dinosaur bone, Main St, Arnos Wall,Banjo, Jump up Look out,

cleaning a dinosaur bone, Main St, Arnos Wall,Banjo, Jump up Look out,


We all enjoyed winton its a pretty little town. There is lots to see around town like Arnos wall which is 70 metres long and built around his house you will see in the photo it has got some motorbikes in the wall it has everything including the kitchen sink.

Lark Quarry is a must to see if you go to winton it takes you back in time. In the main street of Winton in the middle it has the scuplters of the verse of Waltzing Matilda and Banjos scuplture. The music fence and the truck museum are good too. There is no bakery in winton the bread is brought up daily from Longreach.
The deepest bore here is 1100 metres deep and its equilavent to 22 olympic swimming pools standing end to end. Castle Hill is Australias, if not the worlds hotest artesian bore water reaches the surface at a piping hot 99 deg C. The Age of dinosaus was great and the lookout at jump up is breath taking you can see for miles.

We stayed at the Matilda tourist park it was grouse, everynight at 4pm we listened to a country singer and then at 7pm were two funny ladies called Mel and Susie, they were bush poets and stand up comedians.

Hope youre enjoying our blog stay safe Lisa xoxo
P.S. We craked our windscreen, with the heat it just grew and grew...

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Winton to Townsville

sunny 28 °C

Sunday the 11th
Today we woke up and quickly packed the trailer and headed off to the stockman’s hall of fame, where we found out heaps of information on stockmen, bullocks, sheep shearing and country life.
There was a man who was a horse breaker that showed us the horses he had trained and just how smart they are, they are incredible creatures. He showed us how the bullock team was worked and used on the land, But just how tuff and slow it is. It takes 4 weeks to roughly do 160 miles and the station owners demanded that they travelled 8 miles a day. He told us some phrases that have been adopted into our vocabulary like “pulling the pin” which in bullocky terms means to pull the pin out of the top of the bullocks harness to release the bullocks at the end of the day and “offsider” which is someone that stands on the right hand side of the bullock team to assist the bullock driver.
We then drove to Winton and we went to the music fence, which is a fence that has different tensioned wires that run through a length of wood that went into a tin roof and resinated through the tin to make a harmonic sound. The different tension of wires made different tones of sound. The music fence was devised by a Queensland percussionist Graeme Leak and the Queensland music festival.
Monday the 12th
Today we went to Lark Quarry where the world’s only recorded dinosaur stampede is located. The stampede took place 95 million years ago. It was pretty incredible to see just how well they have been preserved and how poorly looked after the foot prints have been.
When they discovered them they didn’t dig all the site up because they got too tired and after they had left them out for the harsh elements they started to deteriorate, so they built a shelter but the kangaroos found the shelter and stayed for shade and were walking all over the footprints, so they put wire and mesh up to stop them but the weather was still getting too the artefacts.
They finally decided to build a proper shelter and they drilled through some of the prints. When they were putting up the roof, they laid down black plastic sheeting and hay, but when the welder was up on the roof the sparks and slag from the weld dropped down and caught fire to the plastic and it melted into the prints. Once the building was completed, one of the 9ft compressed soil walls fell down and damaged the artefacts.
We then went back into town and went to the pub were Waltzing Matilda was first performed.
We then went to another dinosaur site where they had found bones of three new dinosaur species. These species have only been found in Australia. We learnt how different the world was 95 million years ago and it’s hard to comprehend how different it was. They also explained how they knew what it was like and it makes you wonder.

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Footprints

sunny 30 °C

The age of the dinosaurs

The age of the dinosaurs

Today I was boiling in the car going to the dinosaur’s tracks at Lark Quarry Conservation Park. It was awesome, I liked the big foot prints they were 51 centimetres long and there was also little foot prints. On the way back, mum wanted to take photos of a rusty old car. So I got out and ran to some jerry cans that looked cool. Then I saw a fossil, but I thought it was metal so I kicked it and it fell over, so I picked it up and took it mum, dad and josh they thought it was too.
We went to another dinosaur museum where they dig for the bones. While we waited for our tour to start I found a gecko it was so cute mum took lots of photos. Then I let it go because the tour guide came. We went inside the museum, we got to touch the bones of a dinosaur. After the tour we asked George the tour guide what my fossil was and it was actually ironstone.
Tomorrow we are going to Townsville it should be great.
Schools back! Sorry guys...

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