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Jul 4, 2013 - Sugar Mill

4th July After a quick briefing on safety in the sugar mill, we don our hard hats, safety glasses and collect some earplugs just in case the noise levels are a bit much. The tour begins, wonder if we will have a sugar high at the end of the tour the aromas are amazing. The origin of Tully sugar dates back to the 1860s and 70s when a succession of pioneers first planted cane with labour forced Kanakas [South Sea Islanders] In 1884 this labour was prohibited and this coincided with a slump in prices. The Tully Mill was approved under the...

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Jul 3, 2013 - Still in Tully.

2nd July 2013 I am being a good girl, getting plenty of rest and following doctors’ orders. I still didn’t get to Tully Heads but will endeavour to do so before we leave next Wednesday. Apart from doing the washing and cleaning up a bit we haven’t done all that much, well I haven’t, Rob has been fishing a couple of times but not having much luck. 3rd July, 2013 On the way home from shopping today we stopped at the old church in the middle of the cane fields. It was a Catholic Church at one time but it is quite obvious that it hasn’t been...

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Jul 1, 2013 - TULLY AGAIN

24TH – 26TH June, 2013 Not a lot happening this week apart from a three hour wait at Tully Hospital. Don’t worry I’m not dropping off the twig……….just yet anyway. Rob has been fishing most afternoons and looking after me in the mornings. He’s been great, cooking the meals and doing the washing. Think I will hang on to him for a bit longer, what do you reckon? One of the highlights of the last couple of days was actually at night. Thousands and thousands of bats all flying west over the park. Rob was talking to the manager and he said it was...

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Jun 28, 2013 - Tully Ho

27th- 28th June. Not much on the agenda for Thursday so we walked to Googara beach, about a 5 km easy walk from the caravan park. Then we spent the rest of the day relaxing. Tonight we spotted thousands of bats flying over us, we made sure we stayed under cover, didn't want to be pooped on, not sure where they were headed. On Friday we traveled into the Tully Gorge, one of the wettest parts of the wet tropics.Tropical rain forests flourish in a narrow band along the coast, making it a pleasant drive except for an impatient "P" plater who...

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Jun 22, 2013 - Around Tully

21st June, 2013 Time for another history lesson: Tully was established in 1872 for sugar. When gold seeking faltered the Chinese migrants became the first to introduce banana plantations. In 1935 a hydroelectric power station was built in the Tully Gorge. The population of Tully is 2436 people according to the 2011 Census. Primary production in Tully is primarily cattle, sugar cane and bananas although there are some other horticultural crops. Sugar milling is the main industry. The Golden Gumboot is a monument recording breaking rains of...

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Jun 20, 2013 - Sugarcane Country - Tully

19th-21st June. Heading to Tully we enjoyed travelling through the sugarcane area. The scenery changed constantly and it is the first time we have seen flower heads on the sugarcane. Sugar crushing is just beginning and we need to be aware of the slower moving vehicles in this area. Big improvements are happening with lots of roadworks along this part of the highway. After a short break at Cardwell we arrive at Googarra caravan park about 18 kms out of Tully. A small park with a cafe on site and a Tavern a five minute walk. With school...

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Jun 19, 2013 - Townsville to Tully.

16th – 20th June, 2013 We left Townsville this morning in bright sunshine and we are heading for Balgal Beach about 150ks up the road. There are a lot of sugar cane plantations on each side of the road now and they are actually in flower, an event that neither Rob nor I had seen before. The flower is very similar to the “brush tail” type flower on the flax plants down south. As we head further north it is becoming more tropical with palms and ferns and lush greenery everywhere. It is a very nice part of Australia …… I still prefer the...

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Jun 23, 2011 - Aus - Day 51 - Driving on

Made our way to Tully, this area was hit hard by the February Cyclone. You can see severe damage throughout the town and our entire drive up here supplied us with views of the devastating effects of the storm. Loss of Banana crops and sugar cane plantations are abundant. The highest rainfall record was 7900mm. Cyclones regularly hit this region so you have to wonder why people stay or move in to Tully only to suffer the reoccurring storms over and over again. There is a very large Rubber boot which is the towns masterpiece. We climbed to...

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Jun 22, 2011 - Aus - Day 50 - Natural Rock Slides & Jourama Falls

Woke up to a glorious sunny morning. Had an great breakfast, Jason made sunny side up eggs, fresh honey ham and toast. Decided to go and hike up to the natural rock slides. Nice little hike that leads you up a path to the lower part of the rock pools. There were two natural rock slides with only one really being good enough to go down. Man was the water cold, Jason was taking his sweet time talking himself into so I decided “when in Australia” and sat down in the cold running stream of water, pushed myself off and slid down the natural rock...

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Jul 20, 2010 - hulls heads

we are on the road again and heading towards proserpine. we have friends there want to catch up with. we found this place called hulls head and tully head. it was $13 a night run by the coastal patrol. we had hot showers and water on tap. we could walk to the beach. there was the same old sign about croc and stingers. didn't put us off the place. we went fishing, didn't catch anything, got the push bike out and rode that about. we stayed 2nights and meet some lovely people. john got some ideas from a old guy about this copper thing. it...

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Aug 13, 2009 - Day 23 – Townsville to Tully. – 7.9 metres of pure genius.

I honestly believe I have reached the zenith of my travelling career. After today nothing else can compete. Six continents and 37 countries, from remote regions to the world’s great cities and nothing can compare with the brilliance, the grandeur and the unlimited beauty that is the “Big Golden Gumboot!” of Tully. The story goes that the wise and learned folk in Tully (?) decided to embrace the fact that it has the highest recorded rainfall in Australia. 7.9 metres in 1950 apparently, so hence they built a gumboot of that height. Why...

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Sep 15, 2008 - Paronella Park and Tully (only Tully plotted)

JOSH: Yesterday we went to a caravan park called Paronella Park. It was about a guy who made a castle for his girlfriend. But when he had finished and come back, his girlfriend had married someone else because he didn't send her a card in 11 years. Me and Mum both thought "How would a guy that smart, be that dumb?" My favourite part of the park is the Tunnel of Love because there is lots of micro-bats there. They are the smallest bats. We learnt that bats make a lot of noise in their sleep, which is weird. That night we got a tour by the...

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