Caboolture is considered to be the northernmost urban area of the greater Brisbane metropolitan region within South East Queensland.

Caboolure

The Caboolture area is the traditional home of the Kabi Aboriginal people. The name “Kabultur” is derived from the Yugarabul dialect meaning “place of the carpet snake”.  The Kabi people harvested bush food, fresh water mussels, oysters, fish, and some game animals, moving around the land to take best advantage of seasonally-available produce.

Each year in March, the Kabi people would hold Bunya Festivals to feast on the plentiful and nutritious annual nuts of the Bunya Pine. These huge trees provided a food source which could sustain large numbers of people.

The Caboolture area was first settled in 1842 when the land around the Moreton Bay penal colony was opened up to free settlers.  Timber was the principal industry of the area until the 1860s. The valuable red cedar, now very rare in the Shire, provided a good income for the timber loggers. The massive logs were rafted down the Caboolture River to Deception Bay, from where they were taken by steamer to Brisbane.

Tauranga, New Zealand Webcam

November 29, 2009

Tauranga is the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty region, in the North Island of New Zealand.  Due to its sheltered position, Tauranga enjoys a warm, dry climate.

Tauranga

The Port of Tauranga is New Zealand’s largest export port, with brisk but seasonal shipping traffic. It is a regular stop for both container ships and luxury cruise liners.

The coastal suburb Papamoa and neighbouring town Mount Maunganui are some of the more affluent areas around Tauranga. The region’s beaches attract swimmers, surfers, kayakers and kitesurfers.

Tauranga has many outlying islands and reefs that make it a notable tourist destination point for traveling scuba divers and marine enthusiasts. Extensive marine life diversity is available to scuba divers all year round.

Greater Tauranga is a very popular retirement and tourism destination. It features many natural attractions and scenery. Cultural attractions include the Tauranga Art Gallery which opened in October 2007.

Mackay, Queensland Webcam

December 17, 2008

Mackay is a city on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia, about 603 miles north of Brisbane, on the Pioneer River. Mackay is the sugar capital of Australia because its region produces more than a third of Australia’s cane sugar.

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Captain James Cook, reached the Mackay coast on 1 June 1770 , and during this trip the Endeavour‘s botanist, Sir Joseph Banks, briefly recorded seeing Aborigines.

Two young men, John McCrossin and Scottish-born John Mackay, assembled a party of eight, including an Aborigine named Duke, and left Armidale, New South Wales in January 1860. After exploring almost to the mouth of the river, which they named the Mackay, the members of the party began the trip back to civilisation. On the return journey, they all suffered from a fever that claimed the life of Duke.

In 1918, Mackay was hit by a major Tropical Cyclone causing severe damage and loss of life with hurricane-force winds and a large storm surge. The resulting death toll was further increased by an outbreak of Bubonic plague.

Tasmania Bridge Webcam

March 24, 2008

The Tasman Bridge is a five-lane bridge crossing the Derwent River, near the CBD of Hobart, Tasmania. The bridge has a total length (including approaches) of 1,395 meters (4,576 ft) – longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It provides the main traffic route from the CBD (on the western shore) to the eastern shore – particularly Hobart International Airport and Bellerive Oval. It has a pedestrian foot way on each side, but no dedicated lane for bicycles. However, steps to the pedestrian foot way have recently been replaced with on-ramps.

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Tasmania Bridge

This is a sunrise in Hobart captured a few days ago, and I found a small traffic cam for a portion of the bridge.