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Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Golden Gumboot...

In a recent post I wrote about the signs that rain could be on the way, i.e. the 'visits' from ants and the green frog. Well it did rain last Sunday...quite a bit in some areas but by Monday, Brisbane was once again sunny and very hot.
All the talk of rain though, had reminded me of our recent trip to Far North Queensland. We had lovely fine weather during our short stay back in November, but the area has had lots of rain in recent weeks. Three towns in FNQ vie for the wettest town in Queensland; Innisfail, Babinda and Tully. The higher rainfall is the result of monsoonal rains and cyclones.
My cousin took us to Tully for a look around. It is a town 'built on the sugar industry'. And in a park there is a tribute to the early days of sugar...my dad started cutting cane in 1926 so I reckon the display with horses being used to cart the cut cane would have been like when my dad was a canecutter.

Many of the sugar mills in north Queensland have closed but the mill chimneys at Tully dominate the  skyline and it is very obvious that it is still a working mill! 

A big tourist attraction in Tully is the 7.9 metre ( 25.9ft) Golden Gumboot, which was erected in 2003.  This height represents the highest rainfall recorded in Tully and this was way back in 1950.

A couple of interesting points;- the floods that Tully experienced in 1967 and 1973 were caused by rainfall greater than 8 metres and Babinda has had even higher rainfall levels than Tully in the last 40 years.
So here are our photos of this tourist attraction...

Little me standing beside it to give an idea of its height...

A closer view of the frog details too...

My cousin has some favourite shops in Tully and we went to a few...a wonderful toy shop, a kitchen wares shop, a fish shop and a popular teashop/café/florist. Many of the stores had art deco frontages...just like Innisfail! I also took photos inside the café.
I loved those novelty clocks on display in the café!

11 comments:

Susan said...

Hard to comprehend that much rain!

biebkriebels said...

I like that funny giant boot with the frog!

creations.1 said...

That is whole lot of water!! I have to agree with you - the chooks are lovely!!

Sharmayne said...

I didn't realise they had that gumboot there! Love the frog on it - very appropriate for the region lol

Vireya said...

I've never seen the Big Gumboot before. Your blog is so educational!

Gail said...

Looks like a fun time! Giant gum boots-giant frogs, too fun!

Sue (this n that) said...

8 metres! That's a heck of a lot of rain!
It was interesting seeing around Tully and the Big Gumboot is done well - especially with the frog :D)

Kim said...

Love your photos of Tully. Now that's a lot of rain. How cool is that Golden Gumboot; you look lilliputian next to it. I went to Cairns a couple of years ago in March and it was much too hot and humid for me. I can't imagine living in that climate.

Jackie said...

That is one great big boot. I do love the frog climbing it.

God bless.

angela said...

I haven't heard of the big gumboot. The clocks are very cute
Might have to put this on our to do list

Cynthia said...

You find such interesting places to visit! It's hard to believe the rainfall was once as high as that boot. The entire town must have been under deep water. I love the clocks.