Tag Archives: Queensland

Farm dogs leading their cattle out of the flood towards safety …

Great dogs in Aussie leading cattle to safety had to share this …

Farm dogs lead cattle to safety

Do you like that?

In the country we love our dogs Bear has been to sheep dog and cattle dog trials such amazing animals. Believe me they are much loved.

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No one in QLD knows about this – container refund scheme …

About the container refund scheme …

“Queenslanders use close to 3 billion beverage containers every year.

These containers are the second most littered item in the state, despite the fact they can be easily recycled. Beverage container litter is largely associated with drink consumption in open air settings such as parks, beaches, shopping centres and car parks.

The introduction of a state-wide container refund scheme will give people an incentive to collect and return containers for recycling, in exchange for a 10 cent refund payment. This will help to: reduce the amount of drink containers that are littered and, increase Queensland’s recycling rate.

The scheme will also provide benefits to social enterprises, communities, and regional and remote areas by creating new job, recycling and fundraising opportunities.

Queensland’s container refund scheme will commence on 1 November 2018, with more than 230 container refund points in operation across the state. The number of these sites will continue to grow as the scheme rolls out.”

Source: About the container refund scheme

Just watch the blurb in the video …

Bear just wants to make a couple of points …

  • we are already recycling
  • there are no collection points in Stanthorpe
  • no one knows about it
  • these bottles are not being littered in Stanthorpe because people put them in the recycle bins provided in public areas
  • this is going to cost people time and money as well as causing more pollution than it will save. eg. running cars to get your refund!

You wanted to vote for these clowns in the Labor and Green Parties who are causing more pollution because of ill thought out non practical policies. They don’t care if it costs you more they have an agenda but they are not going to tell you about it, are they?


Does the Labor Govt think we are all stupid and need to be told what to do? You will be paying more money to satisfy the Greens despite you doing the right thing already! I won’t be voting for them ever again make up your own mind about these clowns.

Have a good day Bear

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Glengallan Homestead Warwick QLD Australia …

“Glengallan Homestead, built 1867-1868, is located on the southwestern slope of Mount Marshall at the mouth of a wide valley, running west from Cunningham’s Gap, near the junction of the Cunningham and New England Highways approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of Warwick.

This valley was the original Darling Downs, discovered and named by explorer Allan Cunningham (1791-1839) in 1827 in honour of the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Ralph Darling (1775-1858), and the name Darling Downs was later used to identify the surrounding region of open rolling country with rich and deep soils. Cunningham found a gap in the dividing range, and the following year, while visiting Moreton Bay, he found a gap which he thought was the same one he had discovered previously, and which became known as Cunningham’s Gap.” Please go to Glengallan Homestead Wikipedia for the story.

Glengallon was in poor condition before the start of restoration …

As we live close in Stanthorpe we visited the homestead in April. It is still under restoration but here are a few of my photos with my phone …

If you are in the area it is worth the visit. Bear loves old houses and furniture. Hope you enjoy?


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Ultimate road trip: Great Beach Drive to Fraser Island – Queensland Blog …

“Stretching 200km through UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, a World Heritage Marine Park and the largest sand island in the world, is the Great Beach Drive.

A road trip like no other, here the bitumen is replaced by sand, the traffic lights swapped for endless vistas of coastline and any chances of “I’m bored” wafting from the back seat, obliterated.

Ditching the Bruce Highway for the beach – and running between Noosa on the Sunshine Coast and Maryborough on the Fraser Coast – its ease of access and rich diversity makes it an incredible adventure for the 4WD obsessed, and even those just wanting a touch of beauty and fun.

We might be biassed, but we’re sensing the Great Beach Drive will quickly rival the Great Ocean Road as one of Australia’s best drives.”

Read more at Queensland Blog.

Hope you enjoyed our little piece of Australia.

Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen, former senator and Queensland first lady, dies at 97 …

This great Aussie has passed away today …

“She led a very full and successful life and was so-loved for her kindness, her genuine concern and care for others, her common sense and down-to-earth approach to life.”

No matter what your political persuasion this lady just cared about people. She made Queensland, Australia and for me better. Something the current lot of politicians should aspire to.

PHOTO: Sir Joh and Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen on their wedding day in 1952. (Supplied: State Library of Queensland)

“Former senator Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen has died at 97 years of age.

Lady Bjelke-Petersen was the wife of Queensland’s longest-serving premier, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

“Lady Flo” as she was fondly known as was Queensland’s first lady for nearly 20 years.

As the grandmother of politics in the state, she was more famous for her pumpkin scones than her Senate career.” ABC News

“Lady Flo was an outstanding and much-loved Queenslander who made a wonderful contribution to the community of Kingaroy, Queensland and Australia,” Ms Frecklington said.

“As a senator for Queensland for 12 years, Lady Flo worked tirelessly for the betterment of rural and regional Queensland.”

PHOTO: Flo Bjelke-Petersen at the grave of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen on the family property of Bethany at Kingaroy, north-west of Brisbane. (AAP: Tony Phillips)

“Rest in peace Lady Flo. You were a rock of our community and will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered. I will always cherish your support and guidance.”

Florence “Flo” Isabel Bjelke-Petersen (nee Gilmour; 11 August 1920 – 20 December 2017)

Florence Bjelke-Petersen Wikipedia.

Bear is sad but he loved her pumpkin scones.


Queensland’s best wineries and cellar doors …


Feel like visiting some great wineries

“Wine time is anytime, in all honesty. But Queensland’s wine time to shine is right this minute.

The sunshine state is having its moment in the sun when it comes to all things vino, and there are wineries galore gaining good ground on the ‘Old Boys’ of the Australian wine scene. (Ahem… we’re looking at you Barossa and the Hunter Valley). And while the huge variety of wines available in Queensland is nothing short of impressive, the once-underdog wine scene is stepping up to the cheese platter in a serious way.

From the Granite Belt’s stalwarts and alternative varietal champions to boutique, family-run operations and tropical fruit wine with the most unexpected of terroirs, there’s no stopping a Queensland grape on the rise.

Wine drinkers, rejoice! The Queensland wine golden age is here for good.”

Read more at Queensland Blog.

These images should tantalise your taste buds …

What’s your favourite winery in Queensland?

Bear’s is just down the road from his place:

Symphony Hill

“Another Granite Belt MVP, Symphony Hill is a James Halliday mainstay, earning the 5-star rating three years in a row (‘15, ‘14 and ‘13) and picking up plenty of other credit and awards for their well-made drop in their 14 years of operation.

Their signature red, the Reserve Shiraz, is even fit for royalty: it was served to Wills and Kate when the couple came to Brisbane in 2014.”

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Queensland’s best luxury hotels and resorts …


Feel like spending some money on a luxury holiday?

What do Elton John, Leonardo DiCaprio and Taylor Swift all have in common? You guessed it … LOADS of money, which they just happen to like to splash on luxury stays in Queensland.

It’s not hard to see why the world’s rich and famous have been lured, though. Combining World Heritage-listed locations with premier accommodation, the sunshine state is a high roller’s playground made up of hidden pieces of paradise and exclusive-use only destinations.

While most of us mere mortals can only dream of securing even an overnighter at one of these first-class locales, if you’ve got the mula to match the price tag, we’ve got the holiday goods to deliver.

These images should tantalise you please click an image to view slideshow …

looks like my place doesn’t it! LOL 😉

Please visit source: Queensland’s best luxury hotels and resorts

What’s your favourite luxury vacation spot in Queensland?

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