Friday, 17 July 2020

Rowes Bay Golf Club

Rowes Bay 3rd green
The third green is nicely protected by mounds and a bunker

Rowes Bay Golf Club is located on the north side of Townsville, one bay north of the Strand. It's a little back from the beach and doesn't have ocean frontage or views. When I visited the course was in pretty good condition despite some recent rains, with some muddy areas off a couple of fairways but otherwise it seemed to have drained quite well despite being a very flat course. One hole, the par five seventh, had a temporary green, with a large green under construction.

A selection of photos can be found below.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Blue-winged kookaburra

In Canberra, where I grew up, there's only one type of kookaburra, the laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae). I'm not sure if I even knew there were other types until I moved to Cairns. There are four species in the genus, getting more colourful as you go north. In Northern Australia we have the blue-winged kookaburra (Dacelo leachii), a very relaxed individual of which I found on a recent trip to Rowes Bay Golf Club.

Up in Papua New Guinea you can find the rufous bellied (Dacelo gaudichaud) and spangled kookaburras (Dacelo tyro), as well as the shovel-billed kookaburra or kingfisher (Clytoceyx rex) which is closely related. 

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Georgetown Golf Club

The ninth "green" looking back to the tee

Some years ago I was pretty much exclusively playing golf at Half Moon Bay Golf Club in Yorkeys Knob. I had had a game at Paradise Palms, but other than that it was just Half Moon Bay. I decided that I needed some more variety and started trying to play all the golf clubs in Far North Queensland. I put a tick in the box for the better known courses pretty quickly - from Cooktown to Cardwell, Cairns to Ravenshoe.

One of the courses of which I was vaguely aware was Georgetown, which I remembered hosting the Half Moon Bay Juniors for pennants. I knew it was a long way away, and that it had sand greens. That was pretty much it. A couple of weeks ago I had a rather nice rental car and decided on a long drive. I initially thought I might try Mt Garnet, but had half a mind to try Georgetown. I made up my mind somewhere on the Atherton Tablelands, and headed west. All the way there and all the way back in one day.

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Way out west... Way, way out west

Western side of the Newcastle Range on the road from Georgetown to Cairns

I went for a little drive today. Cairns to Georgetown and back, stopping for a quick game of golf. I'm knackered.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Not one of my usual aquarium inhabitants

A gecko on my banana lillies
I noticed this small gecko (probably an Asian house gecko, Hemidactylus frenatus, with dark pigmentation) in one of my aquariums. It's hard to discern the species but one way, which I remembered too late, is the claws on the feet. By the time I got back to the tank to try to get a closer look it was gone.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Late afternoon at Millaa Millaa

The eighth green at Millaa Millaa Golf Club
Sunday brought blue skies and sunshine but cool temperatures to the Tropical North, and a game of golf was high on my list. I was turned away from Ravenshoe so ended up at Millaa Millaa once again. It was 16℃ when I started playing, and on the way home it dropped down to 12℃ as I stepped out of the car to take the below photo of Mt Bartle Frere.

Queensland's highest peak, Mt Bartle Frere

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Millaa Millaa Golf Club

I've made a couple of trips up to Millaa Millaa for golf recently. It's a nice undulating course with some very nice holes, and it's usually pretty quiet. Last weekend it was a chilly 18℃ which probably made it my coldest game of golf in 20+ years.

Millaa Millaa's first hole is a downhill 126 metre par three

The view from the first green over the second, third and fourth fairways with the third green at left

A Pirate Looks at 40

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Where does chocolate come from?


A cocoa fruit at Charley's Chocolate Farm, Mission Beach
One of the photos lingering on my phone while this blog was inactive was this one of a cocoa fruit from Charley's Chocolate Factory at Mission Beach. Pre-corona they had tours of the farm and factory with a light lunch and a chocolate tasting. The chocolate tasting included cocoa fruit and nibs in addition to a wide selection of their chocolates. I'm sure the tours will return in time, but in the meantime they have online ordering for chocolate.

The Shannonvale single origin dark chocolate, Rum and Raisin, and Pineapple are particularly recommended. I could also recommend others, but then probably shouldn't use the phrase "particularly recommended". The Davidson Pl.... No, I'll stop.