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One of the outings from my recent trip to Townsville, was a day trip to Magnetic Island.
Magnetic Island from Ferry - actually departing rather than arriving.
The first part of the day was spent visiting some WWII era fortifications built to protect the approach to Townsville.
This provided spectacular views across some remote beaches below.
Finally we headed down to a beach ourselves.
On a quieter corner of the beach were these fascinating sand ball patterns created by miniature crabs.
Part of my recent Townsville trip involved a day out to Paluma, an area of tropical rainforest.
Unfortunately the view from the various lookouts were non-existent, but there were a number of picturesque waterfalls on the lower slopes that were also popular for swimming.
We watched the New Year's Eve fireworks from the top of Castle Hill in Townsville. We could also make out the display at Magnetic Island from that view point too.
Whilst the distance made the display look a little small, the height allowed nice reflections on the water.
Generally used about a 5 second exposure, and with the wider shots, it was possible to see the silhouette of other people on the top of the hill.
A general night view from the top across to Magnetic Island while waiting for the main event to start.
Had a few days away in Townsville over the holiday period. Visited some old friends and did a few day trips to the surrounding areas.
Magnetic Island, named by James Cook on a day his ships compass played up. Located just off the coast of Townsville and reached by a 20 minute ferry ride.
Inland, the Townsville landscape is dominated by Castle Hill, which sits in the middle of the city.
The views from Castle Hill are wonderful.
View from the top
There were some nice beaches right in town...
But despite the accessibility, warm water and sunshine, they were often deserted......
This time on year they are prone to jelly fish and crocodiles. There are probably a few sharks out there too.
Given the bright sunlight, a circular polariser was mounted on my camera most of the time.
This big blue machine is edging it's way along the road at the end of my street...
Big Blue #1
And to give it a bit more context....
Big Blue #2
Big Blue #3
It's purpose is to lift sections of the viaduct into place.
Big Blue #4
The purpose is to replace the existing level crossing.
It is expected to free up a lot of space for parks, cycle tracks and expansion of the station car parks.
Along the Tracks
However, the project has got a lot of attention due to the proximity to residential properties.
The railway has always been just next to these properties, ever since this area was first developed over 100 years ago. However, the residents were expecting the railway line to go in a cutting, based on based on the initial consultation that the government undertook and the example set by the few previous crossing removal projects. However, from an engineering view point, this is obviously a good solution which allows disruption to the railway line to be minimised.
After the blazing sun in last weeks pictures, this week - Rain.....
There were a lot of severe weather warnings about the rain this weekend, but it hasn't come to much - a bit of a wet weekend! But then again, given the places I've lived in the past, can Melbourne really manage problem rainfall?
Another hectic few weeks, so posting two weeks together again. Also reduced to phone shots too!!
Had to play with the HDR mode to get enough dynamic range - RAW mode on a DSLR/larger sensor mirrorless would probably have got it all in one go and just needed a bit of exposure & curve adjustment.