Sunday, 27 April 2008

Townsville's tortoises

Townsville/Thuringowa's Riverway complex on Ross River* is a great public space. Art gallery, theatre, café and two swimming pools (open air, free). There's also a lovely walk along the river with barbecues and spots to stop and watch the tortoises (Emydura kreffttii) and archer fish (Toxotes). Townsville wasn't like this when I lived there!
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* Yes, of virus fame.








5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Indeed - nor when I was there - where are those pools?

W

Anonymous said...

Me again (W) Yikes - just checked your link to the Riverway complex and was rather taken aback by the "BHP Billiton Yabulu Eco Active Centre" - left me wondering what - at all - is "Eco" about either BHP Billiton or Yabulu! (Which, for non-locals - if my memory serves me correctly - contains a number of quarries, cement works, brick factories and a considerable amount of light-meduim industry).
That was all riparian scrub not long ago...

W

Snail said...

W, it's on the corner opposite the Wllows. There's also a sport stadium. It looks like an excellent resource.

Didn't notice Yabulu when I drove up. I'm going back via Undara and Hervey's Range Road. Where does that come out in relation to Yabulu? I can't remember.

Anonymous said...

If you're heading to Townsville along HR-Road it goes past "Alice River" and "Rangewood" (rural suburbs near some favourite froggy spots I used to visit) and actually comes out at the Willows near "Dairy Farmers" Stadium (NQ Cowboys home ground). Just short of Alice River there's a turn to the R called Black River Road which goes for a way and comes out on the Bruce Highway just past Yabulu (about 1-2kms back up the highway).
Wish I was there too - loved Hervey's Range country - getting cool enough for the pink-tongued skinks to be active near the roads. Watch out for them.

Happy tripping
W

Snail said...

Thanks. Will keep an eye out for the PTSs and report back if I see any. I still want to check stomach contents to see what snails they're eating. Up there it'd be Sphaerospira zebina and/or the big carnivorous rhytidids.