Laura and Quinkan Country

Perhaps I was a little misleading (or hasty), or confused when I said I’d put The Greenbus on hold.
What I should have said is, “There will be no more sad here. Only the fun stuff the ‘we’ would have been still exploring and posting about together.” It will be a nice place 🙂
Brad’s Blog will take the weight off this place.

And so…

Tina had a deep love and respect for, and a keen interest in Aboriginal culture and history. Her art was influenced by the mysteries of The Dreaming. One of her favourite non-fiction references was ‘The Archeology of The Dreamtime which compares Dreamtime stories of different country with the archeological evidence of the past. This review give a good overview of the theories put forward.
One of the many areas on our ‘To Do’ list, was to spend some time in Quinkan country.

Laura, the commercial hub of the Quinkan country is only 140km (87m) from Cooktown. For a village with a population of roughly 120 people, Laura contains, and as a community, protects over 30 thousand years of Traditional history, and some 140 years of European settlement.
Laura township was an important link in the Gold trail back in the 1800’s, but more importantly, the country has been a part of the Ang-Gnarra peoples’ culture for thousands of years, and is one of the top ten most culturally significant rock art sites in the world.
Laura also plays host to one of the longest running indigenous festivals in Australia. The Laura Dance Festival is held at the Ang-Gnarra festival grounds, about 15 kilometres from Laura. Every two years, community members and dance troupes from as far away as Woorabinda gather in a celebration and education of dance, culture & history. The festival is also world famous, and attracts tourists from all over the planet.
I’ll give you a list of easy links to more information about Quinkan Country at the end of this post.
Last week, I had the chance to absorb just a miniscule sample of this history. As the year progresses, I will spend more time up in Ang-Gnarra country. For now, here is a small sample of this areas history and beauty.
*Note:* In respect of Ang-Gnarra Aboriginal Corporation, no images of rock art galleries were taken. In future visits, I will ask if I can capture some images for you. In the meantime, the links below have many authorised images of the galleries.

Images around Laura:

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If you head to Laura anytime after this years dry season, you’ll be crossing this bridge on the Peninsula Development Road over the Laura River. This bridge, and a couple of kilometres of dirt are all that is left of the road works between Lakeland and Laura. The original wooden crossing of which I promise a photo of soon,
*EDIT*: Borrowed from an ABC journo’s blog. A future edit will provide links.
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is very, very old & is impassable for most of the wet season. It regularly has metres of water over it.

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The T-junction at Laura. Turn left for Cooktown & South. Turn right to head ‘Up The Cape’.

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All that remains of the old Laura railway station. If you’re into railway history, the Cooktown to Laura line is worth researching.

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Once located at a Police outstation some 24km from Laura, this tiny ‘lock-up’ is now on display at the Laura memorial park. Part of the display reads, ‘…18 natives were once locked in here together…’

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This steam tractor was transported by rail to Laura, intended for use on the goldfields. Upon unloading, it was found to have a broken front axle and was left in town to decay.

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The heath country near the ‘Split Rock’ art site. At this time of year, many native shrubs are flowering.

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An assortment of colour on a rainy afternoon.

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Some of the wild features of this Quinkan Country.

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The Back Wax

Last Monday, two of my sexy fwends, Jazz and Mad Maddy waxed my monkey back for me.
Of course it bloody hurt! It was a back wax!
Well, actually, it only hurt along the sides. Bonus? I got a four handed lotion back rub after.
The things a guy goes through to get caressed by beautiful women 😉

Later that day, four of us headed to Laura on a mercy dash to pick up a stranded friend. An excellent afternoon was had.

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A Small Diversion

OK. First up. And you’ll probably think, well duh!
I don’t stop thinking about her. Seriously. Every waking moment of my day is filled with her.

I took a drive to Laura today. Did a favour for my friend. I picked some young students and their teacher and carer and brought them back to the pool in Cooktown. When they’d finished at the pool we did a little tour up to Grassy Hill, where Alex their teacher told them the Captain Cook story, how he half wrecked his boat on the reef, then beaches the bark in the river to repair it. I think the kids were more impressed with how Cook climbed Grassy Hill on a regular basis to suss out a path through the reef.

After I dropped everyone off at the Laura school, I headed home. Snapped a few pics with the nüvifone on the way. Remotely of course 😉

I’m glad the kids had good day Karl,and I hope you all felt safe with my driving. Cheers.

Oh. I also have a couple of places to put on my bucket (?) list. Yes. I am making a list and I am going to DO them. I owe it to my baby to keep up with what we were going to do together.

Here’s the pics.
First is the mango trees. There is a row of these running half a Kay down the main street of Laura. Then we have some pics from around Grassy Hill. Lastly, a few from the windscreen shots.

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Saturday. It Comes After Friday. Oh, and Ear Rings!

Our Friday was our Saturday and Sunday. I’m looking after the tourists as you do in a small town that relies on that type of income most of the year.

However, I only have to work a maximum of five hours a day and it doesn’t start until  nine in the morning, so it’s all good.

Sunday morning has dawned beautifully. The Endeavour River is glass smooth and the sun is beginning to warm us. It got down to 7C last night. Too cold for the the far North!

I’ll be running a bus up to Laura this arvo to pick up Yalanji bama and take them back to Wajul. Should be a nice trip. The Laura dance festival was on this weekend. You should Google it to find out about.

The only photo we have for you today is my new found earring.
A very old worn shell that an oyster grew on at some time in the past. Tina thinks it’s very cool!

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