The first party of non-indigenous people to settle at Rockingham Bay arrived in January and was led by George Elphinstone Dalrymple. Dalrymple also brought his "black boy" servant, an Aboriginal man from Stradbroke Island that he called "Cockey". Some of these newly exposed pylons were used in the sculpture. Islands are visible from Cardwell including protected areas i. Patches of lush rainforest and eucalypt forest descend to a mangrove-fringed channel in the west, with sweeping bays and rocky headlands along the east coast.
They are a demonstration of the culture of the Traditional Owners. Access to the island is by ferry. The signage at the cairn notes: The Blencoe Falls, 90 km north west of Cardwell, are particularly impressive falling 90 metres and then cascading a further metres to the bottom of the valley. It is protected from the Coral Sea by both Hinchinbrook Island and Hinchinbrook Channel and is noted, not for its glorious beaches, but for its muddy foreshore and its crocodiles, sharks and box jellyfish - particularly during the summer months. Geography[ edit ] West of Cardwell the rugged topography of the Cardwell Range intercepts the trade winds resulting in high rainfall. They are ideal for swimming. It climbs into the mountainous hinterland behind Cardwell and includes the Cardwell Lookout which offers excellent views of both Cardwell and Hinchinbrook Island; the Attie Creek Falls; and a number of freshwater swimming spots including the Spa Pool and Dead Horse Creek. It is possible to see crabs emerging from their holes in the mangroves and, along the way, look for orioles, sunbirds, snakes and lace monitors. Patches of lush rainforest and eucalypt forest descend to a mangrove-fringed channel in the west, with sweeping bays and rocky headlands along the east coast. The channel which lies between the island and the mainland is a flooded river valley and is notable for its extensive areas of mangroves and its seagrass beds which are home to dugongs. It was originally used by the local Aboriginal people and then by Europeans trying to access the cattle country of the Valley of Lagoons. The jetty was initially feet m but that was not long enough to get into water deep enough for deep draught steamers so another feet was added. Captain John Moresby visited Cardwell in and wrote that "various tribes of aborigines roam about the vicinity, and not unnaturally regard the white men, who are rapidly dispossessing them of their homes, as mortal enemies. The first party of non-indigenous people to settle at Rockingham Bay arrived in January and was led by George Elphinstone Dalrymple. The tree was built for the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, representing traditional owners from nine tribal groups: The bagu form was founded in the shape of a man, and a spirit design was created with traditional clays and the ochre colours are magera yellow, jillan, black with wallaby blood and garba white. The entire foreshore was restored in with an excellent collection of memorials, sculptures and sand blasted images. A mystical spirit of fire, would throw the jiman firesticks across the sky and a trail of fire would follow. The current jetty was built in and is over feet m long. Wet weather prevented an immediate punitive expedition of four boats of armed local white men who were eager that "the blacks" be "taught that what they do is punishable by death". It was damaged by Cyclone Yasi in but was quickly repaired. The National Park website explains: Cardwell, QLD Quiet town on Hinchinbrook Channel - access point to Hinchinbrook Island It is a comment on the difficulty of the terrain mountains on one side, mangroves on the other side that Cardwell is the only town on the Bruce Highway between Townsville and Cairns that is located on the coast. A few miles inland from the landing site was a very beautiful aboriginal village and bora ground surrounded by native banana plantations that reminded Dalrymple of villages in Ceylon.
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