Q Station (30 December 2017)

The Manly Q Station (Quarantine Station) is one steeped in history. We took a guided tour of the station which was a fascinating way to learn about the functions of the station, and its various uses during its time of operation which ranged from quarantine to housing those displaced persons who were impacted by Cyclone Tracey.

One of the many heritage listed buildings on-site. 

The tour took you on the same journey those would have taken on back in the day;getting off the ship, luggage through the autoclaves, showering before beingtaken to the onsite accommodation. The station was fascinating and the tourincluded a visit to the hospital, autopsy room (very morbid), on siteaccommodation for patrons and the station staff as well as the kitchens.

One of the Autoclaves used to sanitize luggage.

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Sunflower Fields (3 Jan 17)

Having the missed prime sunflowers in 2015 we headed back again this year armed with more information on the prime time to visit. I highly recommend you can sign up to receive the flowering notifications by following the information on the VisitQuirindi website.

This year there were two locations, Dimby Lane & Blackville Road near Blackville.

Quirindi Sunflower Fields (29 Dec 15)

We decided to detour on our way back from our trip up North to try and see some sunflower fields. We stopped in at Willow Tree visitors centre and they gave us some directions to some fields in bloom at the time we were there.

There are two crops both on Blackville Road, Parraweena. To get there turn off New England Highway onto Merriwa Road just south of Willow Tree. Continue along for 24km then turn right onto Blackville Road. Follow this for 7.8km until you reach you reach McDonald Creek Road on your left. This is where the first crop is. There is apparently a second large crop going up a slope 11km further towards Blackville, however I did not get a chance to visit this one on my trip.

Please remember that sunflowers are the farmers livelihood, don’t jump the fence unless you have permission. Please respect their private property.

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