POPULATION: 3,500 approximately
Thursday Island, now identified as one of the last great frontiers in Australia, holds some great Australian history. In 1880 Thursday Island acted as the defence centre for Australia and evidence of this still exists in that the cannons still remain in place. It is located 35 kilometres north-west on the tip of Cape York. A majority of the residents are involved in some way with the Island`s new three major industries of pearling, crayfishing and trochus.
Thursday Island also has facilities such as a sporting complex for basketball and volleyball, an Olympic size swimming pool, a football oval, a primary and secondary school, a general hospital (outpatient), the Torres Strait Campus (Tafe) - part of James Cook University, ambulance and police services.
DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE (State Capital): 3 040kms
POPULATION: 65,000 approximately
Rockhampton is the capital of the Capricorn region and provides a gateway to the Capricorn Coast, central highlands, gemfields and the rural hinterland.
Founded in 1853, Rockhampton boasts fine examples of colonial architecture dating back to the early pioneering days. Rockhampton is home to a wide range of tourist attractions which are guaranteed to entertain all the family.
DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE (State Capital): 638kms
- Town of Proserpine and surrounding areas 10,000 approximately
- Shire of Whitsunday 17,000 approximately
Proserpine is the administrative and service centre for the Shire. The Town has all the usual facilities, including a hospital, primary and secondary schools, library, and sporting facilities for swimming, tennis, bowls, squash, netball, football, golf, and indoor cricket.
It is a peaceful country town with friendly people and fascinating North Queensland architecture. Proserpine has a booming sugar industry and the local sugar mill has guided tours during the crushing season. The tours include free samples plus morning or afternoon tea.
Lake Proserpine, just west of the Town, is popular for water skiing and other water sports. There is a pretty picnic area beside the lake.
DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE (State Capital): 1,120 kilometres
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