Helicopter Hanging Electrical Wires

As part of the restoration after the devestation that Yasi left in North Queensland, a new high-voltage feeder powerline was built running for hundreds of kilometres from Ingham to Tully.

One day, when driving from Halifax to Ingham, we were stopped by one of the many road work crews. But this one was a little different. Instead of repairing a pothole or two, they were hanging powerlines on one of the newly built towers. Using a helicopter!

If you’ve never seen this before its quite fascinating to watch the skill of the pilot as he hooks up the wires to each post and then pulls the cable through to the next tower.



Planting Cane – The Easy Way

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One of the best things about life on the road is the constantly changing view outside your window.

For a couple of months in mid winter 2013, we stayed with friends living on a cane farm near Halifax, NQ. His farm house is in a sea of cane. When we arrived in June, one large paddock beside the house had already been cut. This year the cane was to replanted. The farmers spent days ripping the old cane, turning, adding fertiliser, flattening the paddock preparing it for planting.

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Early one beautiful Sunday morning, the planting began.new-asutralian-dream-cane-planting

Coming from Mackay where cane farming is the main agriculture, Dean and I were interested to see that they were not stick planting. In the ‘olden days’ and sometimesnew-australian-dream-planting-cane today, long sticks of cane are cut and manually fed through a planter towed behind the tractor. Slow and time consuming hard work. This was a huge paddock – it would have taken a couple of days for it to be stick planted. Instead, the contractors got it planted by early afternoon.

We watched impressed with the speed and accuracy. The driver in the planting tractor controls the tipper remotely, tipping and filling his bin until it is full. Then he lines his tractor up at the lastnew-australian-dream-planting-cane row and away it goes. The tractor digs the furrow, plants the cane and lays fertiliser over the top, then covers the cane back over creating perfect rows.

Used to seeing slow tractors plodding away down the furrow, we were amazed at the speed this one was going. And how straight his lines were! Chatting to the tipper driver, we found out they are GPS guided and its all done on auto pilot – just line it up, push the button and away it goes!  The wonders of modern technology!

And all this entertainment right outside my window.

Watch how its done.

  • Planting CaneSpina's Cane Farm - Halifax NQ

Bogged! – Price’s Crocodile Adventure Tours


Not long after arriving in Halifax (Qld), during one delightful afternoon with a few friends, the decision was made to make an evening campfire. Since wood was required – our friend Mick (aka Price) decided that on the way he would show his guests the local croc hangout – Molasses Drain – which runs along the back of the cane paddocks near his house and right beside the road to Halifax.


Previously, we have driven along this picturesque backwater full of lillies and viewed the unconcerned locals sunning themselves on the banks. There are at least three younger 2.5-3mt crocs that live along this stretch of water and one older fellow at least 3.5+mts. Mick has told us stories of many a tourist being spotted picking water lillies waist-deep in the water, completely oblivious to the danger of becoming someones dinner. Once these big boys slide into the water you cannot see them at all!



Price and passengers – John, Dean, Sherry & Gav, piled into the trusty old pajero and headed off along the headland.  A while later, we received a phone call – “we’re bogged, can you send Trev with the tow rope?” Trev and a couple of others grabbed some tow gear and jumped in the Nissan….

The rest of us had a couple of chuckles, Price bogged!  LOL  Hope he’s not in the drain….. Nah, not Price he knows about the croc’s, he wouldnt be that silly…….

Shortly after….. another ute drove by ….. we waved – the farmer. Then the farmer coming back the other way …… in the tractor!

Jerry and I looked at each other! OMG theyre in the drain!  We jumped in the car and followed…… the pictures tell the story:



Yep. Definitely bogged. And not 100 ft from where that big croc lives!

How do you recon we get it out?new-australian-dream-bogged8

Is someone keeping an eye out for that big fella who lives just over there?new-australian-dream-bogged9

At least Pricey’s still smiling.new-australian-dream-bogged10

Try giving it a pull now Trevnew-australian-dream-bogged11

Turn the wheel Price, it’s tipping the wrong way.new-australian-dream-bogged13

We need some more weight!new-australian-dream-bogged12

I don’t think this is going anywhere – call for reinforcements.new-australian-dream-bogged14


I think its gonna tip over!  More weight fellas.new-australian-dream-bogged16

Try driving while Trev pulls.new-australian-dream-bogged17

Here comes the cavalry – Hi James!       What are you doing in the Drain Price?new-australian-dream-bogged18

Do I still have a muffler? (they spent 3 hours repairing it just this morning)new-australian-dream-bogged19


That’s how you should have done it the first time!

Now who’s coming to collect the firewood?new-australian-dream-bogged21

Leave the crocs in peace.new-australian-dream-crocodile

Just another day in north Queensland :)

Thanks for the adventure Mick.