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The Great Migration

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The Great Migration

This spring across the Darling Downs the Bogong moths with migrate up to a thousand kilometres to find a cool summer home in Australia's southern alps.

Early summer barbeques along the east coast of Australia wouldn't be the same without a visit from one of our most amazing insects. Bogong Moths, travel over 1000km each year from the black soil plains of Queensland and western NSW to the Australian Alps, seeking refuge from the summer heat.

Along the way, they travel by night and then in the morning, drop down to the ground to rest in the shade during the day.

Bogong moths have a wingspan of about 50mm, and can be recognised by their dark brown mottles and two light spots on each wing.

At night, the lights from towns, fires and other human activities attract the moths and they can become quite a nuisance. A Bogong moth even starred in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, when it perched on opera singer Yvonne Kenny during her performance.

Every year, migrating moths find their way into Canberra's Parliament House, squeezing through air-conditioning ducts and sometimes winding up in the Chamber itself. There's even the Bogong Moth Motel at Mt Beauty, near where the insects come to stay in the Southern Alps.

As the moths migrate southwards, their world collides with human society. Their route, followed for thousands of generations past, now passes over the bright lights of Canberra and other large cities. The lights fool the moths into behaving as if the sun is coming up. Their natural response is to dive down to the ground to find a dark place before the heat of the day sets in, and suddenly there are moths everywhere.

Buildings can become covered with a thick coating of moths, desperately seeking dark cracks and crevasses to hide from the sun. Their need to escape the heat has driven these moths to evolve one of the most amazing migration strategies of any Australian animal.

A festival to celebrate the arrival of the moths is still held today, near Albury at Mungabareena Reserve. Held on the last Saturday in November, the festival features Indigenous performers, spear and boomerang throwing competitions, bush tucker and indigenous kids activities.  Up to 5000 people - both locals and overseas visitors - come to the festival each year.

At the end of summer, the moths must prepare for the long trip back to Queensland where they will mate, and then die. Many have not survived their stay in the mountains, or been eaten by predators. The few who flutter back home in February and March don't have anywhere near the visibility of the thick swarms which headed south in November.

Perhaps one in 1000 moths will make it all the way back home, feeding on nectar along the way to keep their energy up. As soon as they arrive back, seven months after crawling out of the ground, they mate and the female lays up to 2000 eggs. So begins the cycle once more.

Interesting Facts:

*When: Bogong moths fly south from Queensland every spring to wait out the heat of summer in alpine caves. They return in autumn to Queensland to mate. The Ngan Girra Festival (formerly the Bogong Moth Festival) is held on the last Saturday in November, 2002.

*Where: Darling Downs, Queensland, and the Bogong Plains, Victoria ( near the town of Mt Beauty). The moth's breeding grounds stretch from inland southern Queensland and northern NSW right down to the Hay plains.

*Bogongs live only a year, but travel over 1500 km during this time.

*There is a carpet of dead moth bodies 1.5 metres thick on the floor of some Alpine caves, built up from thousands of generations.

*Canberra lies directly in the path of the migrating Bogongs and the bright lights create big problems for moth navigation.

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Some camels and some culture

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Some camels and some culture

Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Festival

August 4-6, 2017

They only come around once every two years,  so if watching camel races in the heart of the Australian bush is on your bucket list, don’t miss your chance to see the 2017 Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races.

The Festival, located in Tara, Queensland, is just 3.5 hours west of Brisbane and accessible inland via the Newell Highway through Moree and Goondiwindi.

Tara, a small country town of less than 1,000 residents literally explodes with excitement during the three day festival of multi-cultural celebrations with a genuine camel race meet.

The iconic feature of the festival is the Camel Racing on the Saturday and Sunday, but it’s the eclectic mix of street performers and different cultures on display through a variety of cuisine, displays, workshops and non-stop entertainment that will amaze.

The Festival includes live music, buskers, roving entertainment and on Friday night Jess Berwick will take to the stage and Saturday night Judah Kelly and James Johnston Band will be the headline acts.

Classic country entertainment is included throughout the program, including Terry Arnold, Bill Ramsey and Wayne Kite.

Several countries of the world are represented in cuisine, arts and culture, providing an opportunity for education and interaction for everybody, with free workshops also on offer.

Kings Park Accommodation is offering travellers a great package to the Festival that includes accommodation, breakfast and return coach transfers to Tara. Email or call us today to book.

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Opera in the Country

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Opera in the Country

There’s no event quite like Opera at Jimbour, now one of Queensland’s truly iconic musical performances. Where else can you picnic in a fantastic location with a magnificent sandstone mansion in the background, listening to opera!

To celebrate this fabulous annual event are offering a weekend Opera package that includes accommodation, breakfast, and return transport to Jimbour House on 22 July. Tickets to the Opera are, of course, free.

This year’s Opera at Jimbour is a semi-staged presentation of Franz Lehár’s bubbly operetta The Merry Widow, featuring the irrepressible Emily Burke in the title role as the fabulously wealthy Hannah Glawari, and Australia’s favourite leading man David Hobson as Count Danilo. They will be joined by Hayley Sugars, Virgilio Marino and some of Queensland’s leading opera performers, with the Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra and Opera Queensland’s Toowoomba Community Chorus. 

The Merry Widow is full of romance and wonderful popular melodies including ‘Vilia’, ‘You’ll Find Me at Maxim’s’, and the haunting ‘Merry Widow Waltz’.

And this year they want everyone all to sing! 

Be there for a pre-show rehearsal, learn the words and music, and join in the ‘Vilia’ chorus.

Pack your picnic basket, warm up your vocal chords and get ready to waltz the afternoon away in the picturesque Darling Downs.

So call Kings Park Accommodation today to book your Opera weekend accommodation on 07 4662 7733 or email us at info@kingsparkaccommodation.com.au

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Astronomical 2017 Winter Tour - A world first!

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Astronomical 2017 Winter Tour - A world first!

Something very special is coming to Chinchilla for the very first time on Thursday 29 June.

The Townsville Astronomy Group and Full Throttle Theatre have teamed up to bring what is believed to be a world-first tour during the 2017 winter.

The new production Astronomical not only delivers belly laughs as it explores the Universe, but the audience participates by looking at the various astronomical wonders through large computer controlled telescopes.

Meet Galileo, Einstein, Neil Armstrong and others as they lead you through the history of Astronomy.

The show is suitable for all ages between 6 and 96 and will start at 6.30pm at Clover Hill Ranch, Chinchilla. 

This event is FREE to Chinchilla local residents courtesy of the Western Downs Regional Council.

Places are limited – to book contact Council on 1300 COUNCIL or visit www.fullthrottletheathre.com

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Lest We Forget

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Lest We Forget

“ANZAC” was the name given to a combined force of First Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Army troops who landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula at around dawn on Sunday, the 25th day of April, 1915, barely nine months after the outbreak of World War I.

Galvanised by the example of courage and sacrifice demonstrated on that bloody battlefield, on the 10th day of January 1916 a public meeting of Brisbane citizens voted unanimously to establish the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee to lay the groundwork for a nationwide, solemn day of public remembrance on the first anniversary of the landings.

On every 25th day of April for the past 100 years, “ANZAC Day” has been observed in Australia and New Zealand, becoming an honoured and sacred institution along the way.

The Western Downs will be commemorating Anzac Day with the following services:

Bell

Dawn Service 6am

Anzac Memorial Park, Dennis Street

Community Breakfast - 8am

RSL Sub Branch, Ensor Street

Bunya Mountains

Commemoration Service - 8am

Opposite National Park Office, Bunya Avenue

Chinchilla

Kapyong Service

Korean War Memorial Service held

before Anzac Day on Monday 24 April - 11am

Chinchilla RSL Sub Branch Soldiers Memorial Hall, Heeney Street

Dawn Service - 5.55am

Fuller Place, Heeney Street

Gunfire Breakfast - To follow Dawn Service

Chinchilla RSL Sub Branch Soldiers Memorial Hall, Heeney Street

Commemoration March - 10.45am

Heeney Street

Commemoration Service - 11am

Fuller Place, Heeney Street

Dalby

Dawn March - 4.15am

Patrick Street

Dawn Service - 4.28am

Anzac Park, Patrick Street

Commemoration March - 9.30am

Bell Park, Cunningham Street, and Patrick Street

Commemoration Service - 9.45am

Anzac Park, Patrick Street

Dulacca

Commemoration Service - 8.45am

Roy Henderson Park, Warrego Highway

Jandowae

Dawn Service - 6am

Jandowae Memorial Hall,

corner George and Market Streets

Commemoration March - 11.30am

Dalby Street, High Street, and George Street

Commemoration Service - 12pm

Jandowae Memorial Hall, corner George and Market Streets

Community Lunch To follow Commemoration Service

Kaimkillenbun

Commemoration Service - 8.30am

Cumkillenbar Park, Isabelle Street

Community Morning Tea to follow Commemoration Service

Kogan

Breakfast* - 7am-8am

Kogan Memorial Hall Park, Kogan-Condamine Road

Commemoration March - 8.30am

Commemoration Service - 9am

Community Morning Tea to follow Commemoration Service

Meandarra

Dawn Service - 5.30am

Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum, Sara Street

Opening of new exhibition

‘The Light Horse’ - 9.30am

Commemoration March - 10am

Meandarra State School, Sara Street

Commemoration Service - 10.30am

Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum, Sara Street

Community Lunch* - 12pm

Meandarra School of Arts Hall, Sara Street

Miles

Dawn Service - 5.45am

Anzac Park, Corbett Drive

Commemoration March - 11am

Murilla Street

Commemoration Service - 11.15am

Anzac Park, Corbett Drive

Tara

Dawn Service - 5.30am

Tara Memorial Hall, Fry Street

Community Breakfast - 6.20am

Commemoration March - 10am

Day Street, Fry Street

Commemoration Service - 10.40am

Tara Memorial Hall, Fry Street

Community Lunch* - 12.15pm

Wandoan

Dawn Service - 5.30am

W. O’Sullivan Memorial Park, Henderson Road

Commemoration March - 9.45am

Royd Street

Commemoration Service - 10am

Wandoan Cultural Centre, Henderson Road

Community Morning Tea - 11am

Warra

Commemoration Service - 9am

Warra Memorial Hall, Warrego Highway

Community Morning Tea to follow Commemoration Service

We hope you will find something of interest in the above events and that you will join the community and Kings Park Accommodation in continuing the tradition of honouring ANZAC Day

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