chronicles of an igorot in australia. a photoblog in parts, this is intended as a diary, travelogue, memoir, journal, palimpsest, igorot blog, accounts of misadventures, running battles or whatever it turns out to be. there might be souls out there with common interests. do post a comment.
Rockhampton Regional Council was formed in
2008 by the amalgamation of smaller municipalities.
Discoveries in the 1860s of several minerals in the area led to settlement in the Fitzroy River where Rockhampton was founded.
Rockhampton sits on the Fitzroy River. It has a land of area of 18,360 sq km of mostly pastoral lands.
40 years before the North Coast line, Rockhampton had its own railway. It had lines built inland as far
west as Blackwater, and to the far south through Mount Morgan to Theodore.
There were also lines to the beaches in Emu Park and Yeppoon. A short line connected the North Coast railway to Port Alma. This substantial railway network and locomotive workshops made Rockhampton an important employment centre.
A short distance to the south-west of
Rockhampton, Gracemere is an agricultural and saleyard centre. Its population
was boosted in the 1980s with the Stanwell power station.
Mount Morgan is a town that flourished from mining rather
than the traditional cattle industry.
With a median age of 44 years, it has the oldest demographic in the
Just a few months back I walked miles for a camel... well I went to see a camel.
Now I was made welcome to Marlborough country.
Back in the day... Oh well, the times they are a-changing.
The times have changed indeed.
Once upon a time you'd load your old house on a truck.
These days you put your old truck on your house.
Brolgas are common in the north and northeast of Australia. These red-headed Australian cranes visit rural farmyards in search of food.
Feral deer on the edge of bushland.
Rockhampton takes its name from a 'rocky' ford in the river, appended with 'hampton' (Saxon for farm by the bend of a river).
There are some minor mountain ranges around Rocky.
From Kamanvatin: the fields of Chakkang and Litangfan.
Ascending to the left at mid-bottom is the disused mountain road turnoff to Pokis and Fa-ang. In the middle to right of picture is the road to Payeo. Beyond to Dongyowan and Lubo in the background is the Albago Highway with the Sagada-Besao road ascending at top-right.
Payeo in the back, and Roundtop Mountain in the foreground-right.
Mt Pokis and Arak cliff from the Likayan Road.
Below photo is upper Balitian River between Payeo/Nabas-ang and Chonglian.
One day, isang araw, gusto kong mag-tawid o tawirin itong ilog.
Chonglian to Cheyjey.
The thick jungles of Cheyjey.
Jungle forest food.
Strawberry fields forever.
Somewhere over the rainbow is Chonglian.
Can you see the forest for the trees?
How about the kwikok eagles?
Ricefields of Nabas-ang.
Ricefields of Sacasacan.
Ricefields of Fa-ang (Maligcong).
Ricefields of Litangfan (Guina-ang).
Ricefields of Chonglian (Mainit).
Looking at Likayan (Dalican) from Fato (Rocky Top Mountain).
Rocky Top Mountain in Maligcong-Guina-ang.
Looking at the pristine airfield on Lukfufan and Fal-ling. Tabfoy is out of sight at left. This is somewhere between Fa-ang and Nakalu-kalut in Churya-a.
Maligcong from Rocky Top.
Litangfan at left and Chonglian at right.
Rainbow over Chonglian from Lobfangan.
Zooming in on Sadanga and Sacasacan from Cheyjey.
Churya-a and Kidla-a from Pokis.
Dakiltepan (Dapdapanan Killong Tetep-an Antadao) from the Likayan saddle.
Sana, isang araw or one day I hope to walk the ridges of Chonglian, and the ricefields and mountains of the province around Bontoc town.
All the mountains and the rivers and the valleys all are fair.
The ancestral domain or country of the hardy mountain people.
With the ricefields - moulded and sculpted by their own hands -
these are all part of their inheritance, their tawid.
Trekking these magnificent mountains would take a marathon effort -
a true Tawid Marathon. Yes some day, soon.
Somewhere in Sacasacan is a hidden lake.
Chonglian and Litangfan
But now you know there's more to the highlands than this...