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Driving east towards Rockhampton we passed these sale yards on a sale day. The Gracemere Sale Yards are the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

The yards were full of cattle, some already been sold and some awaiting sales. On the walkways above the yards a group of buyers were bidding on each lot. The auctioneer lead the bidding at machine gun pace and the sale was made in less than a minute and they moved to the next lot.

These sweet looking cows would spend most of their time waiting in boredom so our interest in them was quite welcome.

At the far end of the yards, cowboys on horses, moved cattle out of the yards for shipping to their new destinations. Probably to rebuild depleted herds.

Rockhampton, or as the locals call it "Rocky," is a city teeming with fascinating historical, natural and cultural draw cards. Located on the Tropic of Capricorn it is both a gateway to the outback and the magnificent Capricorn Coast.

First settled by the Archer brothers when they drove their mobs of cattle across the Berserker Ranges, Rocky remains more a big country town than the metropolis it has grown into today. It is a city where real country hospitality is not lost in the hustle and bustle of its 68,000 residents.

Large bull statues around the city pay tribute to the generations of cattleman that have made this region one of the finest beef producing areas in the country.

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  • Copyright: Nichola Wallace (niknik) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 32 W: 1 N: 35] (112)
  • Genre: Persone
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2006-05-26
  • Categories: Vita quotidiana
  • Esposizione: f/6.3, 1/250 secondi
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  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2007-06-08 23:17
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