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Rollingstone Creek

View to the mountains from under the Bruce Hwy. bridge

Rollingstone bridge murals

The pub

Railway station entrance

Vincent "Bushy " Parker Park

18th June

We are spending two nights at "Bushy" Parker Park at Rollingstone. This rest area was named after a local hero Vincent "Bushy" Parker. He was born in England in 1918 and migrated to Australia with his family.He attended Townsville West State school. When world war 2 broke out he went back to England and joined the RAF. He was a prisoner of war at Colditz Castle where he tried 3 unsuccessful escapes.

A very nice area and quite popular, only allowed to camp here for 48 hours. The ranger comes through and takes down our registrations. We have been told he comes around Mondays and Thursdays. Blu has been able to put his Kayak into the creek and explore some of the area. On our walk yesterday we spotted the murals under the highway. Today we walked up to the Rollingstone Hotel.

The hotel burnt down in 1959, a temporary one was built. Plans were under way to redirect the Bruce Highway away from the township. Land was purchased beside the new highway and in 1962 the new hotel was opened for business.

The first section of the rail line opened in April 1914 from Townsville to Kurakan. A year later the Rollingstone Railway Station opened for business. The station serviced the local area including timber and tin mining industries of Mt Spec and Paluma. The station was the local post office 1916-1920 and 1928-1969. During world was 2 water was pumped from Rollinstone Creek and transported the water to Townsville. As Queensland railway nationalised services were decreased. In 1970 when the contract to transport mail was lost to road service the mail motor ceased. In 1971 cyclone Althea resulted in the loss of the refreshment rooms which were not rebuilt. In 1992 the station ceased operation

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