Yesterday, for something a little different, after nipping into work to say farewell to a student, I headed to the wharf.
The wharf was one of the first parts
of Cairns but it has gone through various stages of growth.
Wharf shed 3 was the first to be
constructed under the Harbour Board, starting in 1910.
Wharf shed 3 is now known as the
Cruise Liner Terminal.
As European passengers and government
officials landed in Trinity Inlet in October 1876 and the town was surveyed
later in the year, obviously the port would have been a big part of anything happening and planned.
The original wharves were pretty
simple with timber jetties built out over the mud to where the boats were. They
had shed on them and were owned by private companies.
didn't have a long lifetime though and new building quickly replaced them.
The city of Cairns grew out from the
port but it was always central to the town.
1884 Cairns was chosen as the end of the Herberton Railway and so in 1886 a
timber railway wharf was constructed to connect the wharf to the rail.
1906 the Cairns Harbour Board was started to oversee the wharves and by 1915
they owned all the wharves.
1912 dredging began on the inlet channel to allow larger ships entry.
then the wharves were the heart of the city.
days they are a nice place to wander and wonder.
This area of the wharves with two of
the old sheds that still remain and the sugar shed a bit further away are
reasonably open to the public. It is only when a big cruise ship or some other
important ship comes in that they get fenced in.
down there is a bit more security and fences but it nice that this part is
might recognise this area from the BBQs we have as a farewell for students.
is usually quieter there than around on the Esplanade, and it is closer to our
is a nice BBQ area and areas for fishing as well (if you are into that kind of
thing). Then there is the awesome kids playground built around a tree. It is
just nice and relaxing.
There is usually some boat or another
doing something down in that area, even if they are just tied at the wharf, so
it is a great place for anyone who likes sitting and watching boats.
we have here are always surprised to learn that all those boats on the other
side of the estuary are private boats for going out fishing or sailing on the
weekend. I explain that it is just like have a second car, some people just
have a boat (and the second car). I think we will just stick to the two cars.
It was nice to get out and
enjoy the sun.
has been a bit wet and cloudy around these parts so days of sun are really
appreciated. Plus after a fortnight enjoying winter with family my tan is pretty much gone.
hope the weather has been treating you well.
Enjoy the coming weekend!
You can find more out about the wharf here and here. Well that is, if you want to. I'm not going to force you into a history lesson or anything.