Mackay is located on the central Queensland coast 950 km north of Brisbane and 335 km south of Rockhampton. It is a port city with access to the Great Barrier Reef and has a growing tourism industry. However, the city is best known for its cane sugar production. If you are moving to Mackay, it is likely for one of those two industries. the region has a rich history. European explorers first reached the Mackay region in 1770. The city was named after the leader of an 1860 expedition into the Pioneer Valley, John Mackay.   Continue reading

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Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania after Hobart. It is located in the northern section of Tasmania and is close to where the ferry comes over from mainland Australia. The city is situation at the junction of the North Esk and the South Esk Rivers where they become the Tamar River.  It is the only Tasmanian city not located on the coast. It is a portal for travellers hiking in Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park. The city has a rich history, as it it is one of the oldest cities in Australia, settled by Europeans in March of 1806. Other firsts for Launcestion include the first Australian city to have underground sewers, the first Australian city to draw power from hydroelectricity, and the first place in the Southern Hemisphere to use anaesthetic.   Continue reading

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