Fairy Bower, Queensland

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Fairy Bower
RockhamptonQueensland
Fairy Bower is located in Queensland
Fairy Bower
Fairy Bower
Coordinates 23°24′17″S 150°27′53″E / 23.4047°S 150.4647°E / -23.4047; 150.4647Coordinates: 23°24′17″S 150°27′53″E / 23.4047°S 150.4647°E / -23.4047; 150.4647
Postcode(s) 4700
Area 26.9 km2 (10.4 sq mi)
LGA(s) Rockhampton Region
State electorate(s) Rockhampton
Federal Division(s) Capricornia
Suburbs around Fairy Bower:
Pink Lily West Rockhampton The Range
Nine Mile Fairy Bower Allenstown
Gracemere Gracemere Port Curtis

Fairy Bower is a suburb of Rockhampton in the Rockhampton Region, Queensland, Australia.[1]

Geography[edit]

The Bruce Highway is the eastern boundary of the locality with the North Coast railway line immediately parallel to the east of the highway; however, there is no railway station in the suburb but Yeppen railway station is just north of the suburb in Allenstown/Port Curtis. The Capricorn Highway enters the suburb from the south and joins the Bruce Highway at a large round-about on the north-east corner of the suburb and then proceed north into Allenstown.[2]

Neerkol Creek is the south-western boundary of the suburb.[2]

Fairy Bower is low-lying land, less than 10 metres above sea level, and contains a number of lagoons, including the Yeppen Yeppen Lagoon, the Crescent Lagoon, Nelson Lagoon and Deadmans Lagoon.[2][3][4][5][6]

Big Bulls[edit]

The roundabout (often called the Yeppen roundabout presumably taking its name from the nearby Yeppen Yeppen Lagoon) where the highways meet is well known for the large statue of a Brahman bull that stands in the middle of the roundabout, being one of seven Big Bulls that decorate Rockhampton, which regards itself as the Beef Capital of Australia.[7][8] The group of bull statues are listed as one of Australia's big things.[9]

This particular bull attracts some criticism for facing towards the city so approaching motorists are welcomed to the city by a view of its rear end which includes its large testicles. The theft of the testicles from the bulls is a common prank and they frequently have to be replaced. Some residents also feel that the bull statues over-emphasise one aspect of the city and should be relocated to less prominent locations. However, there is strong public support for the retention of the bulls.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fairy Bower - suburb in Rockhampton Region (entry 48630)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Yeppen Yeppen Lagoon - billabong in Rockhampton Region (entry 38657)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Crescent Lagoon - billabong in Rockhampton Region (entry 8736)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Nelson Lagoon - waterhole in Rockhampton Region (entry 24034)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Deadmans Lagoon - billabong in Rockhampton Region (entry 9543)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Where's the Beef?". Rockhampton Art Gallery. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  8. ^ Robinson, Paul; Farrow-Smith, Elloise; Saunders, Miranda (17 April 2014). "An ownership row has erupted over who holds Australia's Beef Capital title". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  9. ^ Clark, David (2004). Big Things: Australia's Amazing Roadside Attractions. Penguin Books. pp. 10–13. ISBN 0-14-300200-7.
  10. ^ Whop, Marlina (20 November 2013). "Tourism group rears up over Rockhampton bull statues". ABC News. Archived from the original on 6 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.