Rocky Creek War Memorial Park
|Original and restored Tolga Railway Station|
We are travelling on our way home so this is an update on what we are doing from my phone, on the run. It is nice to be back in Queensland. A timely drive yesterday for Neil and I up to Tolga, located on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns with our War Veterans being in everyone's thoughts today. Rocky Creek just North of Tolga is the site of the Rocky Creek War Memorial Park, situated on the 2/2 Australian General Hospital laundry and medical stores site. It was a 3000 bed hospital treating over 60,000 patients from 1943 to 1945. During WW II, the Tablelands area became the largest military base in Australia, with camps scattered throughout including Atherton, Ravenshoe, and Tinaroo. Many of our World War II Veterans went there for training before serving overseas.
We called in to take photos for our good friend Lou of the memorial to her dear old Dad's Infantry Battalion, the 2/11. Photo above. We had the pleasure of meeting him recently in Perth.
The original Tolga railway station which the soldiers would have passed through is now a very well restored and maintained Military Museum in Tolga and well worth a visit . The Tolga Wood and Art Gallery across the road from the Museum is a lovely and welcoming resting spot for morning tea and some shopping. No photos of this unfortunately as it was raining. It was a really nice morning out up on the Tablelands at Tolga.
There is also a 72 hour rest area adjacent to the War Memorial Park for self contained caravans and motorhomes for a $5.00 a night donation to support the War Memorial. It is all very well managed.