Fleeing the dismal continual rain in Lismore for a few days, we visited Warwick in south-east Queensland, a two-hour drive from home. As soon as we crossed the border, the rain stopped. What was that old advertising slogan? “Queensland – beautiful one day, perfect the next.” Like many other places in SE Qld and northern NSW, it’s had LOTS of rain.
We were surprised to come across a statue of Tiddalik by the river.
The Aboriginal dreaming story tells of a frog who was very thirsty and drank all the water from the rivers and streams. The animals despaired until one got the idea to make him laugh. Nothing worked until the eel danced and tied himself into strange shapes. Then Tiddalik laughed and the water gushed forth to fill the drought-stricken places.
Well, Tiddalik must have been laughing long and loud lately. The park has a board showing flood heights. Tiddalik must have been under water a lot.
One things for sure, the cycle of drought and flood has always been and will continue to be a feature of the Australian landscape. Perhaps that’s why Tiddalik looks a bit smug.