Sunrise at El Arish by STHogan

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Sunrise at El Arish. Far North Queensland, Australia. This view can be seen from the Bruce Highway just north of El Arish.

If you look on a map you may not find El Arish because it is a very tiny place with only a few houses, two shops, a service station and a pub. It also boasts a wonderful golf course/country club that is enjoyed by many from the surrounding areas.

El Arish is situated between the towns of Innisfail and Tully. It is a little closer to Tully.

Tully is the wettest town in Australia with the highest rainfall. They say that if it is not raining in Tully, then it is going to rain.

El Arish is on the east coast and almost on the same latitude as the bottom of the Gulf of Carpenteria.

El Arish is about 110 km south of Cairns.

North Mission Beach and Bingil Bay are two of the beaches closest to El Arish. They are about 15 km by road from the house in which I am currently living. When my father was a child and there was no road, they used to occasionally walk to the beach to have a picnic. I think the beach is closer if you walk the way they went. I have no idea of the route they took. It would have been thick rainforest then and is mostly used for sugar cane, or banana farming now, or for beef cattle.

El Arish was settled immediately after the end of WWI as a soldier settlement and was settled by soldiers returning from fighting in that war. It, and the surrounding railway sidings, are all named after places the soldiers visited whilst in the Middle East. The streets in El Arish are all named for generals from the war.

El Arish recently suffered the effects of Cyclone Yasi. Many houses in the area were damaged and some demolished due to the cyclone. El Arish was slightly north of the eye of Yasi and got the full force of some of the strongest winds for almost an hour.


sunrise, el arish, sky, fnq, far north queensland, sandra hogan, queensland, austrlaia

My practical painting tutors include people from the Flying Art School (1978 to 1981), the Studio West End (2004 to 2010) and the Brisbane Institute of Art (2008 to 2011).

I began printmaking in 2004 at the Studio West End, then started again there in 2006.I have done it constantly since 2006 at either the Studio West End or the Brisbane Institute of Art.

Darkroom techniques were obtained from the Brisbane Institute of Art beginning in 2009.

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  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 2 years ago

    Splendid creation; a winner of my day…thank you to inspire million friends and me:)

    Quote of the Day
    The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
    Henry Miller said.
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  • Thank you for your comment and favourite.

    You can tell I’m living out in the country at the moment. I jumped out of bed that morning and noticed the sky was pink so I grabbed the camera and ran out to the cane paddock behind my house and started snapping sunrise shots.

    Then the painters arrived at 6am to paint the house on the inside.

    – STHogan

  • leonie7
    leonie7over 2 years ago


  • Thank you. I’m am pleased I ran outside early and got the pictures now. Thank you for the fav too.

    – STHogan

  • supergold
    supergoldover 2 years ago

    beautiful sunrise colors

  • I am pleased you like it. Thank you for your comment and fav.

    – STHogan

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 2 years ago

    A terrific atmospheric sunrise , those sensational reds so Rock

  • Thank you for looking and taking the time to comment. I am happy you enjoyed the image.

    It has rained every day since I got that shot. This is the wet tropics so rain isn’t all that unusual.

    – STHogan

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