Sunset over the Sea

Sunset over the sea as Dolphins play in the water

I was on the Ferry from Redland Bay returning to Macleay Island when the sunset began. Because the ferry was crowded and I was squashed into a corner, I just watched the sky color and other passengers taking photos with their mobiles. Then suddenly the ferry stopped and everyone started looking to the side. There were dolphins there and the captain had stopped the ferry so the passengers could enjoy the dolphins. So out came my camera and I joined the crowd.

I could barely see the dolphins. A lady kept pointing them out to me. I was happy enough to take photos of the sunset.

Macleay Island Boat Ramp

Leaving Macleay Island Jetty in the morning

Redland City Council has received a number of requests from the community for extra mooring assistance to the new boat ramp that has been built attached to the new Macleay Foreshore car park. The requests from the community for extra mooring assistance have come from observations to its position, particularly in relation to the wash from Bay Island Transport passenger ferries. Redland City Council has advised that: “The State has committed to funding a floating walkway on the eastern side of the ramp and also mooring piles to the west.

Council has requested that in the interim, the State considers installing mooring rings. The State has agreed to this and Council is currently arranging the installation of these devices on the ramp. The existing ferry terminal will remain in place until the new ferry terminal is constructed to the east of the Ron Field jetty. Once the new ferry terminal is operational, the existing pontoon and gangway will be converted for recreational use.

Docks & piers, wharves, boat ramps Estimated Project Value
$ 345,000
AddressDalpura StSuburbMacleay IslandStateQLDCouncilRedland ShirePostcode4184Project TypeBoat Ramp/CarparkDevelopment TypeNewStatusFirmStageContract LetOwnershipLocal GovtNotesContract Let Contractor Named For Supply/Delivery/Removal/Installation Package Work To Commence 15 October 2008 (Contract Pdg-41956-2)Commence Date4/10/2008Completion Date6/12/2008
DetailsMaterials, plant and labour necessary for the supply, delivery, removal, installation and defects liability for the construction of a 40m part tide boat ramp, carpark facility (13 carpark bays and 9 trailer park bays) and lighting upgrade.To request a copy of the tender documents or for technical queries please email, stating “Att: Nivedita Patel Dalpura Street” in the subject line.

Picnic at Woody Point Qsld

Woody Point Beach and Park

Woody Point is a coastal suburb of Redcliffe in the Moreton Bay RegionQueensland, Australia.

There are three headlands along the eastern coast of the suburb. At the southern tip is Woody Point (27.2630°S 153.1038°E), also known as Ningeryoun, first marked on a 1840s survey map by James Charles Burnett. Further north are:

Its a very pretty picnic area, park and bay with views across to Woody Point. Woody Point’s Apex Park & Bicentennial Park were constructed by reclaiming land along the foreshore in the 1970s. Across the road is Bells Caravan Park, a fish and chip shop and an Op shop and residential apartments. There is a pleasant walk, or run, from one headland to the other following the bay. Here a group, or should I say, a murder of very timid crows make their home alongside blue ringed pigeons and seagulls that were not interested in coming to the grass to check any action.

Crockatt Park and Pelican Park are both located within walking distance of Bell’s Caravan Park. Crockatt Park is about 1.5km to the east of the caravan park, nearby the shops and cafes at Woody Point. It features a playground and flying fox, along with BBQ facilities, toilets and shelters. Pelican Park is 1km to the west of the caravan park, it is home to a Visitor Information Centre and features a boat ramp and kids playground. Come by in the morning at 10am any day of the week to watch the volunteers feed the pelicans in Pelican Park

In 1799, Matthew Flinders landed on the peninsula and named the location Red Cliff Point after the colours in the cliffs. In 1823 the peninsula was selected as the site of Queensland’s first (and only) penal colony (Moreton Bay penal settlement) but, after arriving in 1824 to establish the colony, problems with mosquitoes and the resistance from local Aboriginals caused the colony to relocate up the Brisbane River in 1825, founding the city of Brisbane. Redcliffe developed as a small seaside retreat accessible only by boat from Brisbane while Woody Point was originally a banana plantation.

When the Hornibrook Bridge opened in 1935 (later replaced by the Houghton Highway and Ted Smout Memorial Bridge ), it linked Brighton, the most north-eastern suburb in the City of Brisbane, across Hays Inlet to Clontarf on the Redcliffe Peninsula. By improving the road connection between them, Redcliffe then became much more accessible and grew as part of Brisbane’s suburban sprawl

Artisans Market at Macleay Island

My paintings at the Artisans Market

The morning was cold but the rising sun made it all worthwhile, getting up at 6am to arrive at the market at 7am to set up seller stalls. The market was ready by 8am but it was not until 10am that customers started to wander in and an hour later it was mostly all done. I lugged all this artwork in and at midday lugged it all back to the Van and went home.

Most stall holders were happy to be photographed with their stalls, and I enjoyed walking round and chatting with each of them. It was not a very busy day despite the beautiful weather, and you can see the quality products created on the Island displayed here and see the smiling faces of the creators.

Bernie’s Market happens every month on the 3rd Saturday …and maybe next month you will visit and take home someone’s creation with a big smile.

Moonrise at Corroboree Park

Moonrise at Corroboree Park

I see the moonrise is at 4.32, and I rush down to Corroboree Park to see the moonrise. The sunset is beginning too, and the clouds hide the moon.

Then I see the sunset on the other side of the Island…and I run to try and get some of the sunset too.

I run through the Golf Club, but I have missed the color, and as I walk home, ahead is the glorious sky. I decide I have to find a new place to see the sunsets

Morning and Sunrise Tweed River

Tweed River Sunrise

My last morning here at Tweed Heads Caravan Park. I walk out and along the bridge and back again watching the tide rushing out and the sun behind the trees blocking my view. Below the tide rushes out and the yachts on the water are all asleep.

Then I see the color on the other side of the bridge and I rush across the empty road to catch a glimpse of the sunrise color behind Mt Warning. The light is not good and the Colors are depleted.

I walk down to the pier and at low tide see the sands. A lone bike rider sits at the table and contemplates the morning. I walk back through the paper bark trees

Tweed River Tweed Heads NSW

Tweed River

Tweed Holiday Park is right on the water…a very busy highway Runs from the M1 Motorway through the shops right to the river. Here I watched Police stop cars for breath tests and for speeding and actually crossed at the traffic lights knowing the police were keeping watch.

Today the sun was shining…so I walked over the bridge to Ivory Tavern where I had a very second-rate fish dinner which cost me $26 and was served in a soup bowl. I was very disappointed as I discussed the meal with a young chef explaining what I wanted.. fresh fish and some salad…

I walked back over the bridge back to the Tweed Heads Holiday Park and saw pelicans in the sunset over the creek…Tweed Holiday Parks Tweed Heads is situated on Terranora Creek adjacent to the calm waters of the Tweed River and is just a short stroll from the town centre. It features its own saltwater lagoon and private in-park boat ramp.

3 bedroom Bungalows by the water

Tweed Heads…Tweed Holiday Park

Tweed Heads…. Tweed River

I am now happily parked at Tweed Heads Holiday Park. Its a beautiful camp with the Tweed River to the East and Terranora Creek to the West where I saw this amazing sunset this evening

Tweed Holiday Parks Tweed Heads is situated on Terranora Creek adjacent to the calm waters of the Tweed River and is just a short stroll from the town centre. It features its own saltwater lagoon and private in-park boat ramp. This is the largest of the parks and features a year-round temperature-controlled swimming pool with an impressive waterslide, outdoor gym, sheltered barbeque facilities, tv room and camp kitchen overlooking the children’s playground, making it a popular choice for families who love the outdoors.

Tweed River Hacienda Holiday

Hacienda Camping

Hacienda sounded so nice, and the view I had sailing past on a tour was also beautiful. I paid the $57 a night price thinking a bit of luxury would be nice. Wrong!! I was given a spot in the middle of a wet paddock and the river was down the bottom. The toilet was not easily accessible especially at night when it poured with rain and juggling an umbrella and a torch in wind while dodging puddles in the dark was painful. I felt sorry for the little kids in an adjacent van. This morning they found a huge puddle that they turned into a mud pool and had a whale of a time playing in the mud. It did look fun. I won’t be staying here again unless its free.

The weather made everything look gloomy and the moss and lichens growing on all the trees suggest that this place is very wet and gets little sunshine.

I did get a rain free day when I was leaving…to see Mt Warning .

Just back from an Easter trip to Carnarvon Gorge, central QLD, Australia

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