Going to the Mainland

On the ferry to the Mainland

The Island is limited to one super market, the IGA, and there is also a chemist, bakery and Post Office in the same area. This means you don’t have the big supermarkets with the specials and discounts. I also needed to go to the Motor Registration Branch at Cleveland for my License. I left on the 9.30 am ferry which goes directly to Redland Bay from Russell island.

It was a beautiful sunny day and the Bay looked stunningly beautiful as the Ferry left the Island behind. The ferry was not as busy as usual. I sit in the back in the fresh air with a view of the waters as it heads to the mainland, about 15-20 minutes ride with glorious water views. Opposite me sat a largish, blondish lady with so many tattoos that she looked at if someone had scribbled on her with textas. It was difficult not to watch her as she looked like the tattooed lady at the circus from days gone by. Her un-tattooed partner kept patting a little dog and then they had an animated conversation with lots of throaty laughs, and watching them kept me well entertained until Redland Bay. I ached to capture them in pen and ink but kept my fingers, and camera, discreetly well hidden lest I fall to temptation.

The day was beautiful, and the sea was aqua blue and glowed with joy. I love sitting on the ferry when there are not many people there, just looking at the water. Inter-Island Travel is now free, and I wondered what the ferry worker would say, if I brought along a picnic box, some sun block, and a book to read, and just sat there, travelling from Russell to Karragarra and back again in a continuous ride enjoying being on the water. It would be wonderful during the day when the ferry was not too busy. I hate it when there are dogs and people with loud voices and people arguing or fighting. Yes, that does happen, and kids being noisy and wanting stuff they cannot have and screaming out their rage.

As soon as the ferry nears the mainland, people stand and make their way to the front of the queue so they can get off the ferry quicker. I get up too and join the queue which stands for the time taken for the ferry to berth and start embarking procedures. Then its over to the Bus Stop to wait for Bus Number 250 which goes to Caringbush via Cleveland. I get on the bus and join in the friendly chatting between a little girl and the bus driver, and the passengers joining in too. Its a friendly, happy little ride t Victoria Point first, and then onto Cleveland where I get off at the roundabout where the Motor Registration Branch is located.

Published by ladymaggic

Artist, Traveller, Researcher and Writer, currently living on Macleay Island., where I photograph and share experiences and events around the Islands and Island Life until I am able to travel again. Travel photos and videos about many places in Australia​ and the world

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