Morning at Bribie Island

Walk to the Beach in the morning

Its amazing how deserted the beach is in the early morning. Walking along I feel as if the beach is mine and mine alone as I do not share it even with a bird. Sometimes there is a walker that I see every morning, but mostly for the first hour it is just mine.

Today I slept in and still the beach was deserted in the morning…and it is the most beautiful time of the day at Sunrise

Not only did I sleep in, I also had a dead camera battery. Big choice, do I simply walk on or go back and collect the spare battery. I went back. When I returned I did not feel like the same walk so wandered through the few shops looking for breakfast and a coffee, but everything was still asleep. I found new shops that invited a visit when they were open and I found another entrance to the beach I walked on in the opposite direction…

Woorim is on the south-eastern corner of Bribie Island, bounded by the Coral Sea to the east and Moreton Bay to the south.[4] Bald Point is on the southern beach (27.0959°S 153.1950°E). Erosion of the beach at Woorim is an ongoing issue with long term recession trends of the shoreline observed. In September 2007 Caboolture Shire Council (now amalgamated into the Moreton Bay Regional Council) published a Shoreline Erosion Management Plan in response.

Woorim has a beach, a small shopping centre, and parklands adjoining the beach.

Bribie Island Golf Club at 5 Links Court (27.0822°S 153.2013°E) has an 18-hole par-72 course, a distance of 6,203 metres (20,351 ft)

Coochin Creek Camping Ground

Cochin Creek Camping Ground Mount Beerwah National Park

Coochin Creek camping area in Beerwah State Forest provides a camping area that is ideal for visitors who enjoy fishing and boating. You can reach the camping area by conventional vehicle. Camp sites are numbered and individual camp site details are provided so visitors can book a site most suitable for their tent, camper trailer, campervan or caravan. A terraced area provides vantage points for fishing from the creek bank. It is also possible to launch a canoe into the creek.

Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests include exotic pine plantations, open eucalypt forest, rainforest and coastal wallum remnants. Short walks explore the forests and lead to spectacular views of the Glass House Mountains area. At Coochin Creek camping and day-use area, the mangrove-lined creek provides a great place for fishing and exploring the waterway in canoes and small boats. The creek flows into the sheltered waters of Pumicestone passage in Moreton Bay Marine Park, an area known for its excellent boating and fishing opportunities. From the nearby creek bank, cast in your line in for bream, flathead and mangrove jack. Launch your canoe or kayak, or, if you have a small boat, launch from the boat ramp one kilometre upstream.

The Beerburrum and Beerwah State forests are within an ‘inter-urban break’—a 63,000-hectare area of mainly agricultural and forested landscapes, including a large proportion of public land which is mostly national park or State forest. The Inter-urban Break Outdoor Recreation Plan provides public land managers with a guide to work together to protect the natural beauty of the landscape while supporting a range of recreational opportunities in suitable locations.

The area is a protected and Domestic animals are not permitted at the camping area or adjoining day-use area. Many birds are animals live in this area.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.Coochin Creek camping area. Photo: Queensland Government.

Coochin Creek camping area.

Bribie Island

Pre Sunrise at Bribie Island

Bribie Island is the smallest and most northerly of three major sand islands forming the coastline sheltering the northern part of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. The others are Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. Bribie Island is 34 kilometres long, and 8 kilometres at its widest.. It is believed that the name of the island came from a corruption of a mainland word for it, Boorabee.[2] meaning ‘koala’.

Most of the island is uninhabited national park (55.8 square kilometres or 21.5 square miles) and forestry plantations. The southern end of the island has been intensively urbanised as part of the Moreton Bay Region, the main suburbs being BongareeWoorimBellara and Banksia Beach. A bridge from Sandstone Point on the mainland was completed in 1963.

The name Woorim may be derived from the Kabi language word wurama meaning red backed sea eagle.

WW2 Bunker ….if you don’t own a 4WD you can walk from Woorim Beach to the fort, but be warned, the long, sandy trek of approximately 20km is not for the faint of heart. You could also park at the northern end of White Patch Esplanade and hike through the national park .

The first Bunker is approximately 2 kms from Woorim Surf Club and easy to walk to…It is currently closed to the public and only accessible from the beach. The Bribie Island Fortifications were constructed from 1939 to 1943 as part of the systems of defence of southeast Queensland during the Second World War, and to provide artillery training for Australian soldiers for overseas service. Other fortifications were also apparent throughout Moreton Bay during the war, at Caloundra and on Moreton Island at Cowan Cowan Point and Rous, which together with the existing installations at Fort Lytton, provided a coordinated series of defensive batteries for the region

Moreton Bay Wetlands

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Russell Island Ooncooncoon Bay at Low tide

Moreton Bay Marine Park protects a vast array of marine habitats, plants and animals. Covering more than 3400km2of open and sheltered waterways and dotted with islands, Moreton Bay Marine Park includes some of Australia’s premier wetlands. Extensive mangroves and tidal flats support and shelter fish, birds and other wildlife. Sandflats provide roosting sites for migratory birds and seagrass beds nurture fish, shellfish, dugong and turtles.

Moreton Bay Wetlands

In 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar, representatives from 18 nations signed the Convention on Wetlands of International Significance (known as the Ramsar Convention) to stop global loss of wetlands, and to conserve and sustainably manage remaining wetlands. Moreton Bay is one of Australia’s largest sites listed under the Ramsar Convention.

The wetlands of Moreton Bay are extremely varied and range from perched freshwater lakes and sedge swamps on the offshore islands…

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Stradbroke Island Tour

We were met at Dunwich Ferry by Stradbroke Island Kingfisher Tours and in the 4WD vehicle we went on the day tour. We drove through Dunwich and then went on the Brown Lake Road towards Brown Lake.

A natural perched lake, pure rainwater tinged brown by the native teatrees, Brown Lake, or Lake Bummiera, is a hidden treasure. There are barbecue and picnic facilities and easy road access just 3.5kms outside Dunwich. Popular swimming place and picnic spot. The lake is visible from the carpark. The calm tranquility of the lake is entrancing, especially if you visit in the early morning or late afternoon. In spring, wildflowers dot the surrounding bushland. Lake Bummiera has special significance to the local Aboriginal people, and if you visit at a quiet time of day you’ll feel the magic

One of the 2 largest and most sacred lakes on the island. Both Kaboora and Bummiera are acknowledged as being the home of an extraordinarily huge carpet snake. It’s spirit resides in both lakes with the jargon attributed with being able to travel from one lake to another. The old Quandamooka people cautioned those that swam and skied on the lakes, so sacred were these lakes that old people would not approach them without a special acknowledgement

Then we drove to Main Beach for a drive on the sand to Point Lookout where we had lunch and a look from the surf club before driving on the sand to the Gorge.

Finally we went looing for a Koala and then drove on the sand to Amity Point before returning to Dunwich for the ferry back to Cleveland.

Brown Lake Stradbroke Island

A natural perched lake, pure rainwater tinged brown by the native teatrees, Brown Lake, or Lake Bummiera, is a hidden treasure. The lake itself is a prominent part of the landscape for the people of Quandamooka, particularly the Dandrubin-Gorenpul and Noonucal Aboriginal groups. They associate Brown Lake with women and children, where only women are allowed to speak for the natural wonder and are responsible by law to care for and manage the lake and its resources. Brown Lake is one of the two largest and most culturally significant lakes on Stradbroke Island (it’s also known as Bummiera, alongside its counterpart, Kaboora). It’s thought to be home to a large spirit snake referred to as Yuri Kabool. The spirit snake is said to be able to travel from one lake to the other without any hindrance

Legend has it that the Quandamooka people warned against visitors swimming in the lake without approval from the elders as the natural pools of water needed to be approached with special acknowledgement beforehand. Elders would sing out before visitors got too close to the waters and made them stand back to wait for a sign that they could approach – usually, this signal came in the form of calm waters.

To the local community, this ritual of stopping, singing out, and waiting for a sign became common practice when approaching either of the two largest lakes on Stradbroke Island, including Brown Lake, in order to show respect for Yuri Kaboo, the spirit snake.

Today, the lake is still imbued with a fascinating cultural history that spans generations, but it is also a popular hotspot for visitors looking for the perfect place to picnic or soak up the spectacular scenery that this part of Australia has to offer. The picturesque backdrop that surrounds the lake lends itself perfectly to a day spent kicking back, relaxing, and enjoying some fresh food. After that, you can explore the native bushlands and the other popular attractions on North Stradbroke Island

Sunrise at Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay is a coastal town and locality in the Wide Bay–Burnett region in Queensland, Australia. The locality is split between the Fraser Coast Region and the Gympie Region, but the town itself is within Gympie Region. In the 2016 census, Tin Can Bay had a population of 2,242 people.

The locality of Tin Can Bay is bounded on the east by the Great Sandy Strait, a pristine waterway protected by World Heritage listed Fraser Island. The area is a Ramsar Convention Wetland of International Importance and an Important Bird Area of Australia. The town is located on a peninsula between Snapper Creek and the Great Sandy Strait

The town was originally called Wallu, but was changed to Tin Can Bay in 1937.[6] The origins of “Tin Can” are uncertain, but is believed to be derived from an indigenous name, possibly ”tinchin” meaning ”mangrove” in the Yugarabul dialect of the Yuggera language.  European settlement began in the 1870s as the point where logs would be floated to the timber mills at Maryborough. Tin Can Bay later became, and still remains, an important fishing port, with a focus on prawns as well as recreational fishing.

An important tourist feature is the regular arrival of wild Australian humpback dolphins which usually appear early mornings next to the Norman Point boat ramp. These dolphins can be hand fed under close supervision. Bird watching is another popular activity as Tin Can Bay is home to a wide variety of birds

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