Moreton Bay Queensland

islandMuddy waters around Macleay

The recent floods have turned the beautiful blue Bay to Brown Muddy Waters.

The Logan River has emptied to the sea, and the mud has made the Bay brown. It does not affect the sea life as the salt is only weakly dissolved, so though brown in color, the sea is still salty. Makes a muddy slushy trail behind the ferries

Moreton’s Bay’s iconic sea life is being threatened by an increasing amount of mud settling in the water, Brisbane researchers say.

Key points:

  • Area of mud at Moreton Bay doubled over past 45 years
  • Mud now covers more than 50pc of bay’s floor
  • Sediment suffocating seagrass that attracts turtles, dugongs

A survey conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Queensland has found the area of mud in the bay has more than doubled in the past 45 years.

It now covers 800 square kilometres or more than 50 per cent of the bay’s floor — a significant jump from the 400 square kilometres observed during the last major survey in 1970.

UQ researcher James Lockington said the extra mud was suffocating the abundant seagrass in the bay, which is responsible for attracting some of the region’s larger marine life, such as turtles and dugongs…………………………………………..

Macleay Island

Macleay Island is another island in Moreton Bay. Travel by ferry from Redland Bay Marina to the Islands. Macleay Island is the for the islands where many different types of artists live and create. The Arts complex provides a base for courses and a centre for art shows and displays.

The Golf Club caters for golfers and also has a kitchen and restaurant and there is a friendly bar and poker machines. The golf Cub has 4 active sections· Women’s Golf · Men’s Golf · Junior Golf · Veteran’s Golf.  The Bowls Club located on the west provides amazing sunsets as well as meals and a very lively bar. Both clubs have courtesy cars that will collect you from the jetty or home and return you when you are ready to depart.

Sunset at the Bowls club

Melbourne Cup Today 2 November

On the first Tuesday of November, each year the whole of Victoria, and a huge part of the rest of Australia have a holiday and a gamble on the Melbourne Cup which is run at 3pm Melbourne Time. My birthday is November 3rd, so often my birthday falls on Melbourne Cup Day too and I can combine the two events usually by taking people to the races and having a Race Party.

The Melbourne Cup is special because for twelve years I was a florist and did the floral decorations for the Radio Station 3DB who gave me free entrance and parking at the races for race week. This meant that I was able to attend every race meeting in great style especially after I went to share ownership in a racehorse, and became a member of TROA and able to attend their functions as well as my own. I remember the beautiful clothes I had with hats to match. As a florist I created many floral hats for the races and was delighted to see my hats floating around Flemington and Caulfield.

One Year I chartered  a boat and took fifty guests to the Race. My friend at the time had his own functions,  and I have been to the races by bus, by limousine, in a Rolls Royce, by boat and once in a helicopter. Mostly I travelled in my own florist Van with ‘Marguerite Creative Florist’ on the side, carting arrangements, corsages and garlands for the winning horses.

After my Florist business ended, I never went to Flemington again. I followed the races for a while but today I only remember and dream of the Hats I used to own and wear.

I always bet on the horses but only once did I win anything memorable.

I took another florist to help on a particularly busy session, and Connie was overwhelmed by all the action and the people she was meeting. She kept asking for tips… There was a 2 horse race that year. Gunsynd and I cannot remember the other. Gunsynd was going to be the winner and the odds were almost even in his favour. Connie comes to me all excited wanting to know what to back. I loftily told her “There’s only one horse in this race…’ Connie had just backed the other horse for $100.

To cut a long story short, Gunsynd came second and I am sure Connie was the only person at the races who backed the other horse. She came back waving handfuls of money. Chortling with “Only one horse in the race eh??”

Boat Ride to Stradbroke Island

Lady Caroline

The Lady Caroline is a boat built for the Community by students at BYC Cooperative, and currently it is based at Russell Island. Every Thursday a small group enjoy a boat ride. Today the Boat went to Tipplers Licensed Café at South Stradbroke Island.

It was a beautiful day and perfect for the water. The Lady Caroline is moored at one of the private jetties at Wahine Drive Boat Ramp. The Community Bus transported the group here and we boated along Canaipa Passage past Stradbroke Island …Russell Island, 3km by 8km, is separated from North Stradbroke Island by Canaipa Passage and extends down almost as far as Jumpinpin Bar between North and South  Stradbroke Island

Pelicans were on Sandbanks preening and enjoying the beautiful Day. W saw them on the way there and again on the return trip where they were collected on the sandbanks

Tipplers is a popular resort and the waters were lined with some very expensive water craft. Its a popular lunch spot and as well as luxury motor boats, there were jet skis and small fishing boats. Tipplers is just past Jumpinpin and the slippery sands

We went back along Stradbroke Island where the white sand meets the ocean on the other side. Erosion has taken place along the sands and many trees barely hang in there by their roots. The constantly moving sand has created colourful patterns on the edges. The trip from Russell island to Tipplers takes 2 hours at a steady pace. It was a very relaxing outing and enjoyed by us all.

Toogoolwah Queensland

Toogoolawah is a rural town and locality in the Somerset Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Toogoolawah had a population of 1,279 people. Toogoolawah is in South East Queensland. Toogoolawah is a centre for gliding and parachuting and in the past the centre of a dairying industry. The district was originally known as Cressbrook after the Cressbrook Station operated by James Henry McConnel. The town took its present name Toogoolawah from its former railway station, which was named in November 1903 using the name Tugulawah. Toogoolawah is derived from the Aboriginal words “dhoo” (a generic term for tree) and “goo/lawa”, meaning “crescent shaped” or “bent like a crescent moon“. The name probably referred to a tree with a deformed trunk which stood on the site in Bulimba

Toogoolawah Showgrounds is a quiet peaceful site situated on almost 40 acres on the outskirts of Toogoolawah township (population 960). There are large flat grassy areas to camp on with both powered and unpowered sites available with some having shade. The amenities are clean and well looked after and there is a dump point on site as well. Fresh water is available and the powered sites are easy access. The camp managers are on site and are friendly and approachable and I had excellent WIFI access and phone coverage.

Toogoolawah is within driving distance to Somerset dam and the showgrounds are adjacent to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. The Ramblers Drop Zone (sky diving) and Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield are both only short distances away from the showgrounds.

Nanango Lions Park

Marguerite Carstairs Lions Park Nanango Qld.

I stopped here and while here had the red-light come on in my campervan. I called RACQ and was sent to a Radiator place where the mechanic flushed out my radiator, $150, and also told me my head gasket had ceased and would cost $3,000 to fix and the job would be a couple of weeks. He would have to send it to Brisbane to be shaved. I called a friend who told me he can get it fixed for much less as a mechanic friend owed him many hours, and all I had to take the vehicle to Ipswich for it to be done. Would you believe, my campervan has now been at Ipswich since, and I have been without wheels for almost 3 months.

The name Nanango has evolved from the Wakka Wakka word “Nunangi”. There is dispute over the origins of the name Nanango- the word means “large watering hole” or was also the name of a local Aboriginal elder at the time of settlement. The original settlement was called “Noogoonida” by the Aboriginals, meaning “place where the waters gather together”

The original inhabitants of the area were the Aboriginal people belonging to the Wakka Wakka (or Waka Waka) people. The area was used as a gateway to the bunya nut festivals, where Aboriginal people would travel from as far away as the Clarence River in northern New South Wales and the Maranoa River to feast on bunya nuts from the bunya trees. Nanango claims to be the fourth oldest town in Queensland, but such claims depend on how the age of the town is determined. In some cases, this is by the first settlement (usually for pastoral purposes in or near the eventual town) or it might be date of survey for a town plan. Nanango’s claim to be fourth oldest is based on the first establishment of commercial premises (e.g. store or hotel), which is Goode’s Inn in 1848.

Nanango is a beautiful town. It is well kept, neat and attractive. There are a few caravan parks and they appear reasonably priced and the shopping centre offers a variety of different shores. Nanango also has a vigorous cultural and sporting life and is host to several potteries, Art Gallery and many craft outlets. The town also has many clubs and a range of sporting facilities including an RSLbikedarts, golf, lawn bowling and archery clubs. There are 13 well-maintained parklands in the Shire which naturalists believe are home to 250 different bird species.

Hervey Bay Sunset

I was staying at the Scarness Caravan Park and was on the beach when there was all these people coming to the sands and lining up at the beach. They were here to see the sunset, so I stayed too

Watch the pastel blues slowly turn to pinks, oranges, reds and yellows as the sun sets on paradise for another day. And if you’re a true romantic, you don’t have to worry about the crowds either. There is heaps of room to spread out along the kilometres of coastline, a few popular spots being Shelly Beach, Torquay Beach and Scarness Beach. Who doesn’t love to watch the sun go down over the water? It’s the perfect place to clear the mind and the perfect place to spend the afternoon here in Hervey Bay.

Mt Perry Queensland

Mt Perry lookout

Mount Perry settlement began in the late 1840s with the taking up of large sheep grazing stations, mining activity began in the 1860s and the discovery of rich copper deposits led to a mining boom. Today there is still mining activity in the town. Mount Perry is a small town and locality in the North Burnett Region in south-eastern Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Mount Perry had a population of 538 people.

The town is nestled in a valley near Mount Perry, the area’s highest mountain. The Normanby Lookout is located on Normanby Range Road off Towns Creek Road from the Gin Gin-Mount Perry Road and offers views of the Mount Perry Township and the surrounding countryside. Schuh’s Lookout is on Schuhs Lookout Road off the Monto-Mount Perry Road at the top of the range, offering views south of Mount Perry

The locality takes its name from Mount Perry pastoral run which was named in 1857. Originally there were two private towns known as Fife-Barnett and the town of Tenningering. Tenningering was renamed Mount Perry on 14 January 1915. There is a Caravan Park here, sites from $35, and a great café which seems to be popular with locals as well as travellers and workers from the active goldmines whose company drives a bus load down for lunch. There is a Community Centre, a Hotel and the Showgrounds with camping at $10 and $20 for powered. I stayed at the Showgrounds with its beautiful treed walks and open buildings for shelter and shade, and hot showers and public amenities. Mount Perry has an art gallery and a bicentennial museum with active historic gold stamper (demonstrations on request). There is a government-run health centre and a 9-hole golf course. There is a general store, petrol station and post office (with bank agency), a primary school, motel and a hotel.

Mount Perry is a rural farming area, primarily for raising cattle. Gold mining continues as an important industry. Evolution Mining owns and operates Mt Rawdon Mine which is a gold and silver mine with annual community tours. Mount Perry has historic copper workings. The Mount Perry Race Club runs horse racing events

Gin Gin Free Camp

I parked the car and after a quick explore packed up for the night. Woke up to a misty morning. The camp was all misty and magical with everyone asleep and just the misty morning dew to keep me company

The camp is situated on the Bruce Highway right next to the Service station…walk for a coffee and food…the township is just past the turnoff. Its a very handy location for travellers. There are picnic areas, and paths and with the tall trees and the shady areas its a very beautiful park well maintained and well serviced with fresh water and also a free coffee when the Driver Reviver is active. This is an excellent central stopping place when travelling north….next stop for me is always Calliope or Rockhampton and Apple Tree or Childers when driving south. This time a friend called and I took the turn off and went to Mt Perry, which is another interesting place to visit.

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