After we left the Brisbane River we entered Moreton Bay; a huge bay named by Captain James Cook on his 1770 voyage up the east coast of our continent. This bay is quite sheltered due to 3 large islands that are parallel to the coastline, Bribie, Moreton and Stradbroke. Then there are another 297 islands that dot this region. Some are inhabited but many are not and our cruise would now take us past, between and around many of these islands.
|The Tangalooma Flyer which goes between Brisbane and the resort on Moreton Island|
On the mainland side (starboard) we cruised past Wynnum and Manly, Wellington Point, Victoria Point, Cleveland and Redland Bay communities.
One of the first islands that we encountered in Moreton Bay was the infamous St Helena Island on which was built a penal colony for the 'worst of convicts' who endured a pretty horrific life. Escapes were thwarted by the sharks that were very plentiful in the bay. It is now a National Park and does a 'roaring trade' with school groups' excursions. There are also night time tours which are said to be quite scary, lol! To land on St Helena, you have to be part of an organised tour and they are very strict about this. (the company whose cruise we were taking are a group that take tours there) Now it so happens that on board with us that day, was a ranger and he took over the commentary as we went past St Helena island.
|The ranger tells us about the harsh conditions that prisoners on St Helena lived under|
|He demonstrates a beating with a cat o' ninetails on the volunteer crewman. (it was made of rope not leather and he didn't really hit him :-) )|
As we came towards Cleveland we passed a small island known as Peel Island. This was originally the site of a quarantine station but from 1907-1959 it was a leprosarium, for the isolation and treatment of people who had contracted leprosy.
As we neared the Redland Bay area, suddenly there seemed to be islands everywhere; Macleay, Russell, Lamb and Coochiemudlo Islands are just some of the inhabited islands in this area. The channel is very narrow here and is marked with the usual red and green markers. (green marks the right side of the channel and red, the left side leaving the harbour/dock etc))
|Wynumn/Manly in the distance|
|Russell Island's electricity comes via pylons from the mainland...|
|Seabirds having a rest...|
|Many islands are mainly under water and have mangroves...|
|A trawler we 'met' not far from Stradbroke island...|
|A lovely 'wilderness' near the mouth of the Logan River|
|The southern end of North Stradbroke Island and the northern tip of South Stradbroke Island...|
|A close-up of Jumpin Pin between the 2 parts of Stradbroke Island (originally this was one island)|
In the next post I'll share some photos taken as we sailed towards the Gold Coast :-)