Moon Eclipse at Russell island…

The first glimpse I had of the Moon rise was a hazy moon amongst the clouds…




The visual was very poor…the moon was barely visible. I decided to return home as I get a good view from there…



red Moon


The shadow started to move, but the bright light of the moon made the photos not so clear…

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I am afraid, I gave up here as the brightness of the moon was not making my photos clear, the clouds were making it hazy, and the mosquitoes had discovered my bare legs and ankle,s as well as my arms, so I apologize for the quality of these but it is a record of the eclipse..



Sunset Redland Bay Marina 15 April

I just made it to Redland Bay Ferry to catch the sunset of the Moon eclipse….I stood on the rocky pier that edged the Marina and in the now very cold winds, enjoyed the sunset while waiting for the eclipse to start.







It was getting very cold, and the west where the moon was to rise was covered in cloud.

I made the decision to return to Russell Island where I would be able to see the Moonrise from the Jetty…


Leaving Redland bay Marina in the ferry back to Russell Island in the last of the setting sunset behind the Jetty and pier..


The Ferry was surrounded by a circle of pink sunset…It was very beautiful traveling back across the sea..


Marina at Karragarra Island

This week there were many yachts moored at Karragarra and the other islands too…

This is arriving at Karragarra Island which is the next island to Russell Island







Safety from the Cyclones…….


The waiting shed at Karragarra Island with a beautiful garden at the Jetty





Many yachts are moored here. It is a protected area during the cyclone Ita period, as well as being Easter…


Jetty at Karragarra Island

IMG_2710There is a lot of sand here at Karragarra lately…they say its from the Gold Coast as the sandy beach has grown more golden

Leaving Russell Island in the Ferry…

Travel between the Islands and the mainland is by ferry. It is a beautiful journey over the water traveling from island to island until arriving at Redland Bay, the Marina on the mainland. This is leaving Russell Island…





Blood Red Moon 15 April….5.28pm AEST


A blood red Moon at twilight could be in store for Australian sky watchers tomorrow – weather and unimpeded views to the eastern horizon permitting.

The total lunar eclipse on 15 April is one of two for this year, and will begin before the Moon rises, says Dr Nick Lomb, consultant astronomer and curator, Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory .

While the eclipse will be visible from around the Pacific rim, those in the eastern states of Australia will see it around twilight. People in central Australia will see the tail end of the eclipse, while those in Western Australia will miss out altogether.

Lomb says a twilight total lunar eclipse is quite rare.

“Just as the Sun is setting, the Moon will be rising, and it will be totally eclipsed, which should be fairly spectacular,” he says.

But because the eclipse will happen so low in the sky, to see it you will need to make sure there are no trees, hills or buildings in the way.

“The essential thing is to have a really clear view towards the eastern horizon.”

The Moon will already be eclipsed when it rises at 5:28 pm AEST, but at that stage the sky will still be quite bright, warns Lomb

Below is the Moon of the 14th April… The night was like daylight with moonlight lighting up the world.It was very beautiful



An Artifact that survives in the Desert (Broken Hill)


Broken Hill is a wonderful city….

Originally posted on Baz - The Landy (Out and About having fun):

Broken Hill, Australia

Broken Hill is one Australian town that needs very little introduction. Growing from a small mining township in the 1880s it has developed into a large mining and tourism centre.

The town has been described as a living, breathing time-capsule – “an artifact that survives in the desert and waits to be rediscovered with its Art-deco shop fronts from a bygone age and many monuments throughout the town paying homage to the men and women who suffered and died so the town could survive.”

Our overnight stay has not provided us with much of an opportunity to truly explore the town or the nearby town of Silverton on this visit, but there are a couple of things worth knowing that puts some further perspective on the town.

The Great War visited Broken Hill on New Year’s Day, 1915, when two camel drivers loyal to the Ottoman Empire opened fire on…

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The Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound


Outback Australia…..

Originally posted on Baz - The Landy (Out and About having fun):

DSC_3316Wilpena Pound, set in the Flinders Ranges is approximately 430-kilometres to the north of Adelaide.

The landscape is breathtaking and dated to be over 800 million years old. The Flinders Ranges National Park offers a wide range of activities that you can undertake, including bush-walking and four-wheel drive touring.

And after a few days of driving, a rest and snooze under a River Red Gum might is on the cards!

Shaped like an amphitheatre, Wilpena Pound has an abundant range of wildlife, including emus, kangaroos, plenty of birds, and the endangered yellow footed rock wallaby.

There are a number of aboriginal art sites within the region, and the country is home to the Adnyamathanha people of the Northern Flinders Ranges.  Adnyamathanha meaning “hills” or “rock people” is a term now used to describe the Kuyani, Wailpi, Yadliaura, Pilatapa and Pangkala, the traditional groups in the Flinders Ranges.

Today many Adnyamathanha…

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Mapleton Falls National Park and Kondalilla Falls National Park

A stunning waterfall surrounded by remnant bushland
Away from the Sunshine Coast’s famous beaches, there’s a whole lot more natural scenery that’s well worth exploring. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland has a quiet, relaxing beauty and is littered with some wonderful little spots.

Roughly half an hour’s drive from Maroochydore and near the sleepy village of Mapleton, Mapleton Falls National Park is home to a remnant of the bushland which once blanketed the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Though nearby Kondalilla Falls National Park, with its beautiful rock pools for swimming, draws in plenty of tourists, Mapleton Falls are definitely worth a visit as well.

One can stay anywhere along the Sunshine Coast…all caravan sites appear to be around $36…..inland ones are cheaper…

Kondalilla Falls National Park

From Brisbane, the drive to the falls takes roughly 2 hours – travel along the Bruce Highway, then follow the scenic Glass House Mountains Road to the Landsborough turnoff and drive on to Montville. The park located about 4km past Montville and is signposted on the left.


If you’re planning to make a day of it I’d recommend spending the morning exploring the local craft shops and galleries in Montville and Flaxton. Stop off at the Penefathings Inn for a great lunch and to take in the mountain-top views.

Head on down the road to Kondalilla Falls after lunch with a packed afternoon tea. Stop off at the rock pools for a cooling swim and perch yourself on the lookout with your picnic and enjoy the view over the spectacular Obi Obi Valley. Visiting the falls in the afternoon means that you can avoid the midday heat when you are walking the rather steep route back up from the base of the falls.

On your way home don’t forget to pick up some of the home-grown produce from the road-side stalls – the macadamia nuts and avocados can’t be beaten.

Campsites Queensland


Sunshine Coast

Amamoor State Forest

Known for its riverine rainforests, hoop and bunya pine plantations and scenic walking tracks, Amamoor State Forest is 180 km north of Brisbane. Popular walks include a short path (with wheelchair access) to a platypus-viewing platform, a 1 km return rainforest walk and, for experienced hikers, the 4.6 km (4 hr) Cedar Grove trail. The forest is the traditional home of the Gubbi Gubbi, Wakka Wakka, Jinibara and Kabi Kabi peoples. The traditional owners maintain strong cultural links and strive to protect the land by sharing their culture. Advance bookings are required for all camping.

This campsite is located in Beerburrum State Forest

A 1 hr drive north of Brisbane, Coochin Creek camping area in the north-east of Beerburrum State Forest is a renowned spot for fishing and boating. It is close to the site of Campbellville, an 1880s timber town. To get here, take Roys Rd from the Bruce Hwy. Advance bookings are required for camping.

Peach Trees camping and day-use area

This is one for wildlife watchers: you can spot eastern grey kangaroos, possums and maybe even platypus near here, 45 km north-west of Kilcoy along the Kilcoy–Murgon Rd (access via Peach Trees Rd). Horses can stay overnight in the horse paddock beside Peach Trees; a registered horse trail passes through Jimna State Forest. Grassy sites are beside Yabba Creek, with a cold shower on site and drinking water from a tank (boil or treat it first). Bring your own untreated firewood.

How to book: NPRSR 13 7468 Permits: camping permit required

This campsite is located in Jimna State Forest

At the western edge of Upper Mary Valley, 140 km north of Brisbane and 40 km north of Kilcoy, this state forest has mountains, swimming holes and walking trails to keep visitors occupied. Bookings are required for all camping.

Gheerulla camping area

Gheerulla creekside camping area is 8 km north-east of Kenilworth, accessed 6 km north-east of Kenilworth along the Eumundi–Kenilworth Rd (4WD only). It is illegal to collect firewood from the forest, so bring your own wood for the BBQs on site, and bring your own drinking water as well.

This campsite is located in Mapleton National Park

Just over 100 km north of Brisbane, Mapleton is at the northern end of the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The area has magnificent bushwalks, picnic and day-use areas, and abseiling points. Trail-bike riders can make use of 26 km of circuits, provided you have a registered motorcycle. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk passes through Mapleton; the campsites at Thilba Thalba and Ubajee are for hikers only. Bookings are required in advance for camping.

Bribie Island….

A great opportunity to spend the day with the family catching up over a BBQ lunch.

We will head up past Toorbul and Donnybrook, then onto Mission Point and, weather & tide permitting, may enter Tripcony Bight.

We will make a stop to cook up some sausages on the BBQ and have a bite to eat before turning around and making our way back to Bribie.

Included in the price is Morning Tea, BBQ lunch with Bread Rolls & Salads.

Sunset Cruise

A trip to Bribie Island isn’t complete without a cruise aboard the Ferryman.  Experience the natural beauty of the Pumicestone Passage, see the majestic Glasshouse Mountains and visit many areas only accessible on one of our tours. Ferryman Cruises offers a range of Cruises of the Pumicestone Passage and its Marine Park and is also available for charter for your private function.  Whether it be a Chartered Service or a scenic cruise for a day out on the water, Ferryman Cruises has something for everyone. The Ferryman cruises up the Pumicestone Passage which runs between Bribie Island and the mainland towards Caloundra and takes in the shipwreck of the SS Avon, grand views of the Glasshouse Mountains, then the township of Toorbul, and follows the historic channel that Mathew Flinders found over 200 years ago – past Donnybrook. Download Our Map. Our Cruises are catered and include either Morning tea, Devonshire Tea, BBQ or Buffet Lunch or Dinner, and nibblies are provided on the Sunset Cruises.

The run in to Poverty Creek Camp site was definitely not suited to a road van.

White Patch on Bribie is the starting point for the trip in to Poverty Creek. It was bitumen to White Patch,then things change dramatically.


The track from White Patch to the camp site was 7 km of soft sand and in places deeply rutted. We had done a reconnaissance trip on the Thursday before taking the van in to ensure that it was ok.

We did need to drop the tyre pressures on both the car and the van for the sandy conditions (as you must do ).


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