Parts of Brisbane have been inundated with water as an unusually high tide hit the city’s low-lying areas, including the Moreton Bay Island…..
The tide is due to the first full moon of the year and the extra pull it has on the world’s water.
Russell Island Jetty under water at King tide
The Bureau of Meteorology’s tide predictions for Brisbane had Wednesday’s high tide hitting 2.75 metres, which was the highest tide prediction for 2018.
The king tides occur when the Earth, Moon and Sun are aligned at perigee and perihelion, resulting in the largest tidal range seen over the course of a year. So, tides are enhanced when the Earth is closest to the Sun around January 2 of each year. They are reduced when it is furthest from the Sun, around July https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_tide
Tides are the movement of water across Earth’s surface caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon, Sun, and the rotation of Earth which manifest in the local rise and fall of sea levels. Tides are driven by the relative positions of the Earth, Sun, Moon, land formations, and relative location on Earth. In the lunar month, the highest tides occur roughly every 14 days, at the new and full moons, when the gravitational pull of the Moon and the Sun are in alignment. These highest tides in the lunar cycle are called spring tides
The highest tides in the world can be found in Canada at the Bay of Fundy, which separates New Brunswick from Nova Scotia. At some times of the year the difference between high and low tide in this Bay is 16.3 meters , taller than a three-story building.
It was an interesting sunrise over Ooncooncoon Bay at Russell Island. The rains are around, and the dark storm clouds made shapes and colors in the sky.
I sat with a friend and we watched the colors change in the sky as we sipped a cold bubbly as the mosquitoes searched for a delicious drink too..
Amazing clouds shaped and formed straight ahead over the Bay…
I was camping at Woodford for the Woodford Music Festival, and saw this beautiful sunrise on the 26th December.
Woodford is a small town in Queensland, Australia, on the D’Aguilar Highway 72 km north-west of Brisbane and 24 km west of Caboolture. Its local government area is the Moreton Bay Region. The town is noted for its folk festival that takes place over the New Year holidays.
The Woodford Folk Festival is held in the town in December each year. In 2010 and 2011, the Australian music festival Splendour in the Grass was held in Woodford in the same location as the Folk Festival. The Aboriginal cultural event, the Dreaming Festival, is also held at the same site. One of the sporting events in the town each year is the Woodford Annual Fun Run for Peace, which is organised by the Anglican Church.
My balcony on the Cruise ship Pacific Aria, gave me first view of the sunrises and sunsets as we cruised along, and this was the first morning at Cairns…
The Cruise ship overnighted at Cairns where I met with Ralph and spent the first day exploring beautiful Cairns.
Cairns is a city in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. It is on the east coast of Far North Queensland. The city is the 5th-most-populous in Queensland and ranks 14th overall in Australia.
Cairns was founded in 1876 and named after William Wellington Cairns, Governor of Queensland from 1875 to 1877. It was formed to serve miners heading for the Hodgkinson River goldfield, but declined when an easier route was discovered from Port Douglas. It later developed into a rail head and major port for exporting sugar cane, gold and other metals, minerals and agricultural products from surrounding coastal areas and the Atherton Tableland region.
There are many restaurants and shopping areas here as now there is a Cairns Cruise Ship Port where the cruise ships come to and tourists are able to also tour the hinterland.
The Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal is Cairns’ newest and most impressive function, event and exhibition space. Located on the Cairns Waterfront and beautifully restored, this heritage listed wharf shed, has been transformed into a modern facility offering practicality and style for your event, exhibition or function, while retaining the class and appeal of its rich history.
What used to be mudflats at Cairns, is now a beautifully designed Sandy Beach complete with showers, water features and relaxing areas attractive to tourists and travelers. The mud is still there, and a haven for the many seabirds that live along the coast.
Bats have made their home in the fig trees adjacent to the Library, and at dusk and dawn is a noisy chorus of bat song as they prepare to fly off in the evening, or return at dawn.
Sunrise, and the sunset were taken from my cabin on board Pacific Aria. The sunrise as we came to the Whitsundays, and the sunset as we left..
Then the sunset as we were leaving Hamilton Island…
The Pacific Aria cruised from Brisbane to Hamilton Island. The ship moored out and tenders took us to Hamilton Island for the day. It was beautiful seeing the morning sunrise from the ship
It was great having a balcony on the ship. I was able to see everything in front of me day and night, and I enjoyed the solitude. The tenders took us to the Island, and I was lucky to meet two travelers from Argentine to spend the day with.
Hamilton Island is one of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia, close to the Great Barrier Reef. Most of the car-free island is covered in bush land, and the coast is fringed by coral reefs. Tours offer up-close sightings of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and kookaburras. Trails lead up to Passage Peak in the east, with views of the surrounding islands. Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia. It is positioned approximately 887 kilometres (551 mi) north of Brisbane and 512 kilometres (318 mi) south of Cairns. It is also the only island in the Great Barrier Reefwith its own commercial airport
Hamilton Island was purchased in 1975 by Keith Williams and Bryan Bryt. In 1978, Keith Williams commenced construction of Hamilton Island Harbour and the resort complex shortly after. The resort opened in phases between 1982 and 1984. In 1985, a fire destroyed most of the central portion of the resort complex, which was completely rebuilt by 1986. The current Whitsunday Holiday Apartments opened in 1986 followed by the current Reefview Hotel in 1990. In 1992, the resort was placed in receivership and between 1995 and 2003 it was owned by BT Australia and managed by Holiday Inn for a portion of that time. In 1999, the five-star Beach Club opened.
Bob Oatley an Australian winemaker and his family purchased Hamilton Island in 2003. Bob Oatley first noted the potential of the island when he cruised past the island aboard a yacht when Keith Williams was in the early stages of the development of the resort. Following an investment and development program the Oatley family now offer holiday destinations there
From the Jetty, there is a free tour bus that comes every hour to tour the island. It takes you up to the Lookout climbing some very steep roads, and back via the Hotel complex to the Jetty. There is a shopping centre with a Supermarket, ice cream parlor, restaurant, and a few tourist shops. The marina is crammed with expensive yachts and the island has spectacular views.
There seems to be a ‘deadness’ in the island. There were no birds, or wildlife and this may be the reason…the wildlife has been culled for tourism..The hotel foyers were packed with serious, almost sullen, faced tourists waiting with bags for departure. The bus driver told us, he can transport over a thousand tourists a day to the airports, so people are always on the move here…and he is one bus.
In September 2016, it was reported by news media outlets that the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) had issued Damage Mitigation Permits(DMP) which resulted in over 1,000 animals being culled on Hamilton Island between November 2014 and May 2016 by the Resort’s operator. Over 18 months the cull resulted in the death of 599 common brushtail possums, 393 agile wallabies, 36 pied currawongs, 35 sulphur crested cockatoos, 3 torresian crows and 1 laughing kookaburra.
At least two major films have been on location at Hamilton Island, Muriel’s Wedding (1994) and Fool’s Gold (2008). Hamilton island was the holiday location in the 1999 movie Sabrina, Down Under, sequel movie of Sabrina Goes to Rome, both movies extending from the popular TV series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
Drinking water is provided by a combination of rainwater harvesting and seawater desalination. A reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant was commissioned in 1996 and can supply up to 1.3 million litres of potable water per day. The plant’s seawater intake is driven by two vertical turbine pumps installed on a purpose made jetty. Waste brine is discharged to a pit where it gravitates to an ocean outfall away from the seawater intake