Sandy Beach Sailing

I went to Sandy Beach to see the Yacht Club were having a sunset sail. That sounded great so I stayed to watch the yachts and maybe even get a sail on one of them. The first to arrive was the multi colored sail


There were 2 other yachts…but the owners said they tip over so I decided against a sail because of the Camera which I would not like to get wet.

When the multi colored yacht came in, the three yachts lined up and took off for a Yacht race. The black dog rolled in the sand, the kids disappeared, two people were fishing, and leaving a deserted beach I went home


Sandy Beach Russell Island

Russell Island Jetty Panoramas

Russell Island Jetty

Standing on the Jetty ..left to right.

Left to Jetty

Jetty to Right

These were full 360 degree panoramas

Full Panorama

Full Panorama Facing the water

Beautiful Russell Island

Remembrance Day Service at Russell Island RSL Club

Remembrance Day Panorama

Remembrance Day Service at Russell Island RSL

Russell Island RSL

IMG_6795 Pastor Fred and Margarite

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Raising the Flag IMG_6819

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Remembrance DayRemembrance Day

Remembrance DayRemembrance Day

Pastor Fred and President AnthonyRussell Island Choir

Remembrance DayRemembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Sunset from Russell Island Boat Ramp

This is not the best view for the sunset….maybe for the sunrise, as the Ramp is located almost on the corner and at this time of the year, the sun is setting further to the west…almost in front of my own place.


It gets dark quite quickly, and soon the view was darkening, but the sunset glow was always in the corner

sunset panorama Boat Ramp

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Boats on the BayYachts

There was no sign of life anywhere…one catamaran had a guy closing up for the night, the passenger ferry came in and left, and above freewheeling sea eagles soared catching the wind.

I decided to return to my home for the sunset….as the light was just not good

Sunset Russell Island Ramp

BoatRamp to the Jetty

Sandy Beach Russell Island

Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach Panorama

Sandy Beach is at the Southern end of Russell island…the only sandy beach on the island which is mostly mudflats

Sandy Beach Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach Panorama

Russell Island has the highest bushfire risk of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, with the majority of the island being identified as having a high to very high bushfire risk.  The properties at greatest risk are those located at the southern end of the island in the Sandy Beach and Rocky Point areas.  There is a large area of inaccessible swamp south of Glendale Road which is boarded on the eastern side by the Sandy Beach community.  If the prevailing winds during a bushfire event are from the south or west, they are likely to drive the fire towards the at risk properties.  The main power line from the mainland supplying power to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island also runs across this area, putting the power supply to these islands at risk.

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Flood prone, storm tide and drainage constrained land mapping has identified the potential for storm tide inundation to have significant inland penetration during a severe storm event which has the potential to isolate communities on Russell Island.  Communities located at the southern end of Russell Island such as those at Sandy Beach and Rocky Point are particularly vulnerable.  For the Sandy Beach area on the south eastern tip of Russell Island, indications are that the primary access road – Glendale Road, could experience flooding to the west of Jingella Avenue effectively isolating the entire area

Sandy Beach Panorama

RSL Presidents Dinner Russell Island

The meal was held in the newly finished outdoor area which has now been enclosed and creates a fabulous Summer dining area complemented by a painted wall depicting the sands and landing of Gallipoli.

RSL President Anthony and wife KatrinaRon and Pauline

All members were wearing their medals.

Valuks  Submarine

Welcomed by the President

President  Peter Battle

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DSCN0209DSCN0215DSCN0225Mark Edwards

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Dinner was Filleted fish or Eye Fillet with vegetables followed by Sticky Date Pudding or profiteroles

I enjoyed the steak and the custard filled chocolate profiteroles with cream

Maggi Eye Fillet with gravy

Birthing Pool at Gympie Queensland

Birthing Pool Gympie

The trend of having babies whilst immersed in water, is not new.

The Australian Aboriginals were doing exactly this for many years.

The birthing pool at Gympie is surrounded with red jaspar rocks, now worn down and rounded through many years of use with areas just right for different birth positions and waiting.

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Birthing poolbirthing pool

Deep in the forest where the river flows. women would have walked the river bed until they reached the birthing pool where they would have participated in ritual ceremonies with an elder presiding. The natural fresh flowing spring water provided healing and soothing with energy from the surrounding rocks and the overhanging trees and shrubs.

Jaspar rocks smoothed with water and timeOverhead canopy

Mt Bauple Queensland

Mt Bauple has always fascinated me. Today the weather was fine and dry so the road was open. The only open anything there was the Museum…

Mt Bauple MuseumMt Bauple Museum

An unfriendly man showed me to the door..I asked to take a few photos, which I did

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The park’s main purpose is to protect the area’s exceptional scientific values. Mount Bauple shares its name with the bauple or bopple nut, the local name for the nut from the commercial Queensland nut tree Macadamia integrifolia

Then I went looking for the caravan Park. It was an area next to the road with a patch of grass and no facilities.

It looked dry and dull and lonely… I drove on to Tiaro where I stayed the night.

I was told there that Mt Bauple died a few years ago after a lady complained about a camper, and she caused enough trouble for everything in the town to close. Today there is no shop, no tea room, no business of any kind…just a Museum.

The town is trying to rejuvenate their tourist trade but with nothing to see, do or attend, no shops, no petrol, no services, it will stay dead until something happens to start up again. You cannot even get to the mountain..the Museum man said it was closed to the public…

Mt Bauple promises more than it has to offer..and they need friendlier staff at the Museum if travelers who do visit, decide to overnight there…

Mount Bauple National Park (Scientific) will be valued for
its exceptional scientific and cultural heritage values. The
park will remain unaffected by built environment and recreational
or commercial activities so that natural processes
can continue unaltered by inappropriate human interventi
on. Habitat will suffer minimal damage from pest plants
and animals or unsuitable fire regimes.
Researchers will continue to use the park for scientific purpo
ses. It will remain a valuable resource for this function
because plant and animal diversity and behaviour will ex
ist in a natural and largely untouched state.
Mount Bauple National Park (Scientific) is located 35 km
south of Maryborough in Queensland and covers 547 ha
(Appendix A, Map 1). Situated in the South East Queensland
bioregion, it is surrounded by farming lots, and there
are several state forests within a 10 km radius. These in
clude the Gundiah State Forest, Tiaro State Forest, Bauple
State Forest and the Glenbar and St. Mary groups of stat
e forests. Glenbar National Park is the closest national
park and is located 16 km to the south-west.
Public access is by permit only and generally for scientific
or cultural purposes
The park protects two regional ecosystems of conservati
on significance (Table 3). Open forest containing remnant
hoop pine
Araucaria cunninghamii
is listed as of concern under the, as
is the Ara
ucarian microphyll to notophyll
vine forest understorey, which additionally has
a DERM biodiversity status of endangered.
Mount Bauple has special significance to the Butchulla
and Kabi Kabi people. Traditional Owners have a keen
interest in the management of the park and have a desire to participate in practical ways.
In the past, the mountain was a source of materials fo
r making implements and people lived on the slopes in
winter. There are many story strings, so
ng lines and dreaming paths connected to
the mountain, but it is unclear if
any physical evidence of this cultural heritage remains on
the park. Mount Bauple and its surrounds were the site of
timber-getting and graphite mining before 1935 and these ac
tivities may have led to the destruction, depletion or
removal of Indigenous cultural heritage artefacts. Traditional Owners have indicated their desire to locate and
protect any physical evidence that might remain.

Gympie Lions Park … off Bruce Highway Gympie

Gympie Park IMG_6403

As I was driving along, I turned into the park on the right of the highway next to the Information Centre.

Here there were beautiful ponds full of birds..ducks, moor hens, black swan, also turtles.

IbisBlack Swan

ducks with youngMoor hen

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Gympie ParkGympie Park

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