Leaving Macleay Island

I am leaving Macleay Island on the ferry. I will fly to Cairns, and then take a Bus to Laura to work at a Cattle Station…

Blacksmith at Stradbroke Island

Blacksmith at Stradbroke Island

During the Arts Festival at Stradbroke Island.. I attended a workshop with Henk Dogger and learnt how to make a Hanging hook. There were 4 other people also learning and it was a very interesting experience.

Coke is used in the fire and there was a second heating box where we placed the hook while waiting for our turn. We all experienced the art of the blacksmith and were able to take home the completed hook

Sunset over the Sea

Sunset over the sea as Dolphins play in the water

I was on the Ferry from Redland Bay returning to Macleay Island when the sunset began. Because the ferry was crowded and I was squashed into a corner, I just watched the sky color and other passengers taking photos with their mobiles. Then suddenly the ferry stopped and everyone started looking to the side. There were dolphins there and the captain had stopped the ferry so the passengers could enjoy the dolphins. So out came my camera and I joined the crowd.

I could barely see the dolphins. A lady kept pointing them out to me. I was happy enough to take photos of the sunset.

Picnic at Woody Point Qsld

Woody Point Beach and Park

Woody Point is a coastal suburb of Redcliffe in the Moreton Bay RegionQueensland, Australia.

There are three headlands along the eastern coast of the suburb. At the southern tip is Woody Point (27.2630°S 153.1038°E), also known as Ningeryoun, first marked on a 1840s survey map by James Charles Burnett. Further north are:

Its a very pretty picnic area, park and bay with views across to Woody Point. Woody Point’s Apex Park & Bicentennial Park were constructed by reclaiming land along the foreshore in the 1970s. Across the road is Bells Caravan Park, a fish and chip shop and an Op shop and residential apartments. There is a pleasant walk, or run, from one headland to the other following the bay. Here a group, or should I say, a murder of very timid crows make their home alongside blue ringed pigeons and seagulls that were not interested in coming to the grass to check any action.

Crockatt Park and Pelican Park are both located within walking distance of Bell’s Caravan Park. Crockatt Park is about 1.5km to the east of the caravan park, nearby the shops and cafes at Woody Point. It features a playground and flying fox, along with BBQ facilities, toilets and shelters. Pelican Park is 1km to the west of the caravan park, it is home to a Visitor Information Centre and features a boat ramp and kids playground. Come by in the morning at 10am any day of the week to watch the volunteers feed the pelicans in Pelican Park

In 1799, Matthew Flinders landed on the peninsula and named the location Red Cliff Point after the colours in the cliffs. In 1823 the peninsula was selected as the site of Queensland’s first (and only) penal colony (Moreton Bay penal settlement) but, after arriving in 1824 to establish the colony, problems with mosquitoes and the resistance from local Aboriginals caused the colony to relocate up the Brisbane River in 1825, founding the city of Brisbane. Redcliffe developed as a small seaside retreat accessible only by boat from Brisbane while Woody Point was originally a banana plantation.

When the Hornibrook Bridge opened in 1935 (later replaced by the Houghton Highway and Ted Smout Memorial Bridge ), it linked Brighton, the most north-eastern suburb in the City of Brisbane, across Hays Inlet to Clontarf on the Redcliffe Peninsula. By improving the road connection between them, Redcliffe then became much more accessible and grew as part of Brisbane’s suburban sprawl

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Moonrise at Corroboree Park

Moonrise at Corroboree Park

I see the moonrise is at 4.32, and I rush down to Corroboree Park to see the moonrise. The sunset is beginning too, and the clouds hide the moon.

Then I see the sunset on the other side of the Island…and I run to try and get some of the sunset too.

I run through the Golf Club, but I have missed the color, and as I walk home, ahead is the glorious sky. I decide I have to find a new place to see the sunsets

Tweed Heads…Tweed Holiday Park

Tweed Heads…. Tweed River

I am now happily parked at Tweed Heads Holiday Park. Its a beautiful camp with the Tweed River to the East and Terranora Creek to the West where I saw this amazing sunset this evening

Tweed Holiday Parks Tweed Heads is situated on Terranora Creek adjacent to the calm waters of the Tweed River and is just a short stroll from the town centre. It features its own saltwater lagoon and private in-park boat ramp. This is the largest of the parks and features a year-round temperature-controlled swimming pool with an impressive waterslide, outdoor gym, sheltered barbeque facilities, tv room and camp kitchen overlooking the children’s playground, making it a popular choice for families who love the outdoors.

Walk the track to the Canal

Carved Surfers at Surf Club watch the Bay and horizon

There is a track behind the Kingscliff Beach Caravan Park that leads past the Surf Club to the Headland and canal and follows the river back to the other side of town which is where I stopped to watch the view. Its an gentle walk through Faulks park, or you can walk on to Cabarita and back…a distance of 11.9kms.

Faulks Park is a great park for both big and little kids.  For the bigger kids there is a flying fox, climbing net, basketball court (half) and plenty of green space to play ball games.  For the little ones there are swings, slides, a working water pump, tunnels, and balancing obstacles all wrapped up in a pirate ship.  Always good fun!! There are shaded picnic tables and BBQ’s as well as public toilets which makes it a great place for a family picnic or birthday party.  There is also beach access.

I walked on to the Headland where a Learn to Surf lesson was just packing up. In the canal there were swimmers doing laps. The walk continues along the river onwards.

I walked back along the water…

Sunrise and Sunset Kingscliff

Sunrise Kingscliff NSW

It was a dull cold morning with a sharp freezing wind that cut through my body as I walked along the beach beside the water. The sky was grey. I gave up and walked up to the surf Club where a small coffee stand was serving hot coffee and breakfast snacks and walked back to the Caravan Park. It was later that the sky shared some pink clouds, but the wind was there all day and it was freezing. Even the Melbournites were finding it cold today.

After a full day of shivering, I was loathe to go seeking the sunset, and was talking to the lady at the Office, when I realised the sky had changed color. This was a violent angry sunset and it certainly finished off the day.

It was a pleasant walk back along the walking track that leads from the Surf Club past the Caravan park through to the Bowls Club. I loved the solid carved wooden surfers looking out to the sea from the Surf Club like guardians of the Bay.

Sunrise at Hastings Point NSW

Sunrise at Hastings Point NSW

I am staying at the Hastings Point Caravan Park. Every morning, the sunrise opposite where I am camped, wakes me up and I pull on a jacket, grab the camera and head off barefoot, to walk the beach. Here the sunrise has always been spectacular and I walk down the sands to the Headland Rocks, and there are always groups of birds also enjoying the morning

To the left is the bridge where the Cudgera River meets the sea. If you like to fish you’ll love Tweed Holiday Parks Hastings Point. Overlooking a long sandy stretch of beach, as well as Cudgera Creek, the park’s secluded location offers a great combination for year-round swimming, surfing, and fishing. The park also features a new walkway access ramp from the park to the creek.

Every day the sunrise was different….

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