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Part G - Bay Islands

Part G - Bay Islands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Introduction to the Bay Islands

LARGE sand islands line the eastern side of Moreton Bay, sheltering it from the open ocean. The massive line of dunes is part of the same conveyor of sand carried by the current up Australia's east coast to the Cooloola Sandmass and Fraser Island deposits. In the southern half of Moreton Bay the sand islands protect the numerous smaller sand, mud and volcanic islands and the channels winding between them.

Many of the smaller islands are inhabited. Those that are inhabited have settlements which are no more than small towns. The towns in the middle of the bay are secluded residential areas with residents wanting to get away from it all, and long-term investors awaiting construction of bridges that will never be built. The settlements on the eastern North and South Stradbroke Islands are more geared for the tourism and holiday markets, with resorts and other tourist facilities servicing their relatively remote beaches.

From the mouth of the Nerang River, I head northwards along the western coast of South Stradbroke Island along its length. The south western end of North Stradbroke Island is completely closed to access, so I cut across several uninhabited islands to Russell Island, from where I explore the four inhabited islands of Southern Moreton Bay before crossing over to North Stradbroke and follow its western coast up to the top at Amity Point, 123 kilometres' trek from the Nerang River.

 
 
 
 
 

33 - Onto island wilderness

Hiking the Federation Trail to The Cut and crossing over to South Stradbroke Island where I follow the... more...

 
 
 
 
 

34 - Island hopping

Continuing north to near the top of South Stradbroke Island from where I cross several uninhabited islands... more...

 
 
 
 
 

35 - Mosquitoes and wreckage

Walking the length of Russell Island exploring several short walkways before heading across to circumnavigate the... more...

 
 
 
 
 

36 - Island with a heritage trail

Following the entire heritage trail around historical Macleay Island before heading across to nearby... more...

 
 
 
 
 

37 - Into the remote mangroves

Heading back to Russell Island and hiking along its northern coast before crossing over to the mangrove coast... more...

 
 
 
 
 

38 - Mudflats to civilisation

Trudging through unmarked territory through the North Stradbroke Island mangroves until eventually reaching... more...

 
 
 
 
 

39 - Sand flats between two towns

Exploring the beautiful mangroves and sand flats from Dunwich once more following unmarked territory to... more...

 
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25 Feb - 14 April

 

Gold Coast - Redlands

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27°40'S
153°20'E

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