Moreton Bay

""The Moreton Bay is a bay located on the eastern coast of Australia 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from central Brisbane, Queensland. It is one of Queensland's most important coastal resources.[1] The waters of Moreton Bay are a popular destination for recreational anglers and are used by commercial operators who provide seafood to market.

The Port of Brisbane coordinates large traffic along the shipping channel which crosses the northern section of the bay. The bay serves as a safe approach to the airport and reduces noise pollution over the city to the west of the runway. A number of barge, ferry and water-taxi services also travel over the bay.

Moreton Bay was the site of conflict between the indigenous Quandamooka people and early European settlers. It contains environmentally significant habitats and large areas of sandbanks. The bay is the only place in Australia where dugong gather into herds. Many parts of the mainland foreshore and southern islands are settled.

Moreton Bay is described as lagoonal because of the existence of a series of off-shore barrier islands that restrict the flow of oceanic water.[2] The tidal range is moderate at 1.5–2 metres (4 ft 11 in–6 ft 7 in) in range. Moreton Bay has an average depth of 6.8 metres (22 ft).[2] This shallow depth lets light filter through to the seafloor, allowing an array of marine plants to grow which support a diverse range of fauna. The bay itself covers 1,523 square kilometres (588 sq mi) and has a catchment area 14 times larger, covering 21,220 square kilometres (8,190 sq mi).[2] The waters of the bay are mostly blue in colour. Western parts of the bay are sometimes tinted green from algae, brown from suspended sediments or yellow-brown from humic runoff.[2]"

1. South East Queensland Regional Strategic Group (2000). Strategic Guide to Natural Resource Management in South East Queensland. p. 56. ISBN 0-7345-1740-8.

2. Dennison, William C.; Abal, Eva G. (1999). Moreton Bay Study: A Scientific Basis for the Healthy Waterways Campaign. Brisbane: South East Queensland Regional Water Quality Management Strategy Team. pp. 23–25. ISBN 0-9586368-1-8.


(Retrieved from March 23, 2017)

Cassim Island

Cassim Island at dawn as seen through the eyes of a 15 year old, whose feet were buried deep in a mud rich so in microbes only a waterbird would know how to truly love it. The new Toondah Harbour revised redevelopment plans would see this intertidal zone under concrete.

" I put myself into the world and change it"

Ian Strange, visual artist and film maker says "I don't make narrative films... I create interventions in real life, then document them and then exhibit the documentation...I am also really interested in the stories that sit behind...I put myself into the world and change it."

Retrieved from February 28, 2017

Tracking the Business of Transit to Minjerriba, Mulgumpin and SMBI

Friday 18th September 2015
• SeaLink Travel Group Limited to acquire 100% of the Transit Systems Marine business, including the renowned Stradbroke Ferries
• Purchase price of $125 million

Transit Systems Marine operates 33 vessels in Queensland at Gladstone, Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island. It operates contracted and non-contracted passenger and vehicular ferry services to Curtis Island, Moreton Bay Islands and holds a contract with the Queensland State Government to own and operate the Moggill Ferry on the Brisbane River. It also has a number of strategic properties, which will be acquired as part of the acquisition. The Transit Systems brand will not be acquired as part of the purchase.

Retrieved from April 19 2017

Stradbroke Ferries

Stradbroke Ferries commenced operations in 1964 and has provided a continuous link to the islands off the coast of Brisbane for over 50 years. Stradbroke Ferries operates passenger and car carrying ferries that service the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay.

Today the service operates eight vehicle and one passenger ferry and employs over 100 staff. The fleet is headlined by the Big Red Cat and Minjerribah passenger and car carrying vessels that service North Stradbroke Island. The business also operates the Moggill Ferry on behalf of the QLD Transport and Main Roads Department. Stradbroke Ferries carries approximately 280,000 vehicles and 1 million passengers per annum.

Stradbroke Ferries endeavours to provide its customers with:

A high quality, affordable transport service to and from North Stradbroke Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands;
A comfortable and enjoyable way to see the beautiful bay;
Exceptional customer service with polite and friendly staff;
Vessels presented to the highest standards; and
Impeccable safety, quality and environmental standards.

Retrieved from April 19 2017

June 2014 marks 50 years of service to North Stradbroke Island!

Stradbroke Ferries Pty Ltd has been providing vehicle and passenger services to North Stradbroke Island since June 1964, when the Company’s founding Directors identified the need for a regular vehicle transport service to the island, and in particular to service the mining industry.

The company originally operated one vehicle ferry, the Myora from Redland Bay to Dunwich on Stradbroke Island, however in 1972 the operations moved to Cleveland after the company completed extensive work on the present facilities at Toondah Harbour.

In 1987 Stradbroke Ferries commenced their vehicle ferry operations to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, which serviced the islands of Russell, Macleay, Karragarra and Lamb.

Tourism on Straddie first started to advance in the 1980s and the company identified the need to review its vessel configuration to ensure that it also catered for the growing tourism market. Just to name a few, this included the introduction of the Stradbroke Venture in 1987 along with the company’s first water taxi, the Spirit of Stradbroke. The Quandamooka commenced operations in 1994 and was upgraded in 1998 to provide on board café facilities for customers. In 2004 the Minjerribah joined the Cleveland fleet and this provided the company with the two largest vessels to operate in Moreton Bay.

In December 2011, Stradbroke Ferries was purchased by Transit Systems, a family owned Australian company. The company developed a single brand for the entire fleet operating to North Stradbroke Island, including the Big Red Cat and water taxi.

In November 2015, Stradbroke Ferries was purchased by SeaLink Travel Group, which is the largest marine tourism and transport company in Australia. The Moggill Ferry service, BITS (Bay Islands Transit) and Gladstone Ferries marine operation was also included in the acquisition of the Transit Systems marine business.

Today the company operates eight vehicle ferries and a 130 seat water taxi seven days a week, 365 days a year within Moreton Bay; this incorporates the five islands of North Stradbroke, Russell, Lamb, Macleay and Karragarra. April 19 2017

Map shows transit services line of travel to the islands. Retrieved from

Map shows transit services line of travel to the islands. Retrieved from

Kim WIlliams and 'things ineffably precious'

ABC Vodcast


Episode 6  – 13/03/2017

13 March 2017
Panellists: Mem Fox, Author; Martha Wainwright, Canadian Singer-Songwriter; Neil Armfield, Theatre and opera director; Ursula Yovich, Actress and cabaret singer; and Kim Williams, Author and former media executive.


Neil Armfield Co-director of the Adelaide Festival says the value of the arts is in purely economic terms is massive, filling the state coffers. The 2011 census tells us that 310 000 people have work in the arts nation wide.


Kim Williams states “The arts are absolutely at the heart land of a nations senseself confidence, a nations view of itself, a nations sense of its history as told through stories, music, through painting, through film and through television and of course through theatre.


And to in someway see this as being entirely about commerce reflects what I think is one of the most dangerous things in modern life, where we treat money as the measure of all things, rather than one of many measures.


Other things matter. Knowing one’s history matters. Knowing the nations sense of association with all of the rich diversity of people that repose here, and all the musics that those people comprise, matters. It is not capable of being reduced to some kind of financial argument. It is preposterous to treat everything as if in fact it is a reflection of some monetary transaction …


In relation to the argument that this should all be a sort of commercial destiny, I feel compelled to say ‘well why is that the case?’


Why is it the case where nations over time have invested very heavily, right back have invested very heavily in creative life, with a deliberate purpose to ensure that it is healthy and vigorous because they know it’s good for you. Why should that just be rejected and suddenly become part of a monetarist argument that has nothing at all to do with the underlying ecology of creative and intellectual life. These things are under constant attack….


These are things ineffably precious…..



Quandamooka Place Names, Jandai Aboriginal Language

Quandamooka Place Names, Jandai Aboriginal Language

Aboriginal place names for the small islands of the Quandamooka include:

Coochimudlo Island - Goochie Goochie-pa / Goochie mudlo

Fisherman Island - Andaccahl

Green Island - Milwarpa / Danggar / Tangeera

Karragarra - Karragarra

Macleay Island - Jencoomercha

Moreton Island - Moorgumpin / Mulganpin / Moaraganpin

Mud Island - Bangamba

North Stradbroke Island - Minnjerriba / Terangeri

Peel Island - Jercroobai

Russell Island - Canaipa

South Stradbroke - Curragee / Garaji

St Helena - No-gun/Nugoon

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Mulgumpin (Moreton Island)

Tangalooma is the resort on Mulgumpin (Moreton Island).

"Moorgumpin meaning 'place of sandhills' is the Aboriginal name for Moreton Island and Tangalooma means 'where fishes meet'


In 1950 the Australian Company Whale Products Pty Ltd was formed. Tangalooma was chosen as the site for the largest land-based whaling station in the southern hemisphere.


In June 1963 the Tangalooma Whaling Station was sold to a syndicate of Gold Coast businessmen. In 1980 the resort was purchased by a local Brisbane family, the Osborne's.


Retrieved from April 20, 2017

In terms of tourism, the Asian market has well and truly been cracked by the Tangalooma undertaking. Pictured here is the remaining whale flensing deck. Also Uncle Bob Anderson Ngugi elder, talking on Country about cultural heritage.

Economic Value of Mangroves

"Lorikeet Island is an art project that grew from kayaking with friends on moonlit nights. It is now an installation involving 9 data projectors and 2 sound tracks inviting the viewer to wade a little with us and share the dark flooded forests and the gold lit underworld. It was first installed at the Gold Coast Art Gallery, March 2012".

Artists and collaborators Alana Hampton and Marian Drew

The project catalogue explores the science of the island with 

Sally Kirkpatrick

Operations Manager, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, Griffith University.

She states

"The economic value of mangroves was acknowledged in a global study in 2005, in which Australia’s wetlands (saltmarshes and mangroves) were valued at $1.7 million per square kilometre(ii). A study in 1990 placed a value of $8,380 per hectare on the mangroves of Moreton Bay based on the market value of the commercial fish species caught during the study(iii).

(iii) Morton, R. M. (1990) Community structure, density and standing crop of fishes in a subtropical Australian mangrove area. Marine Biology, 105, 385-294.


Retrieved from April 20, 2017

Industry at the Mouth of the Brisbane River and Fisherman Island

Silos and sand, cement and cars, coal, electricity and cargo.

Redlands Tourism

"We established a new Redlands Tourism Subcommittee as part of our approach to supporting the local tourism sector. Establishment of the subcommittee is an action of the Redland City Tourism Strategy and Action Plan 2015–2020 [PDF 7.0MB], which was developed with extensive input from tourism operators.

The subcommittee's purpose is to be a forum of Council and local tourism sector leaders to strategically inform, guide and participate in key tourism activities to grow the local tourism economy. 


Retrieved from April 19, 2017

Image retrieved from  file:///Users/jo/Downloads/Tourism_Strategy_and_Action_Plan.pdf

Image retrieved from  file:///Users/jo/Downloads/Tourism_Strategy_and_Action_Plan.pdf

Sun, Moon and Tide

Sun, moon and tide and the intersection of these elemental forces enable the perfect photo of any shore line be that Cassim or Sandy Islands, Hot tips on digital links essential for good planning....

Tide times for Brisbane Bar - this is an essential year long pdf. Alternatively Moreton Bay BOM is provides a link to a four day forescast to the minute.

Moon Phases web link follow, but any old phone app will do...

Sunrise and sun set...


Moreton Bay Penal Folk Song


(Version as published by Robert Hughes in 1986)

One Sunday morning as I went walking, by the Brisbane's waters I chanced to stray,
I heard a prisoner his fate bewailing, as on the sunny river bank he lay;
"I am a native of Erin's island but banished now to the fatal shore,
They tore me from my aged parents and from the maiden I do adore.

"I've been a prisoner at Port Macquarie, Norfolk Island and Emu Plains,
At Castle Hill and cursed Toongabbie, at all those settlements I've worked in chains;
But of all those places of condemnation, in each penal station of New South Wales,
To Moreton Bay I've found no equal: excessive tyranny there each day prevails.

"For three long years I was beastly treated, heavy irons on my legs I wore,
My back from flogging it was lacerated, and often painted with crimson gore,
And many a lad from downright starvation lies mouldering humbly beneath the clay,
Where Captain Logan he had us mangled on his triangles at Moreton Bay.

"Like the Egyptians and ancient Hebrews, we were oppressed under Logan's yoke,
Till a native black who lay in ambush did give our tyrant his mortal stroke.
Fellow prisoners, be exhilarated, that all such monsters such a death may find!
And when from bondage we are liberated, our former sufferings shall fade from mind."

Goompee Foreshore

The southern mouth of the Rainbow Channel and its still deep waters, lap the sandy foreshores of Goompee (Dunwich) punctured by mining silos.

"In June 1827, Minjerribah was renamed Stradbroke Island by Governor Darling in reverence of the Honourable Captain J.H. Rous, son of the Earl of Stradbroke and also Viscount Dunwich.

Rous was the Captain of the HMS Rainbow, which was the first ship of war to enter Moreton Bay.

Governor Darling also named Dunwich, Rainbow Reach and the Rous Channel in their honour". 

(retrieved from


Moreton Bay Marine Park

"Where is Moreton Bay Marine Park?

Nestled in Queensland’s south-east corner, Moreton Bay Marine Park covers 3400kmÇ and stretches 125km from Caloundra to the Gold Coast. The marine park includes most of the bay’s tidal waters including many estuaries and extends seawards to the limit of Queensland waters (see map on pages 2 and 3).

The landward boundary is generally the line of highest astronomical tide (HAT). What’s special about the marine park? Moreton Bay is one of the largest estuarine bays in Australia and sits in an ‘overlap zone’ where tropical and temperate species mix".

Taken from Moreton Bay Marine Park User Guide pdf published by Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing

Black Light Installation


3 DEC 2016 – 17 APR 2017

Rotation 1: 11 June – 30 October 2016
Rotation 2: 3 December 2016 – 17 April 2017

'A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift' celebrates a decade of artworks acquired through the support of a single generous benefactor. Tim Fairfax's extraordinary commitment has brought major works by leading international artists into Queensland's Collection, for visitors to enjoy now and into the future.

Movement is at the centre of this exhibition: the movement of our own bodies dramatically framed by Tomás Saraceno's majestic webbed spheres, or reflected in the sublime geometry of Timo Nasseri's refracted universe or be mesmerised by Julian Opie's passing parade of humanity. 

'A World View' includes a new captivating light work by leading international artist Anthony McCall. Visitors step into shafts of intersecting light and are encompassed by the sound of breaking waves — an incredible sensory experience".

(Retrieved from January 30, 2017).