Sand, sand and sand. Oh, and sand.
30.07.2010 23 °C
So this is our last day in Queensland..in a few hours we leave for Byron Bay in the north New South Wales.
Monday saw us venturing to Moreton Island off the coast of Brisbane. Praying for glorious sun and warmth, the ferry dropped us off to a very grey and chilly island an hour and a half away from the mainland. We did start to wonder what we had gotten ourselves into. It was a like Bournemouth in December time..but more dissappointing. Nevertheless, we embraced what we had been given, which in this case is a very steardy 4x4 and driver with a talent in finding every pot hole there was to be found. The reason why it was needed? Moreton Island is a sand island, 99% sand..no rock, no concrete, nothing. The place is stunning though.
First stop, a deserted beach on the east of the island to wonder around..highlight of this? Spotting a bunch of migrating humpback whales off the shore jumping in the air. Amazing. Jumping back into the 4x4, we wizzed up to the lighthouse on the north point to try and get a better view. Apparently the weather had other plans, a massive rain cloud had moved in and the whales obviously decided that this was the place to be so no joy. Although we could see a few turtles having a swim around the rocks just below us.
As lunch was being prepared, we had the opportunity to have a dip in one of the freshwater lagoons. The sun was out, it was going to be great. To me, lagoon sounds like a tropical pool but apparently, it means very deep and very cold lake. I managed to leave any form of being brave on the sand and only made it up to my knees at which point my toes were so cold they were warm. Enough was enough and I returned to the very lovely and warm beach.
The afternoon was turning out to be lovely. We headed back to the landing beach for more of the same..sun, sand and VERY cold sea. I had learnt my lesson and chose to admire the sea with my eyes. A quick look at the snorkellers showed you either had to have a wetsuit or just be completely insane.