Straddie, October 2015

Straddie (Minjerribah) in October is a good time on the island.

The whales are still going south, the birds are nesting, the flowers are out, and the water is warm enough.

We saw plenty of Grey Kangaroos and many birds including parrots, friar birds, eagles, gannets and kites. Off the Point there were manta rays, turtles and the largest pod of dolphins ever. Since August 2014, a lot of sand has arrived from northern NSW and found itself in North Gorge, on Deadman’s and Cylinder.

Friends saw koalas bounding like dogs beside their 4-wheel drive at night followed by some furious rutting late into the night to keep us up!

sand
Sand under a microscope

On the downside sand mining continues apace. Next to Fraser and Moreton Islands, Straddie is one of the largest sand islands in the world (the second largest?). Yet no sign to the end of the destruction of the high dunes at Yarraman and Enterprise mines as shown in the photos. I have been coming here for over 50 years yet no government has had the good sense or guts to stop it. Is all that rutile worth the destruction of an aquifer and beautiful bush?

We pay respects to the Quandamooka mob who have looked after country for millennia.

Ian Curr
October 2015

Here are some pictures I took (click on images to get a big surprise) and watch out for ‘Duck on Blue Lake’, the second one 😉

Yarraman Sand Mine
Yarraman Sand Mine (The board of Consolidated Rutile said it would be closed by 2013,
Seventeen mile beach
‘Seventeen mile’ beach ( my name, after the swamp near it)
Yarraman
Yarraman mine – see if you can spot the trucks working the mine. For years the miners took sand off this part of Straddie for construction purposes (deemed by the courts to be illegal).
Enterprise Mine (made even bigger under Bligh and Newman governments)
Enterprise Mine (made even bigger under Bligh and Newman governments)

The use of dredge mining dramatically changed the landscape of Stradbroke. To establish a dredge mine the high dunes are levelled and vegetation is stripped to create a dredge pond. The dredge is continually moving, leaving behind the tailings sand as it progresses. While the dunes are regenerated the original ecology of the Island cannot be replaced. — Colin Sweett, ‘Lines in the sand: a history of mineral sandmining on Queensland’s Barrier Islands’, BA (hons) thesis, University of Queensland, 2008

Sand blow behind Point Lookout
Sand blow behind Point Lookout
South Gorge and main beach
South Gorge and main beach
Main beach and blowhole
Main beach and blowhole
Yarraman
Yarraman
Grevillea near 'the Ledge'
Grevillea near ‘the Ledge’
Blow hole at Point
Blow hole at Point
Straddie
Lighthouse on the Point (at right)
Straddie in October 2015
Lighthouse and water tower at the Point
Straddie in October
Eastern Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive
Grevillea near 'the Ledge'
Grevillea near ‘the Ledge’
Grevillea near 'the Ledge'
Grevillea near ‘the Ledge’
George Nothing Drive
George Nothing Drive
Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive
Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive
Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive
Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive
Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive
Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive

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Blue Lake
Blue Lake
Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive
Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive
Blue Lake
Blue Lake
Duck on Blue Lake
DUCK … on Blue Lake

Straddie

Duck on Blue Lake
Duck on Blue Lake
Blue Lake
Blue Lake
Lizard at Los Nidos
Lizard at Los Nidos
Lizard at Los Nidos
Lizard at Los Nidos
Blue Lake
Blue Lake

One thought on “Straddie, October 2015

  1. Pamela Curr says:

    Glorious Straddie reminding us of real beauty

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