its been a while since mr Revthreads and myself took off for a night on South Stradbroke Island. Last year we noticed the destruction that was happening, people camping and leaving rubbish on the Island, so very sad. But to our delight we got there with our friend to find it fairly rubbish free and set up our usual basic camp. Once tent, swag and esky had been strategically placed the boys went off fishing while I sat on the beach and attempted to paint the view. It was very quiet, only another 4 fishermen where camped on the beach, as the sun began to go down more boats came and anchored off shore and the boys returned from their fish feeding expedition. The beauty of this spot is amazing, so amazing not one sand fly would miss it for a moment. They were out in force, so much so they were able to negotiate their way around the DEeT thatwe used, every mm of DEeT free skin was bitten, but we carried on.
Straddie, It’s a place where you simply sit around the campfire, play a few tunes and have a drink or two. Mr Revthreads had another fishing attempt catching 3 fish but all needing to be returned to their rightful place. The sky was so clear the stars were bright. Now we have done this for a few years now, but we think it is used less, the rubbish was significantly reduced, grass was growing on the sand, but it was the fearless bandicoot that visited early on for a nibble, shortly followed by a wallaby that made us think. The wildlife had indeed never been so active during our stays. They came so close to our campsite and didn’t fear us at all.
The next morning we woke the sun was rising, the tide had started turning and within moments of having a cuppa the wallaby was back and not long after a huge iguana popped along to check us out, a beautiful dinosaur looking creature. Breakfast was had under his or her watch before we hopped in the boat and headed off to jumping pin for a wander.
The water was crystal clear and not too choppy, the sun was blazing hot and the sky blue, and we call this autumn? As we walked along the waters edge we saw a school of tiny silver fish, and I mean tiny, I imagine only a few days ago they were roe! Then a beautiful flute fish came to check us out, the ocean edge was teeming with life. Over at the bar a pelican strolled along the sand bank and a fisherman stood in the centre.
It was the first time we had visited and been privy to seeing the amazing life around the island, the topic of conversation is how fished out the area must be and why do people leave their rubbish on such a beautiful place. Australia is such an amazing place, but still some take it for granted. If we are going to encounter nature and enjoy the land we must look after it, we must protect both land and ocean, they really do hold some amazing secrets.