Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Brisbane's Best Kept Secret - Moreton Island [Ambassadors]

Today, Brisbane International Student Ambassadors explore
Brisbane's Best Kept Secret - Moreton Island

Do not have a 4WD?
On a tight budget?
Do not want a "touristy" holiday?
Enjoy having a local/native tour guide?
Interested in Eco-tourism?
Desire flexible itinerary?

If your answer is "yes" for most of the questions above
this may be the perfect tour for you!

Your ambassadors for today are - Sam, Christine, Elsa and myself!

We had a tour inside the MICAT cockpit

We arrived shortly on Moreton Island

We were picked up by Moreton Island Adventures in a 4WD
to our Bulwer Eco Lodge to dump our luggage
and went straight out for some adventures!


Notice the creek is dark brown
this is caused by Tea Tree plants (explained several posts ago)

Christine was overjoyed!

Champagne Rocks

Honeymoon Bay

Elsa and Christine jump in joy!

Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris)
aka Pipi Bird
Its a native Australian bird that feeds mainly on bivalve molluscs
which they pry apart with their long orange-red beaks
They appear in pairs and stop feeding (leads to death eventually)
when their partners are dead

Andrew shows us the pipi (eugaries/molluscs) that the bird finished eating

Tasty snack time!

Cape Moreton Light
marks the northernmost point of Australia
It is the oldest lighthouse in Queensland

Breath-taking view from the lighthouse

Also a popular whale-watching site (June-August)

Lunch time!

Here lies the grave of a 37-year old lady
She is frequently sighted at the house on the right (background) till today

Great place for meditation

Spotted a whale!

Endless clean white beaches is simply amazing

Sam tried to chase a wild pig at Spitfire Creek but failed

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
aka Red-backed Sea-eagle
primarily feeds on dead fish and crabs
they are also kleptoparasitic
meaning they steal prey from other birds
Fun Fact: It is the official mascot of Jakarta, Indonesia. India considered this kite as a contemporary representation of Garuda, the sacred bird of Vishnu. Langkawi island, Malaysia was also named after the bird.

Friendly Laughing Kookaburras outside our Eco Lodge
They are carnivorous and native to Eastern Australia

Little/Eastern Curlew (Numenius minutus/Numenius madagascariensis)
strongly migratory bird wintering in Australasia

BBQ Dinner

Om Nom Nom

Street Splice for dessert
I always have the original Pine Lime (since 1950s)

After that we went down to the beach for campfire

and exchanged Spooky Stories

Breakfast in our cozy Bulwer Eco Lodge

The Desert

We are going Desert Dune Sandboarding
(aka Sand Tobogganing)

The rawest form of glass

It was some awesome fun!

Lunch Time

Then its Snorkelling Time at the wrecks
We saw lots of beautiful coral formations, massive schools of fishes, sharks and turtles
The best part is when the Australia Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius) hunt around us
These crazy birds floats around us and dives into the water for their catch
occasionally resting on our floating butts

watch video here

Then it was time to go home...

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