A stone's throw from Brisbane and with a linking bridge it was the obvious choice for a lazy Sunday outing and what fun it was. It took us just over an hour to reach. We parked and wandered off and within minutes we found ourselves on this long stretch of beach with people picnicking, swimming and playing ball games. It was a glorious winter's day and you can see it will take us a while to get used to the inversion of the seasons - by any standards this is some appealing winter weather !
We walked for miles and then sat down to a well deserved fish and chips - not just fish, but crab balls, calamari and copious chips. Just as it should be on any coastline.
In the afternoon we drove to a reserve and another beach which was not recommended for swimming. We kept finding these spherical balls of jelly and we were very curious about what they could be. On this beach we soon found out. We think they are the bodily remnants of blue jelly fish that have been washed ashore, but interestingly on a notice board going into this area we found that it was the hairlike pink seaweed that was poisonous and not the jelly fish.
We christened the beach Jelly Beach, as there were many Jelly blubber jellyfish to be seen washed up on the beach. They are the most common Jelly fish on the eastern coast of Australia and although they can sting they don't pose much of a serious risk. We walked much further to find some mangrove swamps and a small fresh water lake which was a bird sanctuary - we saw so many species it would be hard to put them all down but here are some of the bigger more memorable types !