We decided to stay at the Silver Shores caravan park situated on the main land near the bridge the entrance to Bribie Island. The reason to choose this park was because it is alongside the boat ramp with easy access to the estuary. Once checked in our host was most helpful guiding me onto the site, which turned out to be a wonderful position with the van facing east, as such we had sunshine into the annex all day long, a bonus.The caravan park fees were reasonable at $26.00 per night for a seven-night stay, a quiet park with approximately 80% permanent residents, another retirement accommodation area, most neat well-designed residences.
Once set up we walked the area to acclimatise ourselves, near bye was a coffee shop overlooking a marina, a fish & chip shop, which we were assured the fish & chips were to die for and a magnificent hotel sitting high on a hill overlooking Moreton Bay, what a beautiful spot. We also checked out the Big 4 caravan park close to the hotel and it was a magnificent holiday resort with water slides, swimming pools, games rooms with plenty of areas for exercise. A wonderful family venue.
Time to launch the boat and try out the fishing in the area, first to check out the best area to fish, the Fish Brain app pointed to the bridge where a great variety of fish are caught this to be my destination. As I was launching the boat a fisherman was returning from a mornings fishing upon asking about his catch he said after three hours not a bite. Undaunted I made for the bridge where there was another fisherman already anchored there, this must be the spot. Anchor down lines baited and cast under the bridge now patience. After four hours fishing both the outgoing and incoming tides under the bridge and near a sand bar only one decent bite, which took my line and nothing else. Nor did I see anyone else catching fish. The boat retrieved and located back on the rhino roof rack where it will stay for the rest of our time here.
After a relaxing morning we decided to try out the hotel for lunch, this is an up-market hotel their restaurant very nicely appointed, we decided to eat outside to take in the wonderful scenery, the food was excellent and the venue relaxing. In front of the hotel is a very large grassed area and at the water front a jetty, which will moor several visiting boats and close to the Hotels seafood restaurant on the water’s edge. After lunch we drove over to Bribie checked out the golf courses drove around the marina and headed to the ocean beach where we walked the beach, a relaxing afternoon.
Days Four, five, six and seven.
During this time, we walked the bridge to Bribie Island to the village overlooking Moreton Bay, checked out the market, had the fish and chips, a local specialty and then along the beach walkway back along the bridge to the van, a nine-kilometre walk. We also returned to the hotel and spoiled ourselves with a seafood platter just delicious and enjoyed a coffee or two at the mariner coffee shop. In all we had a very relaxing seven days doing very little. Bribie Island, some statistics. Bribie Island is the smallest of three sand Islands sheltering the northern part of Moreton Bay. The others being Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. The name Bribie originates from the Aboriginal name Boorabee meaning Koala bear. Bribie Island is 34kilometre long and 8 kilometres wide, the ocean beach facing the coral sea is a great fishing and four wheel driving recreational area, the golf courses are challenging and very popular well supported by local residents, there is an excellent mariner with properties at very reasonable prices many with a floating berth. Bribie Islands population is approximately 17000 growing at a very slow rate. The indigenous population is some 1.6%. If we decided to move north Bribie Island would be high on our preferences.
Monday 19th August.
Today we drive to Esk to visit Fritz & Christiana, Fritz recently had his 77th birthday, which was on the 7th of the 7th a rather special day enjoyed by us all. Once again, we were made very welcome enjoyed some wonderful food and much talk catching up on family matters and a multitude of other subjects.
Tuesday 20th August.
Today we head to Marburg to once again look into the leak in our Daughters swimming pool but first to the Girls Café for lunch food is always great here. On arrival to our daughter’s property we found that the water level in the pool was just below skimmer box and after some advice from a friend I filled the pool and started the filter system, bingo the leak identified. With the concrete dry it did not take long to see water coming from the filter. All that was needed was to tighten a pipe fitting, but as I did one of the glued sections gave way bugger. A trip to Bunnings, glue, pipe and a joiner purchased repair complete. This meant an overnight stop at the Marburg show grounds to allow the glue to set.
Wednesday 21st to 28th August.
Back to start the filter and check for leaks, all working well no leaks. However, I noticed some damage to the wall at the end of the pool and it needed repair. Some two hours later the repair complete and an excuse to visit the Girls Café for lunch again.
Now on our way to Tenah Marah to Tracie’s home a few more jobs to help out with and time to spend with our grandson’s. All jobs complete, time to watch the boys play soccer and take in a couple of movies. Tracie took us to the old rail yards in Brisbane now transformed into a wonderful botanic garden, Roma Park, created by the landscape Architect Colin Campbell. What a marvellous transformation and considering that it was only created 10 years ago it is well established. The paths meander through 16 hectares of gardens with water falls and creeks, which make their way to large ponds. There are lawns where one can just sit and relax or play games with the family and picnic areas with barbeques for public use, the odours coming from the barbeques got the gastric juices running with Indian, Asian and the good old Aussie sausage and onion filling the air. When in Brisbane this is a must place to visit.
Wednesday 28th August to 3rd September.
Our goodbyes to Tracie and the boy’s and on our way to Pottsville to catch up with Bevan & Cathy at their favourite caravan park. The Pottsville North caravan park. The caravan park has good size sites is quiet, has new clean amenities and is just a short walk to the village, beach and Bowls club, a great place to stay. At $36.00 per night for a seven night stay we thought quite reasonable. Chris & Glenys Leighton also joined us at the park and we all enjoyed the walks along the beach, the many visits to the café bakery, dinner at the local pub via the courtesy bus, great food, and a game of golf at Chinderah. We once again caught up with Howard & Rhonda and in all had a relaxing time here.
Pottsville is situated on the Cudgera Creek, which runs parallel with the beach, the beach is white fine sand and wonderful to walk along however swimming here can be quite dangerous with powerful rips. The population is around 7000 with many new and modern homes a very tidy area. It is close to Tweed Heads a major city with all facilities and soon to have a significant hospital servicing the area. The climate here is very pleasant all year round. This caravan park has recently introduced a full payment for forward bookings even if twelve months out, naturally very few if any are making bookings for next year.
Wednesday 4th to 10th September.
Our next stop Lennox Head, the caravan park borders Lake Ainsworth a fresh water lake fed by an underground spring with a short walk to the ocean beach, another beautiful area. Bevan & Cathy who were also at the park recommended this location a great choice. A seven-night stay was $40.00. a night.
Once again large sites both grassed and some with concrete pads clean modern facilities and close to shops, café’s, restaurants and hotels. We again walked the beach and to the headland a strenuous walk but worth the effort as the views were excellent. We tried out several of the local cafe’s but our favourite place was the life saving club just opposite the park. Great coffee and food, friendly service. There are now some twenty fires raging in both southern Queensland and northern New South Wales all out of control. Eight of these fires lit by teenagers caught by the authorities as they boasted of their stupidity on facebook. The CFA have done a marvellous job in that few properties have been destroyed and no lives lost, however one fireman has serious injuries let us hope he fully recovers. The smoke from these fires is covering a huge area including Lenox Heads and is now becoming quite uncomfortable. Lenox Head has a population of approximately 8000, Patrick Rafter one of my favourite Aussie tennis players lives here, it is a marvellous relaxing place to stay and is ideal for hang gliding off the point and surfing.
Our next stop Red Rock.