Easter among the Tangalooma Wrecks
Posted by yachtcamomile
A bit late but this is the story of our Easter Adventures.
Good Friday we motored out of the Brisbane river and sailed across Moreton bay, which is about the size of Poole harbour, to Sandy Hills on Moreton Island. Already anchored there were Chris and Cate with their teenage daughters Grace and Sarah in their yacht Equinox. Chris has been our guru on every thing to do with the Australian coast so it was great to be able to follow them around for the weekend and have him show us some nice spots in the bay. We invited them over to Camomile for sundowners.
On the Saturday we dinghyed over to the beach and took a walk over the sand dunes. Moreton Island is largely undeveloped and most of the island is national park with walking trails. It’s hard work walking over the dunes. Drinks on Equinox in the evening.
Easter Sunday, after Lindt bunnies for breakfast, we spent all day sailing south further into Moreton bay where Chris led us into a nice little anchorage off of North Stradbroke Island. In true bank holiday style it started raining, which turned into an evening of thunder and lightening.
The next morning the rain had stopped and we took the dinghy into the little village of Dunwich on the island. Between the waterfront and the shops was a cemetery of great historical interest, for Dunwich was one of the first settlements in Queensland (then still New South Wales), receiving pine logs that had been floated down the Brisbane river for shipment to Sydney.
We wandered around the shops and stopped for coffee before heading back to the boat. On the way back we came across this ‘Garden Ornament’ shop displaying this amazing assortment of gnomes, statues and figures for the garden!
We spent the afternoon sailing north back up to Moreton Island but this time we anchored further up by the Tangalooma wrecks.
The anchorage was formed by the scuttling of workboats on a sand bank. There are 15 vessels ranging from dredgers to barges. Having been there 50 years they are now just rusty hulks but some coral has formed on them and there was abundant fish life. We spent a couple of day’s there swimming and snorkelling.
A resort has grown up near them, we walked around it but it was the closest thing we have seen to Pontins since leaving the UK. While we were sitting drinking our over priced coffees most people disappeared into the dining room for their full board lunch, which they queued for like school dinners!
Tuesday evening we had a combined BBQ on Equinox and said goodbye for the last time. Cate, Chris, Grace and Sarah headed back to the main land the next day. With another goodbye and not knowing whether we’ll ever see them again we said our farewells but we’ve learnt to say ‘never say never’ when you’re sailing. It was great to know you guys.