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Travel guide Moreton Island


St Helena Island - Hell hole of the South Pacific
By Faye Lillie

  The crudely-dressed officer in tatty blue overalls, gun slung around his waist and feet shod in cracked leather boots, marched us two by two, across the island. It was 1904 and we were marooned in a place known as “The Hell Hole of the South Pacific.”  We were insulted, humiliated and whipped by our unrelenting taskmaster, and the strange thing was, we were enjoying the experience. Few people would imagine spending their Sunday afternoon in such a way, let alone paying for the privilege. But it's all part of the experience on a fascinating historical tour of St Helena Island in Brisbane's Moreton Bay. Established as a penal colony in 1867, St Helena Island functioned as a men's high security prison for more than 60 years, and housed some of Australia’s har... Read more

Moreton Island magic
By Damien Condon

It’s not all about city living in Brisbane, especially with the sub-tropical playground of Moreton Bay and its islands glistening on the city’s eastern fringe. Moreton Island in the bay’s north is home to Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort nestled on the mainland side of the island, the city skyline reaching like fingers towards the sky in the west. Jump on one of the resort’s three dedicated vessels and cruise along the pristine waters of the bay and make your way to as much action as you can handle… or just while the day away on ‘island time’. Jump in a four-wheel-drive or on a quad bike, go kayaking or snorkel around the wrecks just off shore their rusting frames jutting out of the water like crooked teeth. The resort offers heaps of self-con... Read more

The wild side of Brisbane's bay
By Shaun O'Dowd

  The first thing that strikes you when hand-feeding a wild dolphin is the size of its teeth. Long, large rows of them swivel towards your hand as you hold your little bait-fish under the water. My companion was unsettled. Standing in knee-deep water, she was sufficiently alarmed to fumble with her fish and drop it. The dolphin carer standing with us gave her another fish and encouraged her to put her hand below water. My companion mustered her courage and did so. The dolphin swam gently forward and took the fish with the utmost care. "It was as though she knew you were uncomfortable," the dolphin carer said as we returned to the beach. The dolphin we met was known as Shadow and was a member of a bottlenose dolphin pod that inhabits Brisbanes Moreton Bay. Shadow plays &q... Read more

 
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