We are having an Indian Summer here. There is definitely a change in the temperature. Most noticeable in the morning and evenings, but the days are hot with temperatures around the 30 degree C mark. This last 2 weeks past have been school holidays. The ferries have been packed with day trippers and there are a lot more yachts moored off the front beach.
We decided to take a drive on the mainland from where the ferry docks at Victoria Pt. down to the slipway at Redland Bay. We had heard that there was a cafe there and sure enough above an old boat house there it was.
image from Peicans Slipway Cafe
When we climbed the stairs we found that it had quite a view over the small harbour.
The big ferries from the southern bay islands dock here along with the barges.
This is where the police have their dock as well. The cafe is called Pelicans Slipway Cafe and as we sat there the pelicans flew in and out in a steady stream. (The land on the horizon is our island.)
This site sits at the entrance to the everglades that are situated at the bottom of the bay before you come to the Gold Coast which is a bustling metropolis. There were many recreational fishing boats in the main channel and all seemed to be catching fish.
There were also a stream of commercial boats using the harbour as well.
It was rather sad to sit there and realise that I was looking at the end of a way of life for a lot of people. Since we first discovered our island 30 years ago we have seen houses taking over the mainland shore. Now it is almost wall to wall houses all the way from Brisbane to Redland Bay. The next big developments are planned from Redland Bay down to the Gold Coast. This is rich farming land that is being covered with houses. This is going to effect those small scale fishermen who make their living in the everglades by catching mud crabs and some fishing.
One hundred years ago the main industry was oyster farming but all that was wiped out when a ship carrying munitions ran aground on Stradbroke Island. It wasn’t safe to move them so they blew them up and as a result the pacific ocean broke through making 2 islands. This changed the water flow around the bay, killing all the oysters. ( You can read the full story here.)
images Gold Coast History
As we sat having our lunch we watched the fishermen, who normally work alone, bring their boats in. The boats are wider and more shallow in comparison to other boats in the area and they have very big powerful outboard motors.
The men would drive them into the ramp and have the motor ticking over to keep the boat in place whilst they went and got the car (usually a big pick up) and trailer. This was backed into the water, handbrake on, back to the boat that they drove straight up onto the trailer.
So efficient. Not like those weekend boatie's who really don’t know what they are doing. It will be sad to see all this pass. When we get settled in our house I want to get a small boat with a motor and really explore all the waterways. I can't get in there with a sailing boat and the distances are too great for a kayak. This is a fascinating area to explore.