QLD - Moreton Island - Wild weather and big washouts = fun

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QLD - Moreton Island - Wild weather and big washouts = fun

Unread post by bigcheese82 » January 4th, 2011, 8:26 pm

Thought i'd post a few quick pics of our 6 day holiday to Moreton Island over the New Year Break. Unfortunately we spent most of the week under a tarp, but on the positive side we had plenty of booze so it all balanced out nicely :)

Two annoyances though:

1) a 5 minute 'mini cyclone' hit the campsite, ripping the brand new 3m dome shelter out of the ground, snapping the poles in the wind, and forcing us to 'redesign' the campsite with a large tarp.

2) After going through a big mud puddle near the Bulwer shops (all the backstreets were flooded), my alternator decided to cark it. It meant we needed to be snatched and then drop the clutch to get the old diesel going on our last day, and that by the the time we returned to our house i didn't have enough power for brake/indicator lights!

Alternator is now fixed.

In my entire life of camping at moreton, I'd never seen that much rain on the island, and the beaches were crazy. For those that know Blue lagoon, the water was lapping close to the top of the hill, and the parking lot was underwater!

It was still a fantastic holiday - a rainy day camping is better than a sunny day at work. Now, to wring out my liver.... :D

pre 'mini cyclone'
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post 'mini cyclone'
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hmm... now how do we get out of our campsite??
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This was about 3 hours before high tide:
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Eastern Beach
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The road to Blue Lagoon (honeyeater was closed)

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Mud in the alternator & diagnosis cut things short for a while
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She got us home though:
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We did two nice days though...

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...and there was lots of beer
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Tom - '99 105 HZJ105R GXL, manual, 2" lift, 305 Bighorns, snorkel, dual battery, uhf, fridge, 12,000lb Mako winch w/ synthetic, 6x HID spots

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Re: Moreton Island [QLD] - Wild weather and big washouts = f

Unread post by Foo » January 5th, 2011, 6:05 pm

You still had a good time despite the weather, that's what camping is about! :D

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Re: Moreton Island [QLD] - Wild weather and big washouts = f

Unread post by buffer » January 7th, 2011, 10:19 pm

Been to Moreton six tmes and i have never seen it like that, i have always enjoyed the island and what it has to offer except never been able to find the fish. Looks like you still enjoyed yourself.

Happy new year.

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Re: Moreton Island [QLD] - Wild weather and big washouts = f

Unread post by bigcheese82 » January 8th, 2011, 10:48 am

haha cheers guys! It was a great time and better than work haha
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Re: Moreton Island [QLD] - Wild weather and big washouts = f

Unread post by boomboom78 » January 24th, 2011, 8:01 pm

:thumb:

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Re: Moreton Island [QLD] - Wild weather and big washouts = f

Unread post by ggreenie » January 25th, 2011, 10:29 pm

No pics of the blue lagoon at the top of the hill?

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Re: Moreton Island [QLD] - Wild weather and big washouts = f

Unread post by TroopiePete » January 25th, 2011, 11:17 pm

Love the pics - any more?

I want to go to Morton sometime soon, should plan a trip I guess!

Question about the island - Barge where from?
Permits someone told me you get them on the Barge, or is it better to get them on line?
also where is the best place to camp?

As the cost is high I plan to spend 4 to 6 days on the island, possibly during my RDO's
Any one else interested send me a PM.
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Re: Moreton Island [QLD] - Wild weather and big washouts = f

Unread post by buffer » January 25th, 2011, 11:48 pm

TroopiePete
You have one barge which beaches near the tangalooma wrecks.
1. leaves from the brisbane river and it is called the Mi-Cat(huge) barge with all the mod cons, very smooth ride. You are required to pay for the barge and other related fees prior to the departure date and pick them up at the booking office once you arrive at the place of departure address as follows.
Moreton Island Ferries Pty. Ltd
P.O. Box 249
Wynnum Qld. 4178
Howard Smith Drive Lytton
Phone: (07) 3909 3333
Fax: (07) 3895 1015
Website: www.moretonventure.com
Used to be two barges but the Combi trader which departed from scarsborough and beached near Bulwer has been sold and discontinued its service.
Hope this will help you and yes it is a very nice place to visit.

Cheers Buffer :thumb: :)

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Re: Moreton Island [QLD] - Wild weather and big washouts = f

Unread post by bigcheese82 » February 22nd, 2011, 7:53 pm

ggreenie wrote:No pics of the blue lagoon at the top of the hill?
Hey mate, no decent photos as it was bucketing down when we got there (didn't want to take the camera).

All I can say is that it wasn't blue! It looked more like Honeyeater lake - brown with all the teatree dye...
Tom - '99 105 HZJ105R GXL, manual, 2" lift, 305 Bighorns, snorkel, dual battery, uhf, fridge, 12,000lb Mako winch w/ synthetic, 6x HID spots

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Re: Moreton Island [QLD] - Wild weather and big washouts = f

Unread post by bigcheese82 » February 22nd, 2011, 7:55 pm

TroopiePete wrote:Love the pics - any more?

I want to go to Morton sometime soon, should plan a trip I guess!

Question about the island - Barge where from?
Permits someone told me you get them on the Barge, or is it better to get them on line?
also where is the best place to camp?

As the cost is high I plan to spend 4 to 6 days on the island, possibly during my RDO's
Any one else interested send me a PM.
Hey Pete - we just got ours online. Much easier to get it all together at once. Just remember to print them off :p

BTW - because of the cost, you really don't want to go any less than 4 days. Amazing place!
Tom - '99 105 HZJ105R GXL, manual, 2" lift, 305 Bighorns, snorkel, dual battery, uhf, fridge, 12,000lb Mako winch w/ synthetic, 6x HID spots

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Re: Moreton Island [QLD] - Wild weather and big washouts = f

Unread post by 89 swb jack » March 4th, 2011, 9:42 pm

Wow looks amazing mate!!
Me and my family are heading there in 2 weeks and man after looking at your pics I can't wait to get over there!!!
If you cant get through or over it,go back and take a bigger run up!

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Re: Moreton Island [QLD] - Wild weather and big washouts = f

Unread post by bigcheese82 » March 5th, 2011, 8:49 am

89 swb jack wrote:Wow looks amazing mate!!
Me and my family are heading there in 2 weeks and man after looking at your pics I can't wait to get over there!!!

Well hopefully you have some awesome sunny weather. If you get a chance, head up to Yellow Patch and check out Yellow Lagoon... This year it was quite brown, but last year it was fluorescent blue... Not quite yellow haha
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