Sunday, August 3, 2014

Beautiful Stradbroke Island

Stradie as Stradbroke island is called by the locals is a beautiful sand island. Our friends Rob and Rae Rancie asked us to go over for the day. We took a large ferry, Rob drove their car on, then we went up on top of the ferry to enjoy the sunshine and the journey over. It was a smooth crossing that took almost an hour. Stradbroke is now home to the Nooncuccal, Nughee and Goenpul Aboriginal people who call it Minjerribah. The first European recorded sighting was in 1770 when James Cook named point look out. Today a lot of people vacation there, it is not a huge island nor fancy but it is popular for fishing, surfing, swimming, scuba diving and whale watching (this time of year). The day we were there we saw people doing all of the above except scuba diving. We even saw a surfing class. As a bonus we saw a kangaroo eating his lunch (grass) on the side of the road. We also enjoyed our lunch at a seaside restaurant while we watched the really large waves come in. We saw whales spouting, but none that came out of the water. In a few weeks we are going to another spot where they are migrating to to give birth. Beautiful scenery, beautiful beaches, beautiful day!

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