Taken For Granted
Have you ever noticed how you tend to take your local area for granted?
Think about why you moved to where you are now. Most likely you moved to your current location because of work, or to be closer to family.
Some of you lucky buggers may have set up camp where you are now because you’ve retired and were looking for the quiet life.
We originally moved to the north side to be closer to family, the by-product of that move was that now we live half way between the city and the Sunshine Coast.
It’s a quiet-ish suburb with all the amenities you might need: Doctors, supermarkets, cinema hospital and public transport. It’s also one of the best take off points for sight-seeing. Mt. Mee, Montville and other such places are just a short ride away, as are coastal suburbs like Woody Point and Scarborough.
Alas, like most people, when you become familiar with a place, you tend to take it for granted. It’s after you slow down while on holidays that you realise how beautiful a place can be.
Bribie Island is like that; it’s about 30 minutes north of where we live. Sadly we don’t head up that way much, so we don’t get to enjoy its offerings as often as we should.
Most of the 148 km2 (57 sq mi) island is national park or government sponsored conifer plantations, and even though there are about 15,000 or so people living on the island, the residential area isn’t likely to expand further than what’s already been allocated.
Its one of the few places close to Brisbane that hasn’t been over developed.
In 1963 an 830m (2735 ft) long bridge was constructed over the Pumicestone Passage, joining the island to the mainland. This made it easier for Brisbane-ites to access the island on weekends and during holiday season. It quickly became a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
The island has a lot to offer, everything from surfing, fishing, camping and bush walking; and when you get sick of all that, you can kick back on the beach at Woorim on the east side of the island and wave to all the people over in New Zealand.
How cool is that!
There are a couple of small (village like) shopping precincts along the passage foreshore where you can grab a bite and either sit at the tables provided along the street, or head over to the parkland and have an impromptu picnic.
You can BYO* if you like too, electric BBQ’s are available for use for free, as are preparation areas and picnic tables. A friend who lives on the island tells me the locals use them instead of slaving in the kitchen at home during the summer.
I could get used to having dinner along that foreshore. What an atmosphere.
Happily, I’ll be spending more time on the island in the future…. but I’ll leave that yarn* for when it comes to fruition.
- BYO: Bring Your Own
- Yarn: Chat, discussion
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