Saturday 25th January – Stradbroke Island
Australia confirms its first case of the coronavirus—a Chinese national who flew into Melbourne on a flight from Guangzhou on January 19.
Bronwen and I spent the morning chopping up fallen down tree in the back yard and stacking it into a pile of sticks.
We left home at 2:20 and drove to Cleveland, catching the 3:25 PM Gold Cat over to Stradbroke Island, and then the bus to Point Lookout. We arrived at “The Shed” around 4:30.
We went for a walk along the beach and took Wallace (the Mavic Mini drone) for a few flights—the first time he’s really been properly used. It was quite windy so he couldn’t get very high before having strong wind warnings.
Sunday 26th January – Stradbroke Island
North Gorge Walk
Bronwen and I went for a walk along the North Gorge Walk and tried taking Wallace for a flight, but it was still quite windy.
Dolphins at South Gorge Beach
We went for a snorkel at South Gorge Beach in the afternoon. The surf was very large, and I broke one of my flippers when waves bent it backwards. At one point two huge dolphins swam within a couple of metres of me, while we were inside a small crevice in the rocks that was only as wide as the dolphins were long. It was quite scary.
We spent the evening wandering around the beaches.
Monday 27th January – Australia Day
Bronwen and I took Wallace down to the beach and climbed some cliffs and played around with drone photography.
In the afternoon we went for a walk to North Gorge and found that the ocean had washed up a nice amount of sand into North Gorge and a lot of people were swimming there, so Bronwen went for a swim while I took Wallace for a flight and tried to take some nice photos with him.
After lunch we took Wallace for a fly above some rock pools we found, before packing up “The Shed” and catching the 5:55 PM Gold Cat back to the mainland and driving home.