I went to the beach this week - some people I know are still swimming but I am a wus of the first order so I declined. We went for a drive on the beach which I still find a surreal experience. Can you believe that the noise of the surf is so loud that people can't hear you when you're driving along? Bizarre. So everyone has to be very careful and look out for each other - not that there are many on the beach but still.....
We saw some of these chaps - about three pairs altogether - having their dinner by the sea.
They hopped away when we pulled up to take a look at them.
Main Beach, Stradbroke Island is very beautiful - that's for sure. You can't really see it in this photo but they have started mining on this side of the island - but not for much longer.
It's a contentious issue - mining. It has provided incomes for many families on the island for years and it will be very difficult to adjust. I hope that in the next eight years, other less damaging and equally rewarding enterprises can be found to replace it.