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The Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
is a bay located on the eastern coast of Australia 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from central Brisbane, Queensland. It is one of Queensland's most important coastal resources.[1] The waters of Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
are a popular destination for recreational anglers and are used by commercial operators who provide seafood to market. The Port of Brisbane
Brisbane
coordinates large traffic along the shipping channel which crosses the northern section of the bay. The bay serves as a safe approach to the airport and reduces noise pollution over the city to the west of the runway. A number of barge, ferry and water-taxi services also travel over the bay. Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
was the site of conflict between the indigenous Quandamooka people
Quandamooka people
and early European settlers. It contains environmentally significant habitats and large areas of sandbanks. The bay is the only place in Australia where dugong gather into herds. Many parts of the mainland foreshore and southern islands are settled. Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
is described as lagoonal because of the existence of a series of off-shore barrier islands that restrict the flow of oceanic water.[2] The tidal range is moderate at 1.5–2 metres (4 ft 11 in–6 ft 7 in) in range. Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
has an average depth of 6.8 metres (22 ft).[2] This shallow depth lets light filter through to the seafloor, allowing an array of marine plants to grow which support a diverse range of fauna. The bay itself covers 1,523 square kilometres (588 sq mi) and has a catchment area 14 times larger, covering 21,220 square kilometres (8,190 sq mi).[2] The waters of the bay are mostly blue in colour. Western parts of the bay are sometimes tinted green from algae, brown from suspended sediments or yellow-brown from humic runoff.[2] In 2009 as part of the Q150
Q150
celebrations, the Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
was announced as one of the Q150
Q150
Icons of Queensland
Queensland
for its role as a "Natural attraction".[3]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early history 1.2 European exploration and settlement 1.3 European contact with Aborigines

2 Geography and natural history

2.1 Sandbanks 2.2 Flora and fauna 2.3 Ship strikes to marine megafauna

2.3.1 Southern right whales

3 Environment

3.1 Environmental threats 3.2 Federal government protection 3.3 Queensland
Queensland
government protection

4 Economic aspects 5 Recreation 6 See also

6.1 Notes 6.2 References

7 External links

History[edit] Early history[edit] Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
was formed roughly 6000 years ago as the sea level rose and inundated what was then the floodplains of the Brisbane
Brisbane
River. Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
and its islands were inhabited by indigenous tribes.[4][5] In indigenous economy was very rich, one of the strongest for its productive yields of edible natural resources on the Australian continent. Of particular importance for the intertribal trade and ceremonial life were in particular massive oyster beds, the annual mullet catch, and bunya nut harvesting,[6] on the coast and inland, which led to annual migrations either way to enjoy the abundance of the respective tribal group's territory. In the 1840s, resident white administrators estimated the aboriginal population of the area to be around 4,000.[7] They were only outnumbered with the influx over the five-year period of 1850-1855 with saw the disembarkation of 3,000 European migrants on their land.[6] European exploration and settlement[edit]

Matthew Flinders
Matthew Flinders
sailed between Moreton Island
Moreton Island
and Bribie Island
Bribie Island
in 1799.

Map of Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
made in 1842 by Robert Dixon (high resolution image)

Land for sale in Manly in 1887

[[File:StateLibQld 1 68019 Pile Lights at the mouth of the Brisbane River, Moreton Bay, ca. 1912.jpgrightthumb Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
Pile Light, circa 1912]]

Sailing on Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
in 1915

Fishing from the shore in Moreton Bay, 1936

Beach scene, Sandgate December 1937

The first of the Tangalooma
Tangalooma
Wrecks were placed in 1963, one year after the whaling station ceased operations.

View of Port of Brisbane
Brisbane
and southern Moreton Bay

Bribie Island
Bribie Island
and entrance to Pumicestone Channel Caloundra
Caloundra
1930

The islands of southern Moreton Bay

Sandbanks in Moreton Bay

Raby Bay
Raby Bay
Marina
Marina
at Cleveland, 2006

Godwits feeding on Cleveland foreshore in area proposed for marina development

Mangroves, Toondah Harbour, Cleveland

Cooked whole Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
bug

Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
fig, Cleveland Point, 1938

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A grey-tailed tattler feeding on the shoreline in Redcliffe, SE Queensland, Australia

Toondah Harbour, Cleveland

Eastern curlew

Cassim Island viewed from G.J. Walter Park, Cleveland

The foreshore at Manly, 2004

Foreshores of the bay at Scarborough, 2007

The name Morton's Bay was given by Captain Cook
Captain Cook
when he passed the area on 15 May 1770, honouring Lord Morton, president of the Royal Society.[8] The spelling Moreton was an error in the first published account of Cook's voyage[9] (Hawkesworth's Voyages[10]). Cook gave the name only to the bight formed by the northern end of Stradbroke Island (in 1770, there was only one island) and the eastern side of Moreton Island. He was unaware of the South Passage (as it's now called) between the two islands, and did not sail into what is the present Moreton Bay. Matthew Flinders
Matthew Flinders
was the first recorded European to enter the bay in 1799 touching down at the Pumicestone Passage, Redcliffe and Coochiemudlo Island. He was followed by John Oxley
John Oxley
who explored the Brisbane River
Brisbane River
in 1823. On a subsequent visit in the following year, Oxley established the first European settlement in the bay at the present site of Redcliffe.[11] After Oxley in 1823 came convicts and soldiers. As the South Passage between Moreton and Stradbroke Islands was the shortest shipping route, a depot and pilot station were established at Amity Point in 1825.[12] European settlement began in earnest after the abandonment of the Redcliffe settlement, and work began on the new convict settlement several miles up the Brisbane River
Brisbane River
in 1825. Within a couple years this new settlement was growing rapidly and the number of ships entering the bay was increasing. As a result, the facilities required to service the pilot station at Amity grew, and in 1827 convicts were sent to the island to build a new causeway at Dunwich, remnants of which can still be found on the same site. Within a year the first permanent European settlement at Dunwich had been built.[12] Due to poor weather, smuggling, and conflict with aborigines this convict out-station was difficult to sustain and was closed in 1831.[13] The first immigrant ship from England, the Artemisia, reached Moreton Bay in December 1848 after a four-month journey.[14] The next year saw the arrival of the Fortitude carrying more free immigrants to the settlement.[15] By the 1850s the region's earliest industry was utilising the bay for the transport of timber. After felling, the logs were dragged or rolled into flooded streams from where they were washed downstream to tidal reaches and bound together into rafts. After the floods had ceased and tides returned to normal, the currents of the bay and sometimes boats were used to direct the timber north to the Brisbane River or to Dunwich for shipment to Sydney.[16] The bay was home to the Lightship Rose which provided a permanent navigation aid to passing ships at the mouth of the Brisbane
Brisbane
River. The John Oxley
John Oxley
was another notable boat which temporarily acted as a pilot ship. Car ferries began crossing the bay to reach North Stradbroke Island
North Stradbroke Island
in 1947, leading to an increase in tourism on the island.[12] In the 1950s both sand mining and the first land sales at Point Lookout occurred.[12] On 1 September 2007 four people were killed in a boat accident on the bay, two kilometres from the Pinkenba
Pinkenba
boat ramp. Ten others were injured.[17] Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
has at least 102 shipwrecks of which 26 have their exact location known.[18] European contact with Aborigines[edit] At first the Quandamooka tribes had a choice of avoiding contact or engaging with the Europeans at the various small government institutions that were established on the mainland and on Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island). Aboriginal labour and resources were, however, voluntarily supplied[citation needed] to assist these newcomers for example, at the pilot station[citation needed] Problems came about when the newcomers displayed a lack of respect for Aboriginal marriage rules, stole bones and other artefacts and desecrated sites important to the Aboriginals.[19] This produced a period of conflict through the 1830s, sometimes followed up by reprisals with guns, during which a number of Aboriginal people were massacred.[citation needed] Like the mainland tribes, the Nooghie, Noonuccal and Goenpul people struggled when Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
was opened up to free settlers. The mainland Aboriginal people in particular were progressively deprived of the traditional hunting grounds and food. When they turned to killing domestic stock to survive, they were rounded up and shot.[citation needed] As their tribal groups and way of life disintegrated, many drifted towards towns and cities. Because of their isolation, the people of the islands, however, managed to keep a lot of their traditional ways alive.[citation needed] In 1843, Catholic missionaries chose Dunwich as the site for the first Catholic mission to Australian Aborigines.[13] The sand islands of Quandamooka did not support pasturage suitable for sheep and cattle, and thus there did not occur conversion of large tracts of land into farms and pastoral properties and the subsequent widespread annihilation and displacement of Aboriginal people.[citation needed] The very existence of the quarantine station on Stradbroke Island from 1850 to the 1870s led to the official discouragement of pastoralism or wider settlement for fear of spreading disease.[12] Another reason for discouraging settlement was to reduce the likelihood of incoming vessels to the bay evading customs duty. Thus the European usage and occupation of Quandamooka in the 19th century was largely restricted to government institutions on small portions on the islands, and with free enterprise business men like the Campbell brothers who ran a saltworks and sugar plantations on Russell and Macleay islands, and the early fishing and oystering businesses in the bay who employed the Aboriginal people of Quandamooka. Aboriginal peoples were a source of labour for various institutions and enterprises from the time of the first pilot station. Conflict with Europeans intensified during the middle part of the 19th century, leading to significant numbers of Aboriginal people being killed (including at the hands of the native police).[citation needed] Despite these conflicts other Aboriginal people were able to evade intense contact due to the lack of European activity on the bay islands. From the 1830s to 1865 there remained virtual exclusive Aboriginal possession of most of Quandamooka. However trade and social interaction with the mainland groups gradually diminished due to the outward march of pastoral settlement on the mainland. This resulted in irreparable damage to indigenous social networks and patterns of group intermarriage, as well as joint ceremonial activities. Geography and natural history[edit] The bay extends some 125 kilometres (78 mi) from Caloundra
Caloundra
in the north almost to Surfers Paradise in the south.[20] The bay's southern navigation entrance is the Gold Coast Seaway. The bay is 35 kilometres (22 mi) across at its widest point. It is separated from the Coral Sea
Coral Sea
by a chain of three sand islands: Moreton Island
Moreton Island
in the north, North Stradbroke Island, and South Stradbroke Island in the south. Tipplers Passage is the main channel on the western coast of South Stradbroke Island. The Gold Coast Seaway is at the southern extent of Moreton Bay, before the Gold Coast Broadwater. The bay itself contains around 360 islands in total. This includes the populated Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands collectively known as the Southern Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
Islands. Residential development
Residential development
has also occurred on Coochiemudlo Island
Coochiemudlo Island
and Bribie Island. In the past Peel Island
Peel Island
has been used as a sisal plantation, quarantine station, asylum and a leper colony. Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
is generally shallow and sandy, though a substantive channel is maintained to allow access to the Port of Brisbane
Brisbane
at Fisherman Islands at the mouth of the Brisbane
Brisbane
River, for international shipping. As well as the Brisbane
Brisbane
River, the Pimpama River, Logan River, Albert River, Pine River, Tingalpa Creek
Tingalpa Creek
and the Schulz Canal all empty into Moreton Bay. Within Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
are the smaller bays of Waterloo Bay, Redland Bay, Raby Bay, Deception Bay and Bramble Bay. The bay contains a number of island villages such as the settlement on the bayside of Moreton Island, Tangalooma
Tangalooma
and on North Stradbroke, Dunwich and Amity Point. Prominent coastal communities and mainland suburbs situated on the bay include Deception Bay, Scarborough, Redcliffe, Margate, Woody Point, Brighton, Sandgate, Cleveland, Victoria Point and Redland Bay. Other attractions in the bay include Pumicestone Passage
Pumicestone Passage
and numerous boat ramps, marinas and jetties, including the Shorncliffe pier. Sandbanks[edit] Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
is filled with sandbanks from sand supplied via littoral drift along the coast of Moreton Island.[21] The field of sandbanks extends across the entrance to Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
and evolved after sea level reached its present position, about 6,500 years ago after the last ice age[21] Between Tangalooma
Tangalooma
and Skirmish Point on Bribie Island
Bribie Island
are the Middle Banks, Central Banks and Western Banks. From north of Moreton Island towards Caloundra
Caloundra
are the Yulle Road, Spitfire Bank, and the Salamander Bank, amongst others. Amity Banks are found just west of Amity Point, while the Moreton Banks lie to the west of the southern tip of Moreton Island. These banks can be hazard for marine navigation because they are constantly changing due to tidal currents. The Middle Banks area close to Moreton Island
Moreton Island
has been used in the past as a source of sand for large projects such as the nearby Brisbane
Brisbane
Airport and port facilities.[22] Past dredging has removed 18 million metres3 and the removal of another 40 million metres3 is planned.[23] Future sand extraction is expected to aid a major shipping channel straightening project. To ensure the shipping channel remains open, several areas of the bay have been allocated for dredged material dumping sites. These sites have been selected to provide beach nourishment, aiding the natural long shore transport of sand along ocean beaches. Flora and fauna[edit] The bay's heritage protected wetlands, mudflats, and waterways are some of the healthiest in the region, supporting seasonally up to 25% of Australia's bird species.[24] The combination of muddy habitats on the western side of the bay and sandy habitats on the eastern side of the bay together with coral and seagrass beds support more than 43 species of shorebird.[25] Collectively, around 50,000 wading birds visit the Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
each year,[20] and its wetlands are classified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area
Important Bird Area
(IBA).[26] In its Shorebird Management Strategy, the Queensland
Queensland
Government notes that: "Moreton Bay's extensive intertidal areas are essential for shorebirds as they provide roosting, feeding and, in some cases, breeding habitat."[27] The bay is also home to other abundant wildlife, including whales, dolphins, dugong, sharks and turtles. The loggerhead turtle population in the bay is the most significant in the country.[28] The bay is ranked among the top ten dugong habitats in Australia and together with the Gulf of Carpentaria and Torres Strait is considered one of the most important areas for dugong in Queensland.[25] Moreton Bay is the only place in Australia where dugongs gather in herds.[29] In the past the dugongs in herds numbered in the thousands. Some herds 5 km long by 250 m wide were seen during the 1800s.[29] In 2009, there were just between 600 and 800 remaining.[28] Many whale and dolphin species can be found in Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
including humpback whales, killer whales, southern right whales, sperm whales, melon-headed whales, blue whales, Bryde's whales, minke whales, common dolphins, spinner dolphins and Risso's dolphins.[30] Under Australia's EPBC Act the southern right whale is listed as endangered and the humpback whale is listed as vulnerable.[31] Commercial tour operators offer whale watching cruises between June and September each year.[32] Most of larger cetaceans observed in the bay are humpbacks, and several smaller dolphins live or regularly visit the bay. The Moreton Bay bug
Moreton Bay bug
( Thenus
Thenus
orientalis) is a species of slipper lobster found throughout the waters of Australia's north coast. The bug is a relatively expensive delicacy served in many restaurants in Queensland. The Moreton Bay fig
Moreton Bay fig
(Ficus macrophylla) is a large tree endemic to the east coast of Australia within a range centred on the shores and surrounds of Moreton Bay. The southern and western parts of the bay contain shallow mud-layered waters that are protected from strong wave action by the barrier islands. This has provided excellent habitat for mangroves of which seven different species thrive within the bay.[33] About 1% of the bay is coral reef.[34] Land clearing and settlement in the catchment has led to unfavourable conditions for coral growth. Climate change is expected to raise sea levels and produce warmer waters that will aid coral growth in the bay.[34] The bay may experience widespread outbreaks of bacteria lyngbya which can cause skin lesions and asthma attacks upon contact.[35] Ship strikes to marine megafauna[edit] One of serious threats to marine animals in Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
is ship-strikes. Dugongs and turtles in Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
are often killed or injured when struck by speeding boats.[36] Southern right whales[edit] Unlike the southern and south-western population of Australia, southern right whales off the east coast of Australia, along with the west coast, Tasmania, and eastern Victoria, are critically endangered, consisting of only 10 or more individuals.[37] Whales have not been seen on the east coast for many years (unlike humpbacks) as the first whale came back to both Australia and New Zealand
New Zealand
in the early '60s,[38] largely due to mass illegal hunts by the Soviet Union with support from Japan[39] although at first it was reported to take only 4 whales.[40] Recent increases in sightings along the east coast indicate very slow but certain recovery of the species in that area, and Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
was possibly used to be a prominent calving ground for these coast-loving whales.[41] Very small but steady appearances of southern rights have been confirmed in Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, and Hervey Bay.[42] Seasonal presences of right whales have been recorded in Moreton Bay at least in the late '90s,[43] and small family groups of whales have been observed visiting the southern bay each year since 2002,[44] especially around Toondah Harbour. However, there was an instance of a southern right whale being fatally struck by a ferry in August 2014.[45] This whale was a calf, and her mother was also seriously injured by the accident and her fate is still unknown. Another southern right whale, possibly with a calf was also hit few days prior to the incident with a sighting of possibly the same whales near Victoria Point.[46] These ship-strikes and entanglements in fishing gear may contribute severely to preventing the future re-establishment of the species in the former habitats.[47] Environment[edit] Environmental threats[edit] Moreton Bay's sea grass beds and corals are subject to ongoing threat from soil run-off caused by agriculture in the Lockyer Valley and construction activity in south east Queensland. Professor John Olley has noted that mud is now flowing out to Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
10 times as fast as it did before Europeans settled in the region 120 years ago.[48] The 2013 Healthy Waterways Report shows a downward trend in the ecosystem health of Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
over the period from 2012 to 2013, with water quality also affected by major flood events such as those in 2009 and 2011.[49] After the 2011 Brisbane River
Brisbane River
floods washed contaminated water into the bay, commercial fishermen and recreation anglers were warned not catch or eat seafood from its waters.[50] The flood plume was investigated to monitor its impact on the bay's marine ecosystems. It contained sewerage, pesticides, heavy metals such as lead and zinc as well as hydrocarbons.[50][51] An oil spill occurred in March 2009 from the MV Pacific Adventurer dumping 100 tonnes (98 long tons; 110 short tons) of oil, 30 tonnes (30 long tons; 33 short tons) of fuel and other toxic chemicals on Brisbane's suburban beaches. Premier Anna Bligh
Anna Bligh
described the spill as the "worst environmental disaster Queensland
Queensland
has ever seen".[52] On 2 November 2012 the Queensland
Queensland
Government announced that in conjunction with the Gold Coast City Council it would call expressions of interest to develop an international cruise ship terminal and associated development for the Southport Broadwater at the southern end of Moreton Bay.[53] On 13 February 2014 the Government announced that the ASF Consortium's proposal "has demonstrated a cruise ship terminal is a possibility that could be further developed, should the Council and the proponent choose to progress it".[54] This project is opposed by the Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council.[55] On 31 May 2014 an approved development scheme was released for the Toondah Harbour
Toondah Harbour
Priority Development Area in Cleveland which would allow development of a large marina up to 400 berths in southern Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
between Toondah Harbour, G.J. Walter Park and Cassim Island.[56] The Queensland
Queensland
Government released at the same time a lengthy report on the 583 submissions received in response to a draft scheme released for consultation in January 2014.[57] The draft Toondah scheme was opposed by marine planning experts[58] and various environmentally concerned community groups including the Bay Wilderness Society.[59] On 4 March 2014 a petition with 1,211 signatures calling for the Government's plans to be withdrawn was tabled in the Queensland
Queensland
Parliament.[60] Federal government protection[edit] In 1993 large areas of Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
with a total area exceeding 113,000 hectares (280,000 acres) were recognised as wetlands of international significance under the Ramsar Wetland
Wetland
Convention 1971. Listing as a Ramsar site is justified on many grounds including:

Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
supports large numbers of the nationally threatened green turtle, hawksbill turtle and loggerhead turtle. The site is ranked among the top ten habitats in Queensland
Queensland
for the internationally vulnerable dugong and is a foraging and breeding ground for the dugong. The Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
Ramsar site supports 55 species of algae associated with mangroves, seven species of mangrove and seven species of seagrass. At least 43 species of shorebirds use intertidal habitats in the bay, including 30 migratory species listed by international migratory bird conservation agreements. The Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
Ramsar site supports more than 50,000 wintering and staging shorebirds during the non-breeding season. The Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
Ramsar site regularly supports more than 1% of the population the wintering eastern curlews and the grey-tailed tattler.[61]

Many of the migratory shorebirds which use the bay as part of the East Asian–Australasian Flyway are protected in accordance with three bilateral agreements:

Japan–Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (JAMBA) China–Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (CAMBA) Republic of Korea–Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (ROKAMBA)[62]

Actions that have a significant impact on a Ramsar listed site or on species which are the subject of international bird migratory agreements are "matters of national environmental significance" which are protected by the Federal Government in accordance with provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.[63] Queensland
Queensland
government protection[edit] Moreton Island
Moreton Island
is protected as Moreton Island
Moreton Island
National Park. The bay itself contains St Helena Island National Park
St Helena Island National Park
and the Moreton Bay Marine Park with areas designated under the Marine Park Zoning Plan. The Marine Park was declared in 1993 and covers 3,400 square kilometres.[64] Parts of the bay are also protected under the Southern Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
Islands National Park. The bay's marine park zoning plan was renewed in 2008. Despite angst from both commercial and recreational fishers, draft Queensland Government plans indicate further fishing restrictions aiming to protect more than 15% of important marine and coastal environments.[65] Artificial reefs could be placed in Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
to ease the concerns of fishermen who fear they are being forced out. The Queensland
Queensland
Government will spend A$1 million on research, planning and construction of a new concrete reef in the bay.[66] To make up for the fishing areas lost to the 2009 expansion of the Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
Marine Park, the Queensland
Queensland
Government agreed to create a total of six artificial reefs for anglers. The reefs are constructed from specially designed balls of concrete which will provide habitat for fish species.[67] According to former Sustainability Minister Andrew McNamara
Andrew McNamara
the bay produces a commercial catch valued at $25 million and that $4 million worth of this figure has become off-limits with the rezoning.[68] In March 2012 the Queensland
Queensland
Government signalled its intention to allow recreational anglers back into marine park green zones in parts of Moreton Bay. Mark Robinson, the Government's fishing spokesman, was quoted as saying: "Any changes we make would be evidence-based,".[69] On 31 January 2014 the Queensland
Queensland
Government announced a proposed change to marine park zoning that would relax fishing restrictions at Scotts Point on the Redcliffe Peninsula.[70] This policy change was criticised by the Australian Marine Conservation Society whose spokesperson said: "We question why Premier Newman is going against the science and the rigorously surveyed opinions of local recreational fishers to adopt a proposal that was being pushed by disgraced former MP Scott Driscoll whilst he was still the member for Redcliffe. There was no scientific process behind this decision".[71] In May 2014 the Queensland
Queensland
Government announced that MRAG Asia Pacific had been engaged to review fishing management in Queensland.[72] MRAG has stated that while the green zones were not formally part of the review scope, it is likely that they would be discussed in the review team's report.[73] Economic aspects[edit] The economic value of recreational fishing in Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
has been estimated at approximately $20 million per year.[74] Recreation[edit] The bay is popular with recreational anglers. The Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
Classic fishing competition is held annually from the Manly foreshore. There are many sailing events held on Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
including:

Yacht and dinghy racing organised by the Royal Queensland
Queensland
Yacht Squadron at Manly. The Brisbane
Brisbane
to Gladstone yacht race, first staged in 1949, which starts from near the Shorncliff Pier every year on Good Friday. The Interclub Bay Cruise held each year in the first week of the Queensland
Queensland
September school holidays.

The bay is home to many other watersports and activities including kayaking, jet-skiing, windsurfing and water-skiing. Diving and snorkelling are popular around Tangalooma
Tangalooma
on Moreton Island. See also[edit]

Queensland
Queensland
portal

Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
Pile Light Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
(song)

Notes[edit]

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Ramsar Site Location and maps - Australian Government, Department of the Environment BayJournal An online news source publishing one story a day about the Bay. Australian Folk Songs: Moreton Bay
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South East Queensland, Queensland

Local government areas

Brisbane Gold Coast Ipswich Logan Moreton Bay Noosa Redland Sunshine Coast

Major urban centres

Brisbane Gold Coast Sunshine Coast

Towns

Beenleigh Caboolture Caloundra Ipswich Nambour Springfield

National parks

Bellthorpe Blue Lake Bribie Island Burleigh Head Conondale D'Aguilar Deer Reserve Dularcha Esk Eudlo Creek Ferntree Creek Fort Lytton Freshwater Gatton Glass House Mountains Kondalilla Lamington Lockyer Main Range Mapleton Falls Mooloolah River Moogerah Peaks Moreton Island Mount Barney Mount Chinghee Mount Coolum Mount Pinbarren Nicoll Scrub Noosa Nerang Ravensbourne Sarabah Southern Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
Islands St Helena Island Springbrook Tamborine Teerk Roo Ra Tewantin Triunia Venman Bushland Wickham

Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
Marine Park

Places of interest

Blackall Range Bribie Island Conondale Range Cunninghams Gap D'Aguilar Range Glass House Mountains Moreton Bay Moreton Island Scenic Rim South Stradbroke Island Tamborine Mountain Teviot Range Wivenhoe Dam

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Ramsar sites in Australia

Australian Capital Territory

Ginini Flats

New South Wales

Blue Lake Central Murray Forests Fivebough and Tuckerbil Swamps Gwydir Wetlands Hunter Estuary Wetlands Lake Pinaroo Little Llangothlin Lagoon Macquarie Marshes Myall Lakes Narran Wetlands Paroo Wetlands Towra Point

Northern Territory

Cobourg Peninsula Kakadu National Park

Queensland

Bowling Green Bay Currawinya Lakes Great Sandy Strait Moreton Bay Shoalwater Bay

South Australia

Banrock Station Wetland
Wetland
Complex Bool and Hacks Lagoons Coongie Lakes Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Wetland Piccaninnie Ponds Riverland

Tasmania

Apsley Marshes Cape Barren Island east coast lagoons Interlaken Lakeside Reserve Jocks Lagoon Lavinia Nature Reserve Little Waterhouse Lake Logan Lagoon Lower Ringarooma River Moulting Lagoon Pittwater–Orielton Lagoon

Victoria

Barmah Forest Corner Inlet Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Gippsland Lakes Gunbower Forest Hattah-Kulkyne Lakes Kerang Wetlands Lake Albacutya Port Phillip Bay and Bellarine Peninsula Western District Lakes Western Port
Western Port
Bay

Western Australia

Becher Point Wetlands Eighty Mile Beach Forrestdale and Thomsons Lakes Lake Gore Lake Warden System Lakes Argyle and Kununurra Muir-Byenup System Ord River Floodplain Peel-Yalgorup System Roebuck Bay Toolibin Lake Vasse-Wonnerup System

External territories

Ashmore Reef Coral Sea
Coral Sea
Reserves The Dales (Christmas Island) Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs Hosnies Spring (Christmas Island) Pulu Keeling

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Australian places named on the First voyage of James Cook
First voyage of James Cook
in 1770

Victoria

19 April: Point Hicks Ram Head 20: Cape Howe

New South Wales

21 April: Mount Dromedary Batemans Bay 22 April: Pigeon House 25 April: Red Point 28 April: Botany Bay* 6 May: Port Jackson Broken Bay 11 May: Point Stephens Port Stephens Cape Hawke 12 May: The Three Brothers 13 May: Smoky Cape 15 May: Solitary Isles Cape Byron 16 May: Mount Warning

Queensland

16 May: Point Danger 17 May: Point Lookout Cape Moreton Morton Bay The Glass Houses 18 May: Double Island Point Wide Bay 19 May: Indian Head Sandy Cape 21 May: Herveys Bay Breaksea Spit 23 May: Bustard Bay* 25 May: Cape Capricorn 26 May: Keppel Isles 27 May: Keppel Bay Cape Manyfold 28 May: Shoal Water Bay Northumberland Isles 31 May: Pier Head 1 June: Long Isle Broad Sound 2 June: Slade Point Cape Hillsborough 3 June: Cape Conway Repulse Bay 4 June: Whitsundays Passage Pentecost Island Cape Gloucester Edgecumbe Bay Cumberland Islands 5 June: Cape Upstart 6 June: Magnetical Island Palm Isles Cleveland Bay 8 June: Halifax Bay Rockingham Bay Dunk Island Hillock Point Double Point 9 June: Frankland Islands Fitzroy Island Cape Grafton 10 June: Green Isle Trinity Bay Cape Tribulation Low Isles 13 June: Hope Islands 14 June – 4 August: Endeavour River Cape Bedford 10 August: Cape Flattery 11 August: Lizard Island* Eagle Island* 19 August: Cape Grenville Forbes Islands Bolt Head 20 August: Bird Isles Sir Charles Hardy Islands 21 August: York Cape 22 August: Possession Island* Prince of Wales' Isles 23 August: Booby Island*

*Places where Cook landed

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Convicts in Australia

Australia Day Emancipation Female factories Freedom History of Australia
History of Australia
(1788–1850) New Holland Women

Penal colonies

Cockatoo Island Rose Hill Sydney Cove Moreton Bay Redcliffe Maria Island Port Arthur Richmond Risdon Cove Macquarie Harbour (History) Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island
(History) Saltwater River Sullivans Cove

Events

First Fleet
First Fleet
(List) Second Fleet Third Fleet Castle Hill Rebellion Bathurst Rebellion Catalpa rescue Rum Rebellion Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island
mutinies Frederick escape Anti-Transportation League

Governors and commandants

Arthur Bligh Bourke Brisbane Collins Darling Davey Denison Eardley-Wilmot Franklin Gipps Hunter Johnston King Logan Macquarie Paterson Phillip Sorell

Notable convicts and personnel

Surgeons

William Bland Arthur Bowes Smyth William Redfern D'Arcy Wentworth

Entrepreneurs

Enoch Barratt Daniel Connor Daniel Cooper John Davies William Field William Hutchinson Mary Hyde Henry Kable Solomon Levey Simeon Lord Mary Reibey Robert Sidaway James Squire John Tawell Samuel Terry

Architects

James Blackburn Francis Greenway

Bushrangers and escapees

Charlotte Badger Matthew Brady Mary Bryant William Bryant William Buckley Moondyne
Moondyne
Joe John Caesar Martin Cash William Chopin Michael Howe Lawrence Kavenagh John Mitchel Thomas Muir John Boyle O'Reilly Alexander Pearce

Artists

Joseph Backler Thomas Bock Richard Browne Knud Bull John Eyre William Buelow Gould Joseph Lycett Charles Rodius Thomas Griffiths Wainewright Thomas Watling James Walsh

Politicians

William Cuffay William Henry Groom Kevin Izod O'Doherty

Chroniclers

Denis Cashman Margaret Catchpole Frank the Poet Henry Savery James Hardy Vaux John Acton Wroth

Explorers

John Baxter James Meehan Joseph Wild

Other convicts

Esther Abrahams John Baughan James Bloodsworth Billy Blue John Cadman Elizabeth Callaghan Margaret Dawson Laurence Hynes Halloran Mark Jeffrey Jørgen Jørgensen William Smith O'Brien Robert Palin Isaac Nichols Joseph Potaski James Ruse Elizabeth Thackery Mary Wade

Popular culture

Music

"Botany Bay" "Moreton Bay" "Jim Jones at Botany Bay" "Van Diemen's Land"

Film

For the Term of His Natural Life
For the Term of His Natural Life
(1908) The Assigned Servant
The Assigned Servant
(1911) It Is Never Too Late to Mend (1911) The Lady Outlaw (1911) The Life of Rufus Dawes (1911) The Mark of the Lash (1911) One Hundred Years Ago (1911) The Romantic Story of Margaret Catchpole
Margaret Catchpole
(1911) Sentenced for Life (1911) Moondyne
Moondyne
(1913) Transported
Transported
(1913) The Tenth Straw (1926) For the Term of His Natural Life
For the Term of His Natural Life
(1927) To New Shores (1937) Red Sky at Morning (1944) Under Capricorn (1949) Botany Bay
Botany Bay
(1953) Adam's Woman
Adam's Woman
(1970) Journey Among Women (1977) The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant
Mary Bryant
(2005) The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce
Alexander Pearce
(2008) Van Diemen's Land (2009) The Nightingale (2017)

Television

Against the Wind (1978) For the Term of His Natural Life
For the Term of His Natural Life
(1983) Banished (2015) The Secret River
The Secret River
(2015)

Literature

Journals of the First Fleet It's Never Too Late to Mend (1856) Great Expectations
Great Expectations
(1861) For the Term of His Natural Life
For the Term of His Natural Life
(1872) Moondyne
Moondyne
(1879) Bring Larks and Heroes
Bring Larks and Heroes
(1967) A Fringe of Leaves
A Fringe of Leaves
(1973) The Playmaker
The Playmaker
(1987) Remembering Babylon
Remembering Babylon
(1993) The Potato Factory
The Potato Factory
(1995) Jack Maggs
Jack Maggs
(1997) Gould's Book of Fish
Gould's Book of Fish
(2001) The Secret River
The Secret River
(2005) The Lieutenant (2008) Parrot and Olivier in America (2010)

Stage

The Transports (1977) Our Country's Good
Our Country's Good
(1988)

Art

Charlotte Medal Port Jackson
Port Jackson
Painter Sydney punchbowls Twenty Dollar Note

Australian Convict Sites

Brickendon Estate Cadmans Cottage Cascades Female Factory Coal Mines Darlington Probation Station Elizabeth Farm Experiment Farm Cottage Great North Road Hyde Park Barracks Kingston and Arthurs Vale Lennox Bridge Old Government House Parramatta Female Factory Port Arthur Richmond Bridge Richmond Gaol Ross Female Factory Vaucluse Hou

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