Almost surrounded by sea

It’s not only Brisbane’s over thirty degree summers that has everyone reach for a cool drink, but the soaring humidity. That was why Cleveland was another coastal location my parents flocked to during summer.

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Cleveland pier

I paddled in the Moreton Bay luke warm waters where a tiny island lay off shore. This island fascinated me because at low tide, we walked along a sandbar that linked the sandy island to the mainland. I imagined being marooned on the tiny bit of land when the tide rose, though never was.

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Moreton Bay fig tree, Cleveland

On the opposite side out on the very tip of the spit past Moreton Bay fig trees, sat Peel Island. Last century, this island housed a leper colony although today, it might be handed back to its original inhabitants, the Quandamooka People.

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