yes, we have arrived on the right island
the beach at Bauer Bay at low tide
finally: here comes lunch!
ever wondered why this bird is called the long-legged Bush Stone Curlew?
the trees are full of waiting Rainbow Lorikeets
South Molle Island
is the most southern of the 7 Molle Islands and sits a few kms east of Shute Harbor on the mainland. The hilly
island features nice bays, sandy beaches and a few quiet campsites.
Before Cyclone Debbie
struck in 2017, the area around
Bauer Bay sported a full fledged resort for 600 guests and even included a nice nine hole golf course.
Today the resort remains
and nature is busy reclaiming the greens and fairways.
Pre- Debbie you could take the ferry
from Shute Harbor and spend a few hours on the island to play a round of golf or watch the Rainbow Lorikeets
afternoon these very colorful birds were hand-fed and they gathered in the trees long before actual feeding time.
Long legged Bush
thrive in urban areas and some of these mainly nocturnal predators had made the resort their hunting
grounds to catch small critters, lizards and even snakes.
We visited a then still pristine South Molle Island in
the Koala Resort is located at Bauer Bay
the jetty was extended in 1961 so boats can moor at low tide. It was severely damaged by Cyclone Debbie
this is how they sit
and water is included
Rainbow Lorikeets mate for life
the birds are hungry
a couple watches from above