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Moreton Experiences camp at Blue Lagoon
Moreton Experience's Blue Lagoon camp site under the Casuarina's on the surf beach is a truly inspiring wilderness camp site. Swimming in the freshwater Blue Lagoon is a daily highlight. The wide surf beach is only a couple of minutes from camp and provides an inspiring natural venue for; beach games, beach combing, sunrise viewing and the most popular - sand sculpture. The prevailing South East / North East wind provides cooling sea breezes and keep sandflies and mosquitoes away. The camp is located within the Moreton Island National Park camp ground at Blue Lagoon and utilizes National Park facilities. All school excursions visit Cape Moreton, The Little Sandhills and Mt Tempest. Camping an Australian tradition.
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Moreton Experience's Blue Lagoon camp site Moreton Experience's Blue Lagoon camp site under the Casuarina's on the surf beach is a truly inspiring wilderness camp site. Swimming in the freshwater Blue Lagoon is a daily highlight. The wide surf beach is only a couple of minutes from camp and provides an inspiring natural venue for; beach games, beach combing, sunrise viewing and the most popular - sand sculpture. The prevailing South East / North East wind provides cooling sea breezes and keep sandflies and mosquitoes away. The camp is located within the Moreton Island National Park camp ground at Blue Lagoon and utilizes National Park facilities. All school excursions visit Cape Moreton, The Little Sandhills and Mt Tempest. Camping an Australian tradition.
Cape Moreton At Spitfire Creek, on the way to the Cape we read the Moreton Experience book “Reluctant Explorers”. This booklet, prepared by Alan relates the story of Phamphlett, Finnegan and Parsons who were shipwrecked at Spitefire Creek in 1823. The Cape Moreton Lighthouse built in 1857. The Moreton Island Information centre is located one of the light keepers cottages. Sweeping views of the ocean. Manta rays, dolphins and turtles are commonly seen. Whales are also seen from early June to late October. If the tide is suitable we also visit the rocky shore at North Point
Little Sandhills We travel 20 kilometers along the Ocean beach to the Little Sandhills. On the way me pass numerous middens . The middens are shell scatters left by the Nughi people. We also see Rous battery built in World War II.
Sand toboganning Sand toboganning is a highlight of the trip, but requires dry sand. The bus says with us at camp, so if rain or windy change is forecast we can go to the sandhills at sunrise, or reshedule to another day to ensure students can toboggann. As the Sandhills are so far along the beach we need a lowish tide for driving the bus along the beach.
Mt Tempest Walk The Mt Tempest walk is done on the way to camp. The walk takes about 2 hours return. Mt Tempest is 280 metres high and the highest vegetated coastal sand dune in the world. Mt Tempest is expected to remain closed until 2005 as the track was burnt in October 2002.
Moreton Experience Field Book A 20 page field book is provided to each student. Topics include; map, dune plant communities, birds, mammals, useful native plants, exotic plants, feral animals, rocky shore animals, behaviour of freh and saltwater when in layers, Nughi people, early Europeean history, and a time line. Teachers are encouraged to work with students on topics of interest to them and their students. During excursions away from camp I introduce students to relevant sections of the book.
The Reluctant Explorers The timbergetters, Phamphlet, Finnegan and Parsons were shipwrecked at Spitfire Creek in 1823. A narrative of their ordeal was recorded after their rescue by Oxley. A class set of an illustrated, abrdged version of this narrative prepared by Moreton Experience is read at Spitfire Creek.
Cape Moreton Interpretive Centre Includes hands on displays, early european history, natural history of Moreton Island.
Aquariums Salt and freshwater aquariums are stocked with animals stranded on the beach and in drying pools.
Video A short video is used to introduce the many parasitic plants seen on the Lake Honeyeatr walk.
Poster Display Posters complementing the Field Book line the walls of the eating tent. Students in their free time and whilst waiting for meals often read these displays.
Slide Presentation An optional night activity for the 5 day camps is a slide show given by Alan.
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Lake Honeyeater walk This is a circuit walk which takes a little over 2 hours – includes stops for field book activities. The walk includes 20 minutes beach walk and 40 minutes walk thorugh low heathlands. On this walk we see sevral parasitic plants. Before the walk students see a video showing many of these parasitic plants. The walk finishes by wading through Blue Lagoon followed by a swim before lunch.
Sand Toboganning Sand toboganning is conducted at the Sandhills. This is the most popular activity with speeds in excess of 30 kph being reached. (Timed with a GPS!) . The camp programme is kept flexible, so we can go to the Sandhills when conditions are most suitable for toboganning. Dry sand is a must and strong winds can make conditions unbearable. As we travel over 20 kilometers along the beach a lowish tide is needed to make the 4WD bus trip enjoyable. As the bus is stationed at camp with us we can schedule the Sandhills trip when conditions best suit toboganning.
Snorkelling an optional extra - $20 Snorkelling is conducted by Get Wet sports. Snorkelling must be done on the day we arrive or leave. Snorkelling requires a changing tide, when currents are minimal. Get Wet sports are based at Tangalooma, and have lots of experience with primary students. Before snorkelling instruction is given regarding saftey and poisonous animals that could be encountered. Students are provided with all equipoment needed including wet suits and gloves. Kick boards are provided for those lacking confidence. Cost is $20 excluding GST
MICat The Moreton Venture has been replaced with a faster bigger MICat. Time to cross the Bay is now just 75 minutes. There is a large covered seating area on the top deck and a spacious longe area.
29 seat Mercedes Bus This bus can tow a luggage trailer and is suited to the narrow Island tracks.The bus is stationed at camp and so we can reschedule bus excursions to suit the weather and tide.
40 seat MIBus Although comfortable this bus has limited luggage space and so will only be occasionally used on school trips. It is however comforting to have a second bus available as a backup.
Alan Genninges, has been introducing schools students to Moreton Island through Moreton Experiences camping excursions based at Blue Lagoon campsite, since 1983. Alan uses his formal education (Science degree and a research Master of Science, Zoology from the University of Queensland) to enhance your excusursion with informative interpretation for students.
Alan holds the following government permits Commercial Tour Operator Permit MI 4800 (Department. of Environment)Operator Accreditation Certificate No 100857 (Queensland Transport) Driver Authorization Number 16 193 924 (Queensland Transport) Suitabilility Card for child related employment No 107073/1 – Blue card – (The Commission for children and young people)
Your all inclusive Moreton Experience price includes;
# one adult free every 10 students
# bus from schools within City limits and return. - school using their own bus reduce student price by $10
# fares on the new MICat – crossing the Bay in 75 minutes -passengers $25 less than 14years, $40 adults
# 4WD bus transport on the Island to Little Sandhills, Cape Moreton and Mt Tempest– 29 or a 40 seat bus is used
# camp fees @ $4 per night
# a 20 page Moreton Experience field booklet
# exclusive use by your school of the Moreton Experience camp and bus if your numbers are above 35 students.
# attendance by a Moreton Experience person 24 hours a day.