Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: Rivers and Creeks 2 local 2 nearby

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The Mary River is less than half an hours drive to the North of us at Noosaville as it starts its life in the Sunshine Coast and meanders through the Mary Valley eventually reaching Maryborough where it continues on to sea coming out on the mainland near Fraser Island. It is home to 150 rare and threatened plant and animal species including several frogs, Coxen’s fig parrot, the Mary River Turtle and Mary river Cod, Qld Lung Fish, giant spiny crayfish and numerous butterflys.  One crocodile has made its way to the Mary River but I believe it was captured and returned to the north.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The Noosa River arises in the ranges of the Great Sandy National Park and meanders through the lake district entering the sea at the Spit at Noosa Heads. This river is a 7 minute walk from where I live and the river is a wonderful peaceful place to be despite this part of the river being popular with boaties, tourists, paddle boarders, swimmers, dog walkers, fishermen and pelicans.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

View of the Noosa River from Mt Tinbeerwah.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Weyba Creek is my local river less than a minutes walk from my house. It is a dog leash free area so the river is often full of dogs and humans cooling off. It is a tidal creek and arises from Lake Weyba,  a huge lake, and joins the Noosa river before flowing to the sea. At low tide it is possible to walk across to the sand island but at high tide you would have to be prepared to get wet. The channel on the other side of the island is deeper so motorised craft don’t often enter this area of the river. Lake Weyba itself is a very shallow lake which is an important breeding ground for many fish and animals.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The Brisbane River to our south is the river which flows through the capital of Queensland. It is the longest river in South East Queensland arising in Mount Stanley and entering the sea at Moreton Bay. Brisbane has made superb use of the river with a river park in the centre of the city.

In response to Ed’s Sunday Stills Challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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16 Responses to Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: Rivers and Creeks 2 local 2 nearby

  1. I loved the markets along the Brisbane river when we were there last year. Great stall with German sausages on a crispy roll.

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  2. I like this one so much. Especially your dogs enjoying to swim. The first one would be a great place to have a picnic on a sunny day. Thanks Irene.

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    How lovely to be surrounded by water! The dogs clearly love it. My dog HATES water.

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  4. Sherri says:

    You live in a beautiful part of the world Irene, ideal for your dogs with the river so close too. Lovely 🙂

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  5. Great photos. Love wandering around your neighbourhood

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  6. M-R says:

    I see him ! I see him ! 🙂
    How LUCKY you are to live where you can walk to places like that, Irene … I admit I can walk down to the Harbour; but it’s tar and cement all the way.

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