Thursday 2rd August 2012I Sprained My Ankle on South Molle Island
Cool nights, warm days, fresh breezes
20’15.524S – 148’50.354E
|Looking down into Bauer Bay from the hill trek|
South Molle Island has a rich history:It is said that Aborigines, the Ngrao people have inhabited the Whitsunday area for some 8000 years. The Ngrao Are supposed to have called South Molle Island Whyrriba which some sources say meant 'stone axe'. The Ngrao would paddle their canoes across the waterways to make their weapons and tools at a natural rock quarry on the island.
In 1770 Lieutenant James Cook, Captain Cook, was the first known European explorer through the Whitsunday Passage.
|The old jetty|
Mr Lamond, who had spent his entire life in Far West Queensland, took up occupancy on South Molle on the 19 April 1927 with his family - wife, Eileen and children Hal, Amy and Bill. The Lamond family lived on South Molle till 1937. During this time, Mr Lamond earned a living as an author of worldwide reputation at the same time supplementing the family income from the wool clip of cross bred sheep that he ran on the islands. The pen of Henry G Lamond, through his articles published all over the world in the early 1930s, did much to make the Whitsunday Passage known worldwide and undoubtedly was a major contributing factor to the start of the tourist industry in this part of Queensland. In those early days the mail was delivered to South Molle once a fortnight by a Mr Otto Altman in a 27-foot boat called “Senix”. Mr Altman owned a banana plantation on Long Island
|The club hous has been here since the resort was built|
One of the first smaller tourist ships, the ‘Woy Woy’ chartered by a Mr Pollock, cruised the passage in the early 30s. About the same time, owners of smaller vessels were starting to take an interest in the tourist potential of the area and Easter and Christmas Holidays attracted a number of vessels of varying sizes from such areas as Bowen and Mackay.
|Hidden in the rainforest|
entire Whitsunday Island Group including walks to Oyster Bay: 2.5 km from the resort - a rocky mangrove-lined beach characterised by driftwood left by the prevailing winds and tides, Mt Jeffreys: 3.5 km from the resort - this is the highest point on the island and the lookout offers 360° views, Spion Kop: 3 km from the resort, Lamond Hill: 3 km from the resort, Pine Bay and Sandy Bay:4.7 km from the resort - interesting area where coastal she oaks line the beach, the Hidden Valley and Balancing Rock: 1 km from the resort. In total there are 16 km of walks in the National Park and all the tracks are well maintained.
MrJ and I last did one of these walks, the hike to Mt Jeffreys named after the intrepid explorer and ships’ captain Lieutenant Charles Jeffreys RN, many years ago while on holiday in the resort, that’s when it was up and running to true form.
|On the way up to Spion Kop (on the right) we pass the Aboriginal's natural rock quarry (left)|
This time MrJ and I chose to do the Spion Kop hike on the NE point. Spion Kop is actually a Dutch/Afrikaans word meaning “Spying Head” or “Lookout”, named by the Bauer family, who had a South African background. The Spion Kop track leads through eucalypt forest, rainforest, open grasslands with a windswept hillside of Tree ferns (Blackboys). This trek took us 2 ½ hours from start to finish with more than several photographic stops along the way and one major stop on the way back near the end of the track.
|The lookout on Spion Kop|
|Got my photography chllenge for the day done too - bonus!|