A blog about Lamb Island in Moreton Bay, Queensland – a unique little paradise under forty kilometres as the seagull flies from Brisbane CBD.
Because of restraints on time, and let’s face it, only a limited amount of material on a small island, we’re now recycling selected earlier posts.
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

No through road.

No, this isn’t a gravel road, it’s the view looking back towards Lamb Island proper from a maybe 150-metres-long spit at the end of Clarke’s Point, which is the bit poking up at the very top right of the island as seen in the aerial shot at the head of this blog. The spit is flanked on both sides by avenues of mangroves, and shown here at low tide. At high tide, it’s all well under water.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thanks for the use of the hall.

This is Lamb Island's heritage-listed ‘Pioneer Hall’, once a farmhouse and now something of an all-purpose community centre. Local volunteers run a small library here, occasionally it hosts public meetings, but mainly it’s the place where we gather every few years to cast our votes for whichever politicians we dislike least. The hall is located in what could be described as Lamb Island’s ‘community and recreational’ precinct, which comprises the local club, a first-aid facility, public tennis court, swimming enclosure and park area with children’s playgrounds.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Living on the edge.

This is the view from the deck of our house on Lamb Island, looking out across the bay towards Russell Island and North Stradbroke Island beyond it. And when you get right down to it (or in this case, way up above it) every day’s perfect when you start it with the right outlook.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Big crowd, little island.

Last Sunday, despite threatening weather, a big crowd of local islanders (as well as people from the mainland too) made the most of Karragarra Island’s annual Sea Market. Fun was had.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

One view from out here.

When our Southern Moreton Bay Islands – Macleay, Karragarra, Russell and Lamb – were first subdivided for residential living, many of the people who came to live here were to some extent ‘pioneering’ – and consequently doing it kinda tough in terms of infrastructure and services. Up to four decades later, some people on the nearby mainland (who’ve probably never actually been out here) still think of the islands as some kind of underprivileged third-world place to live. Recent negative comments by one such uninformed mainlander precipitated an online response elsewhere from one islander, writing not just about Macleay Island where she lives, but encompassing features of all four islands:

“Speak to islanders who know from experience of living here. I’ve been here for twenty-five years and adore the island and its residents. Everyone that I’ve experienced is friendly, caring and helpful. In our community we all wave to each other and call each other on first name basis. We have educated, caring, hardworking, honest, house-proud residents here. There is so much to do. We have blue care, a men’s shed, over 70s social group, bloomers social group, karate, gym, fitness club, walking groups, dancing, golf, lawn bowls, karaoke, boat club, canoe racing, dragon boat racing, kayak hire, swimming, a belly dancing group, table tennis, art group, craft group, gardening groups. We also have licensed clubs and a pub (all with great entertainment), coffee shops, restaurant, pizza delivery services, Chinese restaurant, fish ’n’ chip eatery, Japanese cuisine, two bakeries, three supermarkets, bank branches, chemists, gift shop, hairdressers, massage therapists, doctors, dentist, vet, wildlife carers, denture specialists, pathology, podiatry, physiotherapy, acupuncture, naturopaths, domestic violence support, meditation, yoga, tai chi, bridge, bingo, darts, ukulele group, choir, library, markets, Lions club, SES, resident police, paramedics complete with 24-hour ambulance boat and emergency chopper access, taxi services, child care, preschool, primary schools, church groups, drama groups, amazing artists and talented musicians, conservation groups, youth groups, community services, an op shop, real estate agents, post offices, hardware, tool hire service, organic farm, garden nursery, weekend market, and much more. A trip to the mainland takes as little as twenty minutes, so we are far from isolated. Our elderly have community transport to take them to mainland medical appointments, and we have co-ordinated bus services at the mainland marina. Our island services are improving all the time.” 

The above is only part of her rather extensive response, and I’ve taken the liberty of editing it slightly to post here, but I think it presents a fairly comprehensive list of what our islands now have to offer.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Oarsome.

Another drone’s-eye-view, this time someone rowing past some Lamb Island mangroves at high tide.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

A guide to shopping on Lamb Island.

Here at Lamblog Central we were once asked, by the teenage daughter of some people who were intending to visit the island, whether our mall would be worth checking out. In a word, no. Above is our entire local ‘retail experience’, the Lamb Island Convenience Store, aka ‘the kiosk’. It’s run by a nice couple, Chris and Eka, and it supplies us Lamb Islanders with basics like milk, bread, groceries, fruit and vegetables, etc. It’s also a popular place for locals to catch up over coffee and snacks. Its premises started out life as a fairly ordinary little dwelling that was adapted as a shop, and although it’s kinda pokey inside, that’s part of its charm. And okay, it’ll never threaten the major supermarkets in terms of price or range, but it works for us. Even without a teen fashions department.

Friday, March 03, 2017

One degree of separation.

Specifically, the six kilometres of Moreton Bay water between us and the Australian mainland. It’s the perfect degree of separation to give those of us who live here the best of two worlds – a peaceful and quiet lifestyle, but ready access to the mainland when it’s desirable. Above, looking out towards the mainland from Lamb Island, past Karragarra Island on the left and Macleay Island on the right.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A drone’s eye view of Lamb Island.

This is Lamb Island from a slightly different angle/elevation to the aerial image that heads up this blog, and shot on a wider lens, from a drone. It was taken by a guy named Travis Place, and in return for my using it here, I’ll give him a bit of a plug: Travis lives on Russell Island, where he runs a web-hosting, computer-servicing, photograph-taking, etc-and-more business you can check out here.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Light and shade, green and blue.

Just a quickie to keep the blog ticking over. Around six yesterday evening, sunlight lit just one side of this Ironbark trunk (about half-a-metre diameter). With, like much of Lamb Island, a bay background.