We acknowledge and respect the traditional owners of this land, the Quandamooka people.
Being out in nature helps to develop our sense of place and belonging, and we always leave the sites cleaner than we found it. Our awareness of connectedness, ecology and important environmental issues grows immensely through close encounters and deep experiences we have with the marine environment; along with our capacity to act responsibly as stewards and mentors of this land for future generations. 🐬 Please help us to develop our sustainable practices and multicultural approaches to learning on Quandamooka country.
Moreton bay is magnificent, and alive with dugong, sea turtle, dolphin, osprey and other beautiful birds such as the Brahminy kite, Sandpipers and Curlews. During summer months the migratory sea birds return from the northern hemisphere – many of our boats are named after them. In winter, humpback whales rejoice as their calves are born in these sheltered waters. Stingrays are a constant presence.
Our campsites are booked in advance, although there are often changes in plans due to different weather conditions. These are fantastic sail training grounds with many fascinating cultural and historic sites to visit.
Exploring ship wrecks, creating special places and caring for these important sites are a feature of our programs and we regularly visit Minjerribah and Moorgumpin during various expeditions.
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Otherwise known as Peel Island, this beautiful place offers protection from northerly winds at the magnificent sand flats of Horseshoe Bay. The legacy of various institutions for people in need of recovery continues today with our adventure therapy programs that are based here.
Offering great protection from most wind directions, this sand slip was created by a mining accident in the 1970’s, covering the mangroves which surround it. Now re-vegetated it offers shade and the opportunity for small twig fires which we learn how to light using traditional techniques. BlakesleysSlip_IOSSRecreationalUseStudy
Other suitable locations in Queensland
The Fraser, Keppel, Whitsunday and Palm Island groups also offer plenty of idyllic anchorages, adventurous sailing options and beautiful campsites. The best season is March- October.
Small boat sailing allows for island camping – while sleeping aboard charter boats or tall ship voyages can also be arranged!
Wild and remote places such as Flinders reef, Lady Elliot and Musgrave Islands, The Percies and outer reefs offer exciting opportunities for skipper extension training, and for Duke of Edinburgh Award qualifying expeditions.
We are particularly excited by the wildness of remote islands, and the great adventure they offer as sail training destinations.
Our skipper extension expeditions to Lord Howe, Lady Musgrave, Middle Percy and Fraser Island have been epic. Please come and join us sometime…