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Published August 24th 2010
Think Moreton Bay is the only place in Brisbane where you can enjoy a spot of sailing, pleasure cruising, speed boat racing or see warships in action? Well you can do all of this without stepping off dry land or running the risk of sea sickness at Tygum Lagoon, Waterford West. Tygum Lagoon is home to the Logan City Marine Modellers and every Sunday between 7am and 2pm the waters reverberate to the sound of battery powered craft.
Hand made by committed enthusiasts and operated by radio control, all forms of watercraft from sail boats to warships (complete with miniature sailors to man the guns, watch for the enemy and wash the decks) are on offer for viewing pleasure. Boats taking part in the sailing days include a Chinese junk, several sailboats, speedboats (including a wooden speedboat that wouldn't look out of place in the Riviera), tug boats and other working boats including fishing boats and model warships. Racing style catamarans known as fast electrics also take part in sailing days.
Keen amateurs can even try their hand at steering a model boat as the club has a variety of boats for visitors to try out. If you enjoy making things, you might want to attempt to build your own model boat, eHow has directions for building a basic model boat and a quick Google brings up a multitude of sites devoted to the art of creating watercraft in miniature.
Tygum Lagoon is 8.7 hectares of lake situated in Tygum Park, a wetlands area which is a wildlife and recreation reserve. As well as enjoying the sights and sounds of model boats, Tygum Park offers a playground and basketball courts, sheltered picnic areas and electric barbecues. Tygum Park is located at Park Road, Waterford West and is around a 1 kilometre walk from the nearest public transport.