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Published November 9th 2015
Family Fun on the Pumicestone Passage
A little interesting history about Pumicestone Passage. Matthew Flinders was the first European to travel through the area in 1799 and explored the area for several weeks. He had thought that the passage was in fact a river, and it was initially named Pumicestone River, because of the large quantities of pumice stone on the beaches.
From time to time the beaches do get new "supplies" of pumice stone. In 2013 there were fresh piles of pumice all along the beaches, from a volcano that erupted under the sea on the other side of New Zealand. The pumice stone floated across the sea and made its way to the beaches of Queensland and New South Wales.
The passage is some 35 kms in length from the south of Caloundra between the mainland and Bribie Island and is a beautiful and popular spot for boaties, bird watchers, fisher folk, jet boat riders, photographers and those wishing to explore this beautiful region of our state.
If you visit Bribie Island and would like to explore Pumicestone Passage in a boat, you can hire one from just over the bridge on Bribie. Turn hard left at the end of the bridge and you will see the row of red boats waiting.
The boats are about to get a new coat of paint, but all the safety gear and motors have all been replaced and updated, and there is a range of boats available to hire. It is the original Bribie Island Boat Hire, and the new owners have upgraded most of the safety information and boat motors and the painting is next on the agenda!
There is a variety of boats available including kayaks, so you can take the family fishing or just cruise the tranquil waters of the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park. There is a $30 refundable deposit, and safety gear, motor and fuel are included in your hire, and prices vary depending on the number of people going, and you can hire for half day or whole day. No boat licence is required.
The kayaks can be hired for $10 an hour for a single person, with minimum 2 hour booking, and there is a $20 deposit. Padded seat and life vest supplied. You will be given a little map with details about the areas that you can take the boat too.
For more information, or to book phone Terry Smith on 0421 257 870.