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Why can’t I pull up my boat at Kakadu Beach?


There aren’t many no-go areas within the range of our boat-hires, but Kakadu Beach is most definitely one of them. Kakadu Beach is a roosting area for local and migratory wading-birds and is recognized as of national and international importance.

It is an artificially created roost, made in 2002 – and is an already well and truly established stopover for waders on their annual holiday from exotic places like Mongolia and Siberia. The birds like to leave their wintry homes after they have finished breeding and fly south for warmth and a good feed (much like Victorians do in the Australian winter!). Kakadu Beach is busiest during early spring and in late summer when up to 15,000 migratory birds are visiting, although, any time of year, you will still see a variety of local waders and seabirds.

Kakadu4The beach was developed as an alternative to one on Dux Creek (now Pacific Harbour canal), which was lost in the development of the housing estate. This is a great example of how developers could work together with conservationist groups (in this case – the Queensland Wader Study Group) to protect areas of vital importance to the survival of so much of our wildlife.Kakadu3

The Kakadu Beach roost is situated immediately north of the entrance into Pacific Harbour and is 200 m long, with fencing and planted mangroves at either end. A long lagoon behind the roost site helps to buffer the birds from disturbance.  Hides are positioned at either end of the site. Actually, because the roost has been constructed of sand and is regularly groomed, to maintain its intended sandy character, it is a very attractive little stretch of beach. A small and quite insignificant sign in the water indicates that this is a no-access area but perhaps it needs to be much larger, as it is easily overlooked.Kakadu6

The birds which come to the Pumicestone Passage for their winter break, share their time between Kakadu Beach, Buckley’s Hole and Toorbul. Kakadu Beach’s special claim to fame is that it sits well above all of the high tides in the Passage. So, when Toorbul is flooded out by the summer-time high tides, the waders all flock to Kakadu Beach. This is great, because most of the day-time tides over the summer, when our avian visitors are here, are over the 2m mark, which means there are plenty of opportunities for bird-watching, from boat or from the bird-hides.

Kakadu Beach is a wonderful asset to Bribie Island and the Pumicestone Passage. It deserves protection and we should all be grateful that we have such important migratory roosts in our own neighbourhood. Just remember – Stay off the beach!chart resized 2015

The Bribie Island Boat Charters map of the Pumicestone Passage, showing the Kakadu Beach no-anchor zone.

A lovely afternoon for a tow. Poor Sue and crew came to grief over the top of the Avon, but still had a good time waiting it out for us to turn up and bring them home. Lots of action on the Pumicestone Passage, with a fire-fighting plane scooping up water for the Ningi fire all day. ... See MoreSee Less

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There are still snapper out there - Barry was out on the Passage today with Fishability- a competition run over the year, for people who have limited access to leisure and social connection. His snapper was catch of the day- 35 cm, caught near Pacific Harbour using mullet. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

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