Tracking the Business of Transit to Minjerriba, Mulgumpin and SMBI

Friday 18th September 2015
• SeaLink Travel Group Limited to acquire 100% of the Transit Systems Marine business, including the renowned Stradbroke Ferries
• Purchase price of $125 million

Transit Systems Marine operates 33 vessels in Queensland at Gladstone, Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island. It operates contracted and non-contracted passenger and vehicular ferry services to Curtis Island, Moreton Bay Islands and holds a contract with the Queensland State Government to own and operate the Moggill Ferry on the Brisbane River. It also has a number of strategic properties, which will be acquired as part of the acquisition. The Transit Systems brand will not be acquired as part of the purchase.

Retrieved from April 19 2017

Stradbroke Ferries

Stradbroke Ferries commenced operations in 1964 and has provided a continuous link to the islands off the coast of Brisbane for over 50 years. Stradbroke Ferries operates passenger and car carrying ferries that service the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay.

Today the service operates eight vehicle and one passenger ferry and employs over 100 staff. The fleet is headlined by the Big Red Cat and Minjerribah passenger and car carrying vessels that service North Stradbroke Island. The business also operates the Moggill Ferry on behalf of the QLD Transport and Main Roads Department. Stradbroke Ferries carries approximately 280,000 vehicles and 1 million passengers per annum.

Stradbroke Ferries endeavours to provide its customers with:

A high quality, affordable transport service to and from North Stradbroke Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands;
A comfortable and enjoyable way to see the beautiful bay;
Exceptional customer service with polite and friendly staff;
Vessels presented to the highest standards; and
Impeccable safety, quality and environmental standards.

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June 2014 marks 50 years of service to North Stradbroke Island!

Stradbroke Ferries Pty Ltd has been providing vehicle and passenger services to North Stradbroke Island since June 1964, when the Company’s founding Directors identified the need for a regular vehicle transport service to the island, and in particular to service the mining industry.

The company originally operated one vehicle ferry, the Myora from Redland Bay to Dunwich on Stradbroke Island, however in 1972 the operations moved to Cleveland after the company completed extensive work on the present facilities at Toondah Harbour.

In 1987 Stradbroke Ferries commenced their vehicle ferry operations to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, which serviced the islands of Russell, Macleay, Karragarra and Lamb.

Tourism on Straddie first started to advance in the 1980s and the company identified the need to review its vessel configuration to ensure that it also catered for the growing tourism market. Just to name a few, this included the introduction of the Stradbroke Venture in 1987 along with the company’s first water taxi, the Spirit of Stradbroke. The Quandamooka commenced operations in 1994 and was upgraded in 1998 to provide on board café facilities for customers. In 2004 the Minjerribah joined the Cleveland fleet and this provided the company with the two largest vessels to operate in Moreton Bay.

In December 2011, Stradbroke Ferries was purchased by Transit Systems, a family owned Australian company. The company developed a single brand for the entire fleet operating to North Stradbroke Island, including the Big Red Cat and water taxi.

In November 2015, Stradbroke Ferries was purchased by SeaLink Travel Group, which is the largest marine tourism and transport company in Australia. The Moggill Ferry service, BITS (Bay Islands Transit) and Gladstone Ferries marine operation was also included in the acquisition of the Transit Systems marine business.

Today the company operates eight vehicle ferries and a 130 seat water taxi seven days a week, 365 days a year within Moreton Bay; this incorporates the five islands of North Stradbroke, Russell, Lamb, Macleay and Karragarra. April 19 2017

 Map shows transit services line of travel to the islands. Retrieved from Map shows transit services line of travel to the islands. Retrieved from


Make shift dwellings along the waters edge are not for the faint hearted, if only for the merciless mosquitoes that plague the twilight and dusk hours.

Kim WIlliams and ‘things ineffably precious’

ABC Podcast


Episode 6  – 13/03/2017

13 March 2017
Panellists: Mem Fox, Author; Martha Wainwright, Canadian Singer-Songwriter; Neil Armfield, Theatre and opera director; Ursula Yovich, Actress and cabaret singer; and Kim Williams, Author and former media executive.

Neil Armfield Co-director of the Adelaide Festival says the value of the arts is in purely economic terms is massive, filling the state coffers. The 2011 census tells us that 310 000 people have work in the arts nation wide.

Kim Williams states “The arts are absolutely at the heart land of a nations senseself confidence, a nations view of itself, a nations sense of its history as told through stories, music, through painting, through film and through television and of course through theatre.

And to in someway see this as being entirely about commerce reflects what I think is one of the most dangerous things in modern life, where we treat money as the measure of all things, rather than one of many measures.

Other things matter. Knowing one’s history matters. Knowing the nations sense of association with all of the rich diversity of people that repose here, and all the musics that those people comprise, matters. It is not capable of being reduced to some kind of financial argument. It is preposterous to treat everything as if in fact it is a reflection of some monetary transaction …

In relation to the argument that this should all be a sort of commercial destiny, I feel compelled to say ‘well why is that the case?’

Why is it the case where nations over time have invested very heavily, right back have invested very heavily in creative life, with a deliberate purpose to ensure that it is healthy and vigorous because they know it’s good for you. Why should that just be rejected and suddenly become part of a monetarist argument that has nothing at all to do with the underlying ecology of creative and intellectual life. These things are under constant attack….

These are things ineffably precious…..

Quandamooka Place Names, Jandai Aboriginal Language

Aboriginal place names for the small islands of the Quandamooka include:

Cleveland – Nandeebie/Indillie

Coochimudlo Island – Goochie Goochie-pa / Goochie mudlo

Fisherman Island – Andaccahl

Green Island – Milwarpa / Danggar / Tangeera

Karragarra Island – Karragarra

Lamb Island – Nguderoo

Macleay Island – Jencoomercha

Moreton Island – Moorgumpin / Mulganpin / Moaraganpin

Mud Island – Bangamba

North Stradbroke Island – Minnjerriba / Terangeri

Peel Island – Jercroobai

Russell Island – Canaipa

South Stradbroke – Curragee / Garaji

St Helena – No-gun/Nugoon

Mulgumpin (Moreton Island)

Tangalooma is the resort on Mulgumpin (Moreton Island).

“Moorgumpin meaning ‘place of sandhills’ is the Aboriginal name for Moreton Island and Tangalooma means ‘where fishes meet’

In 1950 the Australian Company Whale Products Pty Ltd was formed. Tangalooma was chosen as the site for the largest land-based whaling station in the southern hemisphere.

In June 1963 the Tangalooma Whaling Station was sold to a syndicate of Gold Coast businessmen. In 1980 the resort was purchased by a local Brisbane family, the Osborne’s.

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In terms of tourism, the Asian market has well and truly been cracked by the Tangalooma undertaking. Pictured here is the remaining whale flensing deck. Also Uncle Bob Anderson Ngugi elder, talking on Country about cultural heritage.

Economic Value of Mangroves

“Lorikeet Island is an art project that grew from kayaking with friends on moonlit nights. It is now an installation involving 9 data projectors and 2 sound tracks inviting the viewer to wade a little with us and share the dark flooded forests and the gold lit underworld. It was first installed at the Gold Coast Art Gallery, March 2012″.

Artists and collaborators Alana Hampton and Marian Drew

The project catalogue explores the science of the island with

Sally Kirkpatrick

Operations Manager, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, Griffith University.

She states

“The economic value of mangroves was acknowledged in a global study in 2005, in which Australia’s wetlands (saltmarshes and mangroves) were valued at $1.7 million per square kilometre(ii). A study in 1990 placed a value of $8,380 per hectare on the mangroves of Moreton Bay based on the market value of the commercial fish species caught during the study(iii).

(iii) Morton, R. M. (1990) Community structure, density and standing crop of fishes in a subtropical Australian mangrove area. Marine Biology, 105, 385-294.

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Redlands Tourism

“We established a new Redlands Tourism Subcommittee as part of our approach to supporting the local tourism sector. Establishment of the subcommittee is an action of the Redland City Tourism Strategy and Action Plan 2015–2020 [PDF 7.0MB], which was developed with extensive input from tourism operators.

The subcommittee’s purpose is to be a forum of Council and local tourism sector leaders to strategically inform, guide and participate in key tourism activities to grow the local tourism economy. 

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 Image retrieved from  file:///Users/jo/Downloads/Tourism_Strategy_and_Action_Plan.pdf
Image retrieved from  file:///Users/jo/Downloads/Tourism_Strategy_and_Action_Plan.pdf

Sun, Moon and Tide

Sun, moon and tide and the intersection of these elemental forces enable the perfect photo of any shore line be that Cassim or Sandy Islands, Hot tips on digital links essential for good planning….

Tide times for Brisbane Bar – this is an essential year long pdf. Alternatively Moreton Bay BOM is provides a link to a four day forescast to the minute.

Moon Phases web link follow, but any old phone app will do…

Sunrise and sun set…