Welcome to the personal website of Michael Gorey. I'm a Bundaberg-based communications professional interested in photography, reading, history, politics and travel.
I walked to the mouth of the Kolan River this morning, starting from home before sunrise at 4.50am.
The tide was rising quickly, which meant soft sand and a slower hike. I like jogging on the beach when it's low tide or the sea is in retreat.
The return journey of 13km took two hours and 28 minutes.
The Mouth of Kolan River Conservation Park boundary was nearly 3km along the beach. Mangrove snags reach down to the water at high tide and an estuary is visible just over the sandbar on the western rim.
After nearly 6km I observed dolphins swimming a few metres from shore. At least I think they were dolphins. If fins come that close to me in the water I will get a hell of a fright.
A couple of hundred metres later I reached a secondary channel from the river to the Pacific Ocean. A nearby island blocks any view of the main channel but it was still an impressive sight.
Campsites and a walking trail are on the island, which can only be reached by boat. Hundreds of migratory and resident shorebirds take advantage of a nesting and feeding area on the island's eastern side.
The Miara Holiday Park is visible about 1km across the river. It's a 50km one-way drive to there from Moore Park.
The only way back is to return by the same route.
I cooled off with a swim before walking the last 250 metres to home.