Monday, 11 March 2013

Our World Tuesday - Mud Islands

I spent Saturday on Mud Islands in Port Phillip Bay.  This may not sound very attractive - but don't let the name put you off.  If you want to have a real idea of what a meter change in sea level would do, this is the place to do it.

While it looks like you are in the middle of the ocean (well sort of), the fact that the depth finder on the boat is telling us we are in 90 cm of water is a bit of a shock.  It seems strange to be "out to sea" but know that you could wade about if safety!

The islands themselves are not made of mud and it really feels like there is only one island!  So, the name is a bit misleading.

We walked around the edge of the islands - about 5km or so - and waded through small channels that cut into the centre of the islands - or at some times separate the islands from each other.  There was lots of bird life (pictures to come soon) and many, many shells on the beach.  One of the best things was the lack of litter.  I think I only saw about two bottles, which we removed.

The islands are rather flat - the highest point can be more than a couple of meters above sea level.  The day was windy, which was a blessing in some ways as it would have been very hot without it.

Coming back onto land at the end of the day was like walking into an oven!



The land you can see in the background is the "main land" of Victoria.

I'd love to go back and just sit and wait and find out what comes along.

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32 comments:

ADRIAN said...

It looks a wonderful place.

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, looks like a little paradise. Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing Mud Islands and your visit. Have a great week!

✿ chica said...

Lindo lugar e foto! Gostei de ver! abraços,chica

Fun60 said...

I would love to go exploring. Such a different landscape and loved the comment about the litter. NZ draw by boredom?

Carole M. said...

we can dream of being in a certain place; sounds like a good day out Stewart and lovely photos to share

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Oh, wow. How beautiful. My daughter lived in a place called Mud Island In Memphis, Tennessee right after college. Certainly not as pretty as this, but it was right by the Mississippi River. A wonderful place to take walks

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Looks like a beautiful and tranquil piece of heaven.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, a little paradise indeed, Stewart!! Such a lovely, delightful place to spend time! Wonderful captures!! Hope you have a great week!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Looks like a neat place to spend the day but not much longer than that.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I really hate mud so I definitely would have had to be reassured before heading out there. But the shallow water reminds me of Florida....they say all boaters here have either gone aground or are soon going to. So far, knock wood, we have escaped.

pattisjarrett said...

What a beautiful, pristine place. Thanks for getting rid of the trash, leaving it better than you found it. :)

ladyfi said...

What a lovely place - nice shots too!

HansHB said...

Lovely beach-photos!

Dianne said...

I wonder why they named it Mud Island" .... a wonderful place to spend time with your camera.

DIMI said...

Hi Stewart!37c in Melbourne!!So hot!!Very beautiful place!Amazing shots!Thank you for your comment!Hope you have a wonderful day!
Dimi..

Gary said...

Looks like a great place!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Randi said...

Wonderful...looks like a Paradise!
Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

islandwonder said...

Looks lovely to me!

Kusum Sanu said...

Very different landscape in the middle of nowhere!

Jim said...

Always love seeing the beach.

Jill Harrison said...

It is certainly a bit hot for walking these days. I am looking forward to the cooler weather. Still it is nice to be out on the beach!
I haven't visited Port Phillip Bay - but it is a long way from me!
Have a wonderful week. I am linking up to you through Our World Tuesday.

Skye said...

Ooh that looks like a place I need to be! I love when the shelf is so shallow like that you can walk out real far and barely cover your ankels :)

Barbara said...

What a beautiful spot! I love beaches and it's been too long since I visited one!

Esther Joy said...

I especially loved the blue hues in the first photo. Looks like a great place to visit!

Karen said...

I love that area Stewart. You are making me homesick. Lovely shots.

Andrea said...

I love exploring areas like those, but we seldom find islands here without people. You are so lucky population in Australia is so low!

Liz said...

It looks wonderful!!
I have heard of Mud Island but never been (in spite of living on Port Phillip Bay for the first 24 years of my life).

Arija said...

Lovely fine sand on the beaches. Is that an old midden in the last shot?
Don't talk to me about ovens, we have been baking for the last 10 days straight.

Flat Creek Farm said...

This is beautiful and very inviting. I love the "lack of litter" and cannot wait to see the bird pics! Thanks for sharing and allowing us to be virtual travelers! -Tammy

Cindy said...

Beautiful beach! Lovely spot to enjoy the day.

amanda said...

What a special place - it looks like a lovely, untouched place. Is it undeveloped / uninhabited? My guess is so, being so low.

I spent my Saturday in snowy conditions at a place called "Mt. Itasca" nearby..
Our worlds are so very different, and I do enjoy learning about yours!

Thanks for sharing, Stewart!

Pat Tillett said...

It looks like a great place to explore!