Stories from the water
Picnic paradise at Wyaralong Dam PDF Print E-mail
Written by SEQ Water   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:37

For those dont know about this dam, the team at John Crawford Marine can vouch that it makes for a great day out!

Improvements are currently being made to the picnic facilities at the Meebun Recreation Area (Eastern Trailhead) at Lake Wyaralong thanks to the feedback received during the recreation review. Seven new shelters will be installed over existing picnic tables improving shade for picnickers in an otherwise sunny spot.

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Remain aware of Whales when boating. PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Crawford Marine   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:40

The team at John Crawford Marine have heard of recent stories of boaties getting too close to whales. Remember to give whales some space, to protect yourself, your crew and the whales.

To brush up on some safty tips and guidelines log onto the Department of Environment & Heritage Protection and Department of Environment pages.

From all the team at John Crawford Marine, we hope this information assists with your boating safety and pleasure.


Matt and team.

For those seeking adventure! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matthew Hodson   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 14:39

Would you like to do this? We have just listed this very unique vessel that has provided a retired couple a trip of “many”  lifetimes! The Oceancraft was chosen for all the strengths and safety features attributed to cylinder style/pontoon boats. 51 days of adventure floating in the briny, the journey started at Tipperary Waters Marina in Darwin to begin the journey to Derby on the western Kimberley coast. Some 51 days and just over 4,100km later after hugging the coast line and investigating where practicable rivers, creeks and bays that were deemed interesting en route, the boats arrived off the public ramp at Derby on Friday 3rd August 2012.





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Now offered under half of the build price! For more info please visit  You can also read their three part journey by visiting for part 1 of 3 starting at page 50,  Part 2 of 3 starts at page 52 and Part 3 of 3 starts at page 38 .








Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 15:25
Written by Sunshine Coast Council   
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:23

Sunshine Coast Regional Council has proposed to investigate the need for marine zones on the Maroochy and Mooloolah River Estuaries and the Pumicestone Passage.

Council is undertaking community consultation in the form of an online survey open until the 20th of November 2011.  Responses will help guide Council's decision making process to determine if marine zones or other management interventions are required in specific areas identified on the Maroochy, Mooloolah and Pumicestone estuaries.

Click here for more information and to access the survey.

Honda Over The Top Expedition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Thursday, 13 October 2011 14:21

Australian-first expedition finishes in Fremantle

After 67 days at sea, dodging more than 1500 whales and 134 turtles, travelling 10,100km, using 7500 litres of fuel, catching 52 fish for dinner and suffering 57 sandfly bites... two brothers travelling ‘over the top’ of Australia in a rubber ducky to raise funds for prostate cancer finally arrived home last week. 

The Honda Over The Top Expedition began from the Sydney International Boat Show on 1 August 2011 and finished at the Royal Perth Yacht Club on 6 October.

Brothers Peter and Phillip Jenkins called an 8.6m rigid inflatable boat, commonly referred to as a ‘rubber ducky’, home for eight weeks during their Australian-first adventure – a fundraising and public awareness
event created by prostate cancer survivor Peter.

“Too many Australian men die each year from prostate cancer… it’s one of the most common cancers in men in Australia, second only to skin cancer, yet it’s rarely spoken about,” Honda Over The Top skipper
Mr Jenkins said.

Reflecting on his amazing adventure, Jenkins said the most difficult part of the expedition was the 17-hour Gulf crossing from Weipa to Nhulunbuy (Gove) in the Northern Territory.  “It was 17 hours of massive 5m choppy, confused seas with a large part of the crossing in total darkness,”he said.

“It was the same day Darwin also declared a catastrophic fire warning due to the extreme winds, which reflected the tough ocean conditions… it felt like we hit a brick wall every couple of minutes.” Jenkins said the most amazing part of the adventure was the “spine-tinglingly beautiful” Kimberley region.

“I had a similar feeling when we pulled into port at the Royal Perth Yacht Club, having completed the journey and increased public awareness of prostate cancer in the process,” Mr Jenkins said.

“We’ve had national and international media coverage and spoken to thousands of people along the journey – which was the whole point of the expedition.

“If we’ve made a difference to one life, then the whole challenge has been worthwhile… and we know we have certainly achieved that!”

All funds raised through the Honda Over The Top Expedition go to Cancer Council Australia for prostate cancer research.


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