The water is rising higher all the time on the eastern side of the island. A sign of global warming I'm afraid. The local council has closed the road that runs beside the beach because it is being undermined. Even the casurina trees are dieing and falling into the water.
From the walking track that goes through the Melaluka wetlands you can now see the sea where only recently large trees blocked your view. Our house is on the high side of the island and there is a buffer of land between the beach and the houses on Norfolk beach but the ocean is encrouching.
This is the beach where Matthew Flinders landed in his boat Tom Tumb back in the early 1800's . That boat was seriously small.
This is a replica of the original ‘Tom Thumb’ built in 1987 by Ken Garvins and reproduced by courtesy of The Sydney Heritage Fleet.Photograph courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales.
Fancy sailing all this way in that rowing boat? They would have had to find their own food, faced hostile tribes not to mention sharks, crocodiles and storms.
There have been lots of changes on Coochie since then.