QUEENSLAND WILD RIVERS – OLIVE RIVER, CAPE YORK 2005

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Land surrounding river is owned by a pastoral company.  Will there ever be shops, liquor store and a marina here?

It’s a wild river – inhabited by crocodiles, possibly squatters in a hut  (one surviving hermit living near the mouth of the river disappeared – possibly taken by a crocodile before these pictures were taken.  That story is elsewhere on this blog).

We’ve anchored at the Olive River several times while making marine documentary films offshore.  In the upper reaches of the river where water is brackish, grow unique palms.

Anchoring near the bank is a hazard,  many large submerged tree’s underwater.  You’d think these would make an ideal home for Barramuindi – the prize fish.   Professional fishermen always seem to have ‘cleaned them out’ before we arrive.

Currently before the Australian parliament is the Wild Rivers Legislation.

The future of this and other rivers of Cape York Peninsula rivers  is blowing in the wind.

QUETTA WRECK above water view

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**\Freedom III\ anchored near wreck of the Quetta**

This very large ship is now laying on her side in shallow water.

Depth to the top of the hull is about 12 meters, depth to ‘the sand’ only 23 meters from the surface.

When the prevailing strong current runs over the ship, the surface water \boils\.

An hour or so after this picture was taken there was small surf and a ‘roaring’ sound coming from a line of breaking waves 100 meters long – on an otherwise calm day.

Consequently the window for diving between the tides isn’t too flexible.