December 2009: The charter boat “Friendship” is no longer at Mission Beach doing her once famous day-trips, neither is the live coral shown exposed at low tide on Ellison Reef. Crown of Thorns starfish devastated that reef two years after the above picture was taken. A pity as good examples of low tide reef are not easily seen in tourist zones today. Live hard coral would still, hopefully, exist at Beaver Cay which is the key destination for day trips out of Mission Beach. JHH
The wild dingo was ‘a bit of a worry’ at the time it was encountered. Eighteen months later many island dingos were shot by park rangers after a young boy died from being mauled by one of these native dogs. In the north of Fraser Island their strain is considered ‘pure’ as the above picture illustrates.