One of Brisbane’s most significant points of difference is that the city boundaries include a significant portion of the 3,400 km2 Moreton Bay Marine Park and Moreton Island National Park. Not a man-made icon, but a beautiful natural phenomenon that is home to a vast array of marine life including the largest herd of dugong in the world so close to a major population base. Bird life also abounds with internationally recognised roosting sites for migrating wader birds including the Manly Harbour roost site.
Who hasn’t been impressed approaching Brisbane airport from over the “Bay”? Separated from the Pacific Ocean by Moreton Island, “The Bay” presents every shade of blue, turquoise and green over the deep parts and sand bars.
Over 50% of the oxygen required to sustain life is produced by the sea. From deep ocean plankton to shallow water sea grass beds. The prevailing daily bay breezes provide Brisbane with clean, bracing sea air – sea air charged with healthy negative ions that accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen.
How fortunate are we who live in close proximity to such a natural wonder? Manly truly is “Where Brisbane meets the Bay”.