Dawdling Dugong Captivates Onlookers at Redcliffe Jetty

The rare sighting of a dugong was an unexpected treat for locals and visitors at Redcliffe Jetty, who excitedly watched as the sea cow treated them to an extended display of its presence, gracefully navigating the sheltered waters close to the shore.

Dugongs, often referred to as “sea cows,” are close relatives of manatees and possess a similarly rounded physique, though they are distinguished by their dolphin-like tails.

Steve Ferrier, a dedicated volunteer at the Redcliffe Visitor Information Centre, said that the gentle giant was in the area for an impressive three hours, spending most of its time beneath the water’s surface, gracefully going back and forth by the jetty.

As word spread, the initial group of enthusiasts swelled as passersby from Redcliffe Parade and beyond were drawn to the scene. At its peak, the crowd reached around 50 people. 

Unlike their freshwater-dwelling manatee cousins, dugongs exclusively inhabit marine environments. Known for their peaceful grazing on seagrasses in the coastal waters of the Indian and western Pacific Oceans, dugongs play a vital role in maintaining aquatic ecosystems.

These gentle giants spend the majority of their lives either alone or in pairs, occasionally gathering in larger groups. With the ability to remain submerged for up to six minutes before resurfacing, dugongs utilise their tails to maintain a stationary position with their heads above water for breathing.

In Australia, dugongs occupy habitats ranging from Western Australia’s Shark Bay to the iconic Moreton Bay, extending even further north to Queensland.

The Australian dugong population is estimated at around 80,000, with approximately 14,000 found off the coast of Queensland. Classified as a “threatened” species, dugongs are protected within the waters of Moreton Bay.

Regrettably, dugongs face numerous threats, most significantly the loss of their natural habitats. Human activities such as urbanisation, agriculture, and industrialization contribute to increased siltation and nutrient levels, leading to the degradation of seagrass beds—their primary food source.

In response to these challenges, the Moreton Bay Regional Council, an active participant in the South East Queensland Water Quality Management Strategy partnership, is taking extensive measures to enhance the health of Moreton Bay and, by extension, the habitat of the cherished dugongs.

As stewards of this unique marine ecosystem, the community continues to work towards the preservation of these captivating creatures for generations to come.

Published 14-Aug-2023

Road Closures @ Redcliffe & Moreton Bay During the Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run

There will be road closures on Sunday, 16th of July, at Redcliffe, Scarborough, and Woody Point. This is to give way to the “Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run”.


Road Closures Schedule

Oxley Avenue (south of the Lilla Street, Woody Point roundabout) 4:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Entire Woodcliffe Crescent 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Entire Gayundah Esplanade 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Entire Whytcliffe Parade 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Entire Margate Parade 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Entire Marine Parade 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Entire Redcliffe Parade 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Entire Fortune Street, Scarborough 5:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Entire Second Avenue, Scarborough 5:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Northbound parking lane of the Reefpoint Esplanade, Scarborough 5:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run

Photo credit: Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run/Facebook

The Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run is Moreton Bay Region’s most popular race. The starting and finishing point is at Woody Point, Redcliffe. People of all ages and fitness levels are welcome to join the run. There are four race categories.

Photo credit: www.j2j.com.au

Half Marathon — 21.1 km

The Half Marathon scenic course will start at Belvedere Hotel next to the Woody Point Jetty and will follow the coastline to Scarborough before returning to the finishing line at the Woody Point Jetty. This race is good for athletes in practice for ages 18 years and over.

10 km Fun Run/Walk

The 10-km race is for ages 12 years and over. From the Belvedere Hotel, it will follow the coastline to the Redcliffe Jetty, before returning to the finishing point. It is a perfect course for people and competitors of all abilities.

5 km Fun Run/Walk

Children are allowed to enter this race. From the Belvedere Hotel, participants will progress 2.5 kilometres along the coastline before looping back to the finishing line.

3 km Fun Run/Walk

This race is open for all ages, perfect for family fun and fitness day. The course will start at the Belvedere Hotel and progress 1.5 kilometres along the Margate Parade, before returning to the finish.

Photo credit: Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run/Facebook

Finishers of all the races will receive “Finishers Medallion” and “Finishers Certificate”. Online late registration is still open until 15th of July. View the fees here.

Visit their official website and Facebook page for updates.