Discover Australia’s Earliest Ship Reconstruction On Board The Notorious Ship In Redcliffe

The Notorious Ship, Australia’s oldest reconstructed ship, will be open for public inspection as it returns to the Redcliffe Peninsula this April 2023.

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History buffs and maritime enthusiasts will not want to miss the rare opportunity to board and inspect the ship at Scarborough Boat Harbour Public Wharf on April 15 and 16.

It took Captain Graeme Wylie nine years to design and construct the impressive ship entirely on his own, culminating in the ship’s launch at Port Fairy, Victoria in 2011.

Photo credit: Notorious Ship/Facebook

During the event this April, visitors will have the chance to meet Captain Wylie and crew Felicite and Jebez Reitman. They will share stories of their recent voyages and adventures aboard the ship.

Notorious Ship
Photo credit: Notorious Ship/Facebook

The event will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with the last boarding at 2:45 p.m. Admission to the event is $4 for children and $6 for adults. This is a rare opportunity to experience the rich history of Australia’s maritime past and witness a remarkable feat of reconstruction and craftsmanship.

For more details, visit Notorious Ship’s Facebook page.

About Notorious 

Notorious Ship
Photo credit: CC BY-SA 3.0/Martyvis/Wikimedia Commons

Notorious is a sailing reconstruction of a timber Portuguese or Spanish caravel from 1480, a type of lightweight sailing ship that was widely employed throughout Europe from the 15th to the 17th century. 

Interestingly, Christopher Columbus employed two caravels in his voyages of discovery to the New World.

Captain Wylie drew inspiration from the Mahogany Ship, a partially buried shipwreck that Europeans first discovered in 1836 and was last seen in 1886 between Warrnambool and Port Fairy.

Photo credit: Notorious Ship/Facebook

Since its launch in 2011, Notorious has voyaged over 20,000 nautical miles in the Bass Strait, Southern Ocean, Tasman and Coral Seas, manned only by Captain Wylie and his partner, Felicite. 

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Their journeys aboard Notorious have been a true testament to the vessel’s seaworthiness and Captain Wylie’s skill as a builder and sailor.

Published 12-April-2023

Something’s Brewing at the Scarborough Harbour Marina and It’s a Hit Among the Locals!

Launched in mid-April 2022, Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co. is a hot, new brewery and eatery in Moreton Bay’s dining scene. Discover why this new brewery on the Redcliffe Peninsula is such a hit among the locals. 

Owners Sonia and Guy Schweitzer named the new venue Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co. as their way of honouring the location, its history and the community. This was not their first intent, though, but due to issues with an existing trademark, the couple decided to name it after the location where the brewery sits.

Inspired by their travels to some of Canada’s best micro-brewing sites, the couple has since been wanting to open a brewery in the Redcliffe Peninsula. But COVID-19 and other challenges forced them to pause their plans and wait for the right moment to launch the business. 

Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co.
Photo Credit: Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co. / Facebook

And so when the opportunity came, they began searching for the perfect location that later led them to a waterfront site overlooking the Scarborough Harbour Marina. From concept to construction, the process became long and exhausting, but there was no turning back.

In September 2021, the two-level venue underwent a renovation which turned the ground floor area into a brewery and taproom, called The Engine Room. Upstairs is where the Upper Deck or the brewery’s dining space is located. Here, customers can enjoy their scrumptious meals such as fish tacos, sirloin steak with chips, soft shell crab sliders, giant chicken parmi and brewer’s cobb salad or simply admire the astounding harbour view and the Glass House Mountains with a beer in hand.

Giant chicken parmi with chips and slaw
Giant chicken parmi with chips and slaw | Photo Credit: Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co. / Facebook
Sirloin steak with chips
Sirloin steak with chips | Photo Credit: Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co. / Facebook

The venue was opened on 16 April 2022 with Sam Nunnikhoven, formerly of Green Beacon Brewing Co. at the helm of the brewery section. The beer offerings include Reef Point lager, Thirteen Hills XPA, the mid-strength Mariner and The Bay west coast IPA.

What are you drinking today?
What are you drinking today? | Photo Credit: Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co. / Facebook

And every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, customers get treated with live music featuring local artists plus large projectors and TVs showing live broadcasts of games to ensure guests are glued to their seats as they sip their ice-cold beer.

Discover more of what this waterfront venue could offer by visiting their website here

Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co. | located at 21 Bird O’ Passage Parade, Scarborough.

Looking For: Operator for New Barge Service from Redcliffe to Moreton Island

The planned reactivation of a barge service that will transport passengers from Redcliffe to Moreton Island (Mulgumpin) may have to wait a little longer as the State Government opens another tender process to find a willing operator.

Despite strong community support for a new barge service between Redcliffe Peninsula and Moreton Island, the future of the proposed project is still unclear as no decision has been made yet as to who the proponent would be. 

The State Government has already committed $4 million to go towards building related infrastructure that will make the project commercially viable. Specifically, the amount will fund the construction of a road to allow access to the barge landing site along with a seawall.

Several calls for a tender have already been made and whilst several proponents responded to the calls, an operator is yet to be officially named. A new invitation to offer was opened on 5 November 2021 and will close at 3:00 p.m. on 14 January 2022.  

“The State is seeking offers from appropriately qualified and experienced Proponents with demonstrated experience in developing, owning and operating a commercial barge service and who are willing to establish a new service from a location on the Redcliffe Peninsula to Moreton Island (Mulgumpin),” the new invitation stated.

Combie Trader II ceased to operate beginning 2008 and since then, locals have been calling for the reinstatement of the defunct barge service. In 2017, the State Government funded a business case study and identified that the most suitable spot for the proposed project is at the northern arm of Scarborough Boat Harbor. However, other sites could also be considered depending on the outcome of the invitation to offer.

“While the initial process didn’t find a viable commercial opportunity at this location, we know there is still strong interest to potentially operate it from other sites on the peninsula,” Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath said in a statement late last year.

“That’s why I’ve asked Minister Bailey and his department to expand the EOI process to see what opportunities might be available for other sites.”