Red Island

Red Island is just across the waters from the end of Seisia wharf.

And if you have a boat it is super easy to visit.

Just take off from the Seisia boat ramp and you are there within minutes,

... and needless to say, you don't need more than a tinny.

red island from seisia

Late in the year the waters are calm, but the breeze can also pick up quickly.

taking off from seisia

Once across you can pull up almost anywhere, like on this southern beach,

getting to red island

... and enjoy the views towards Loyalty Beach,

red island seisia

... and towards Seisia (you can see on the photo below just how close the wharf is).

seisia from red island

On the island, you can also see some history,

red island history

... as the area has been through gold rushes, Second World War and finally the settlement by Saibai islanders in the mid 1950s.

seisia history

You can also ride the boat around the island,

taking off from red island

... and discover its different beaches and bays.

red island beaches

After which you get back to Seisia Wharf

back in seisia

... which is usually busy with fishing,

seisia wharf

... as you pull up at the boat ramp,

seisia sunset

... if you are at the right time (as opposed to us here),

seisia beach

... there could well be a beautiful sunset :-)

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