Maria Island is a very spiritual place for me, so having a mile beach on the Island was extremely significant to this quest.
|General Location||Maria Island|
|Aboriginal Tribe/Language Group||Paredarerme language group|
|Access to beach||Island ferry and 6km bike ride|
|Beach Classification||Wave Dominated – Intermediate – Traverse Bar & Rip|
|Start Date/Time||15 May 2019 10:34|
|Start Location (inc Lat/Log)||S42° 37.121’ E148° 02.249’|
|End Date/Time||15 May 2019 10:51|
|End Location (inc Lat/Log)||S42° 37.270’ E148° 02.043’|
|Mode of Travel||walk|
|Distance Travelled||400 metres|
|Location of Sand Sample (lat/Long)||S42° 37.244’ E148° 02.130′|
I choose to complete this beach by myself. I have mention Maria as being a spiritual place for me, I have visited this island more times than I can remember since i was a young teenager each time the connection, and belonging I feel for this place seems to grow. Of all the places I have travelled to in this world, I never get this same connection with self and my wellness with nature as here on Maria. I seem to find calmness and inner peace when I arrive on the Island.
For all these reasons I chose to visit this mile beach quest alone. i caught the first ferry arrived at Darlington around 9:30am that sunny crisp May morning. I ride my bike the 6km down the coastal track to Four Mile Beach. Being a weekday and early there was no one else around.
To complete the journey along the 400 metres of this beach I chose to walk naked. I felt comfortable in doing this I wasn’t expecting to see or offend anyone.