Moon Point Bank

Moon Point, on the sand island at the top of Hervey Bay's Great Sandy Strait, is more or less opposite Urangan on mainland Australia. From there the island curves away to the north east as the mainland heads off in the opposite direction to the north west. Hervey Bay fills the space between.

Moon Point Bank is a large sandbank west of Moon Point, with the smaller Pelican Bank closer inshore. Totally devoid of vegetation, Moon Point Bank is a popular stopover for people cruising the waters of Hervey Bay and Fraser Island. Here, visitors go for a swim, participate in a game of beach cricket or enjoy a beach barbecue. From time to time, it is even used as a venue for weddings, with the guests travelling by cruise boat while the bride and groom arrive for the waterside ceremony on jet skis.

With remarkably clear waters, this area offers boat fishers some great whiting and garfish angling. Depending on sea and wind conditions, most anglers work their way around the spit and cast lightly weighed yabbies into the sudsy water on the spit and allow the bait to wash over the bank. Good numbers of dart (swallowtail) frequent this area and golden trevally work the shallow banks around the sandspit, particularly to the north.

One of the most unusual dive sites in Southern Queensland is a series of steep sand drop-offs, just west of Moon Point, called Moon Ledge. A coffee rock ledge stretching for some hundreds of metres, its depth varies from 10 to 21 metres. Shallow caves and fallen boulders characterise this site. Schools of large tropical fish frequent the area, particularly cod. The top of the ledge flattens off into a coral and sandy reef. Water temperature ranges between 17 an 29 degrees and visibility varies from 5 to 20 metres.

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When you descend at Moon Ledge the first thing that crosses your mind is that the site is aptly named. While the landscape is not exactly lunar in appearance, its overhangs and sand caves have a weird bareness, which, at first sight promises little marine life, but as you swim down and along the drop-offs from 12 metres to 30 metres, you find they provide many unexpected encounters. Just when you think the dive is unlikely to yield anything exciting, you're likely to surprise a huge green turtle hiding in a cave, or you may swim around a bend into the middle of a parrotfish or blue tusk fish.

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