The Beginning

This story starts on the 7th of August, 2018 – I am calling this “the beginning”.

The Barge, Stradbroke Island Ferries


It was a Winter’s day, frosty for all bar me.

I had planned a day trip to Stradbroke Island with my family, nothing big or exciting, just a typical day trip.

None of us had ever been to Straddie before, we found a good deal on the internet and we decided, let’s do it.

I had recently bought a GoPro Hero6 and I was really excited to just video the whole experience, mostly so we could document all of the adventures for our 9 month old, so we could reflect on it in years to come.


Anyway, we had no plan. We had 2 cars, and 7 hours to explore as much of this island as we could, and did we underestimate the size, or what?

I am surprised at how long it actually took us to get anywhere. This island is big.

We stopped for lunch at the Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel. It was a well situated hotel, overlooking some pretty fantastic ocean views. The food was very good, and was included as part of our ferry trip, so that’s a bonus.

After lunch, we headed down to the Brown Lake, which actually marks “the beginning”.

I took a photograph at the Brown Lake, and it wasn’t until later in the day that I realised the type of photo I had taken. The effect in the sand, and the way the image turned out shocked me. 

Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island


It was this low angle, fish-eye style photo that intrigued me into the world of photography.

That was it. My interest had peaked, and it was time to buy a dedicated camera to see where it takes me.

To view the video from this day, check out below. 

This is the beginning of my journey, and I’m excited to bring you along with me.

— Dan

My Grandfather, and I at Brown Lake
Day Video – GoPro Hero6

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