Number 3 Creek, Missionary Bay, July 2012

The changing faces of Hinchinbrook

Hinchinbrook, my home, my work, my play…

Scrolling through my computer the other day I came across the Cyclone Yasi file.

For those of you living under a rock in early February 2011, Cyclone Yasi, the mother of all storms, swept through devastating the region and pretty much put me out of business for a year. Thanks Yasi!

But that is all behind us now and the region has gone from strength to strength and is almost back to the incredible beauty it was pre-Yasi.

What seemed like a leafless wasteland a few years ago is now back to becoming a thriving forest as the photos below show. Note the before and after mangrove recovery process.

To showcase it’s incredible beauty and recovery, I have put together a little tribute to my spectacular backyard, with a few fishing clips thrown in of course.

Then and Now... A photo journey.

Gustel Homan took this pic from Nina Peak pre-Yasi in 2008... Lush!

Port Hinchinbrook marina destroyed by Yasi Feb 3, 2011. Note the deforested hills. Only the marina palm trees had leaves.

The mangroves of Missionary Bay March 2012. Vast expanses of dead and dying mangroves. So sad.

A remarkable recovery. July 2014 and only a few small sections of dead mangroves can be seen. The once lush forests are returning.

A bit of history...

British Naturalist Charles Hedley said of the area in 1910, "The mangrove swamp stretches below like some vast green meadow, and, if the tide be full, the green is veined with silver."


And the Traditional Girramay Owners tell the story of the first surveyor "Giroo Gurrill, half man and half eel, who rose out of the Hinchinbrook Channel and, impressed with the rugged granduer of the island, called out it's name 'Injun-borr-rorr'. The sea was full of barramundi which Gurrill named Ginbulla."(From Giroo Gurrill The first Surveyor, CJ Henry).  

View from Hill 89, Creek number 3, Missionary Bay, Hinchinbrook Island, July 2014.

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So… we hope you enjoyed the video and found the photos interesting.

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Until next week,

Cheers Ryan


About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Keith Flemig.

    Reply Reply June 24, 2018

    Caught my first Barra from Vic McCrystal’s boat many years ago. Still go to Lucinda every year. Great film.

  • Glen Smith

    Reply Reply June 12, 2018

    i grew up in Babinda just up the road from Cardwell and Hinchinbrook. Used to pop down that way a fair bit for a fish. watching your video makes me realise what im missing now im down on the Gold Coast. Hinchinbrook is truely in the best part of the world. You are so lucky to live and worked there. enjoyable video to watch and after seeing it i know i will be back for a fish very soon.

  • Gary Van Itallie

    Reply Reply May 1, 2018

    Wow what a back yard you have to fish in, I am putting Hinchinbrook on my bucket list to come and visit , very beautiful of course the boat will be coming . Thanks Ryan for the video.


    • Ryan Moody

      Reply Reply June 13, 2018

      Thanks Gary, glad you liked the video mate, definitely put Hinchinbrook on your bucket list, and DEFINITELY bring your boat!

  • John Howson

    Reply Reply July 25, 2014

    I have never been up that far up the coast. your film makes me wont to come up there but unfortunately I can not afford too, keep on filming and I will keep on watching,

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