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Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island

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Brown Lake (Bummeria) is a perched lake on North Stradbroke Island, in South-East Queensland, Australia. The ecosystem is an example of a coastal non-floodplain sand lake and is characterised by acidic water, nutrient-poor and sandy soil, shrub-like vegetation and wet heathland.
Brown Lake is of geographical significance, possessing ecological value. The geomorphology of the ecosystem is representative of the unique parabolic dune ridge systems that formed during the Pleistocene epoch. As a perched lake, the hydrological operations of Brown Lake are highly diverse and complex.
The lake is also of cultural significance to the Aboriginal population of North Stradbroke Island, the Quandamooka people, as they possess a spiritual and physical relationship with the ecosystem. The indigenous population care for and protect the landscape, sharing traditional environmental management knowledge.
Brown Lake’s cultural heritage and ecological value, along with the environmental damage associated with tourism, has led to increased conservation. The Queensland Government and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) have proposed an improved environmental management plan, combining traditional and contemporary management practices.
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  • Tranquil spot that is fairly easily accessible via sealed and then short bumpy section of dirt road. Picnic tables scattered around under the teatrees. The pure rainwater lake looked enticing for a... 
    Tranquil spot that is fairly easily accessible via sealed and then short bumpy section of dirt road. Picnic tables scattered around under the teatrees. The pure rainwater lake looked enticing for a...  more »
  • Brown lake, rich in Tannin from the ti trees is also a special place for the Aborigines. It is a safe swimming place with sandy underfoot for paddlers, and its surrounded by ti trees and secluded 
    Brown lake, rich in Tannin from the ti trees is also a special place for the Aborigines. It is a safe swimming place with sandy underfoot for paddlers, and its surrounded by ti trees and secluded  more »
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  • Amazing lake, recommend it.
  • Such a refreshing place to visit on an amazing Island. Lake Bummiera has special significance to the local Aboriginal people, and if you visit at a quiet time of day you’ll feel the magic. I acknowledge and respect the Quandamooka people who belong to country. I would like to share a Poem by local Artist, Brendon Coghill to give understanding to the significance or this sacred place. I will tell you a story of a lake they call Brown, For we call it Bumeira where the t-trees surround. As the women tell stories and the children all play, Gabul the giant carpet snake protects them all day. This snake has been seen by my peoples own eye’s, For I know this is true for my people don’t lie. To swim in the lake we have to ask for permission; To enter and enjoy without any further discussion. We are not permitted to swim to the centre of the lake, It is where her spirit lies and sometimes she’s awake. The black spirits that you see are our people from our past, As we sit and tell our stories of our Dreamtime they will last. The goanna’s near the lake are always in and out of trees, Crawling through the sand always searching for a feed. To come together at this lake is so special for our race, For when we swim and tell stories we leave not a trace. The only remains that we leave are our footprints in the sand, Now they don’t belong to us they now belong to the land. Night time we are not permitted to venture anywhere near it. So respect this sacred woman’s lake when you visit this ancient land, And take your time and nestle down like goanna’s in the sand. Bumeira is very sacred to our women and children you see, So enjoy this special place and the surrounding t-trees.

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