Photo Shoot: My Life in Far North Queensland, Concordia Lutheran College, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

by BW

I come from Hope Vale which is 46km north of Cooktown. This is the logo of our shirt. The white cockatoo means Waandaarn and the black cockatoo means Ngurraarn.

I am 13 years old and I am in Grade 8 at Concordia Lutheran College in Toowoomba. I am a boarder. I have two Big Brothers, a Little Sister and my parents. I've been living in Cairns for 6 Years with my Family. I went to Edge Hill State School and then I moved up Hope Vale were I went hope Vale State School when I was in grade 5. This is where I live.

Some things I like to do when I am at home are going fishing down at the beach with my family. We go to Elim. We catch lots of crab's and Barramundi. We went swimming at a water hole called Munbah. The Pelican (boat) trip was at Elim Beach to Cape Flattery Silica Mines and Hammock Beach, E and D took us. We did lots of good stuff to keep us active and because they took us way out Hope Vale to learn about hunting, cooking, fishing, and everything else. This is at Elim Beach. This hill is called Sand City.

At Hope Vale there are about 500 or 600 people live there. It's a small community and so every holiday some people take us out of Hope Vale or take us to the beach for two or three weeks. We have lots of fun down at Elim. We go to Cape Flattery Silica Mines on the pelican boat. And last Christmas holidays I went and it was fun. This is where we were diving.

When I went on the Pelican J and J and T and I were on the final boat trip down Endeavour River, a gentle sail for three-hours. It was the funniest time when J and I were sitting on the edge of the boat. When the boat went against the wave I nearly fell off and I was shocked, because the water was black and deep. But then I got seasick and I had bad headache, vomiting and feeling weak, so they had to go back to Cook Town Wharf. This is at Elim Beach near the mangrove.