A blog about Lamb Island in Moreton Bay, Queensland – a unique little paradise under forty kilometres as the seagull flies from Brisbane CBD.
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Saturday, May 18, 2013

And now for something completely different...

Little more than a decade ago, the small mainland shopping centre of Victoria Point boasted maybe a dozen-or-so shops. But as the southern bayside area belatedly started being noticed by Brisbane developers and home seekers, that little retail area has grown into 25 hectares of major regional shopping centre with supermarkets, cinemas, cafés and restaurants, fast-food outlets, medical centres (handy for the fast-food eaters), and hundreds of other shops.

While there's a smaller shopping centre at Redland Bay just on a kilometre from our waterbus terminus, Victoria Point is only four kilometres farther on and offers a wider range of 'retail experiences'. But for us Lamb Islanders, who aren't really used to traffic, let alone crowds and noise and the hustle-and-bustle of conspicuous consumption backgrounded by PA systems playing muzak interspersed with exhortations to buy stuff, it's Hell-On-Earth. In fact, most of us find that even just an hour or two in the ‘real world’ sends us scuttling back to our quiet little island in a state of bewildered culture shock, wondering why anyone would live that way.