Conservation Volunteers Australia Gladstone co-ordinator Jodi Jones is in the place she calls her backyard, the mouth of the Boyne River, at Boyne Island.
Conservation Volunteers Australia Gladstone co-ordinator Jodi Jones is in the place she calls her backyard, the mouth of the Boyne River, at Boyne Island. Brenda Strong

Each day at river mouth paints a new portrait

A DAY in the life of Jodi Jones demands she spend most of her time in the scenic locations of Gladstone.

As the regional co-ordinator for Conservation Volunteers Australia, the beauty of the outdoors is a passion that enlivens each day for Ms Jones.

For our first instalment of My Special Place, Ms Jones takes us on a tour of her special place - the mouth of the Boyne River.

She has been visiting the river mouth off Wydham Avenue for the best part of 15 years, and she has found that each new day paints a new portrait.

"We are so lucky to have this beautiful environment; the river changes every day," she said.

"At times it can be pretty wild and at other times so very peaceful," she said.

"Every time I go there it is like time slows down, just so I can really appreciate the how precious and amazing the river is."

Ms Jones says that although dugong and turtle spotting rate highly as her most treasured memories of the Boyne River mouth, she says the best is yet to come.

"It is just too beautiful to only have one favourite memory," she said.

"It is a special place to relax. Every sunrise and sunset there is just beautiful.

"My children love to fish and play on the beach, go kayaking and swimming.

"There are very few places you can also go to see marine turtles just right in front of you on the mainland.

"We are pretty lucky to have regular visits from our marine friends and other pretty amazing wildlife."

Ms Jones is lucky enough to call the piece of paradise her backyard, and has seen immense change take place during the past 15 years of her visiting the spot.

Conservation Volunteers Australia Gladstone co-ordinator Jodi Jones is in the place she calls her backyard, the mouth of the Boyne River, at Boyne Island.
Conservation Volunteers Australia Gladstone co-ordinator Jodi Jones is in the place she calls her backyard, the mouth of the Boyne River, at Boyne Island. Brenda Strong


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