CLARITY: The easing of pollution has made the Brisbane CBD skyline visible from the Sunshine Coast hinterland during the coronavirus shutdown. Picture: CADE Media
CLARITY: The easing of pollution has made the Brisbane CBD skyline visible from the Sunshine Coast hinterland during the coronavirus shutdown. Picture: CADE Media

Brisvegas on the horizon as air clears for rare snaps

A TRIP to the big smoke might be ruled out, but an eagle-eyed photographer has caught a rare glimpse of the Brisbane CBD from afar.

Cade Mooney was working in the Glass House Mountains late last week when he stopped for a snap at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

He captured Mount Coonowrin on a pristine day, with the Brisbane CBD skyline visible in the background, more than 90km away.

"I couldn't believe it," Mr Mooney said.

"I've never been able to see the city from there before."

He said a lack of heat haze might've contributed to the clarity.

Bruce Highway traffic had reduced significantly since the restrictions had been imposed.

More than 60,000 vehicles a day travelled between Caloundra Rd and Sunshine Motorway on the Bruce Highway, many commuting to and from Brisbane.

Other local photographers, some with more than 20 years' local experience, couldn't recall ever seeing the city from Mary Cairncross before.

Around the globe air quality improvements had led to similar sightings, with the Himalayan mountain range visible for the first time in more than 30 years in northern India, as air quality lifted.

Mr Mooney said he'd also been surprised with the detail visible in the sand dunes of Moreton Island from Caloundra in recent days.

The Bureau of Meteorology's Alex Majchrowski said onshore wind flows pushing in coastal air would be helping with improved visibility, but that could change in the coming days, with westerly winds bringing dust and other pollutants and hotter temperatures tipped to arrive from Friday.


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