A mysterious message in a bottle has been traced back to its sender after a 3,000km journey.

The bottle and handwritten message thrown into the ocean two years ago in Tasmania was found by a man at Shoalwater Bay in Queensland.

The letter was written in 2016 by high school student Ella Dignay, now in year eight, and was found by caretaker Joe Simpson, shares Daily Mail.

‘Dear Finder, My name is Ella and I go to Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School,’ the letter said.

‘…I’d like to congratulate you for finding this bottle.’

Mr Simpson, who found the washed up bottle on the shore, said he had to break the bottle to read the message.

He was surprised to see the sender was from Tasmania, and realised the bottle had been on a two-year journey, through the Bass Strait past Sydney.

‘It’s just amazing, from the south end of Tasmania all the way up to the east coast of Australia,’ said Mr Simpson.

Ella was initially in disbelief when she realised her message had a receiver until her friend notified her saying her letter had been posted about on Facebook.

The letter was written for a school project, which was then thrown into the water from a fishing boat in waters near Bicheno, in Tasmania’s east.

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How awesome is that!

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  • How nice was the person who found the message in the bottle to try to find the original sender.


  • That’s so cool it’s amazing how the bottle was after 2 years


  • I would love to find a message in a bottle on the beach. It would also be awesome to find the person who wrote it. Wow!


  • This is pretty cool. Not only up find a message in a bottle but to find the person who wrote it.


  • Sounds very cool.


  • How awesome is that indeed ! Lovely story.


  • Not only was it found it obviously hadn’t been damaged enough to break it.
    It probably headed backwards a few times with the tide. The water between Tas. across to the mainland can be very rough and stormy. Those factors would play a big part in why it took that long.


  • That’s so great! A feel good story.


  • A great story and it took two years,very amazing!


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