Home!

Day 84,  THURSDAY 20th November 2014

We left Manly at 6:00am to catch the good weather that was not forecast! Clear skies, sunshine and a light northerly wind.

Goodbye Manly

Goodbye Manly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a lovely leisurely trip across Moreton Bay then down Canaipa Passage, past Jumpinpin Bar, Cooran Cove, and the Gold Coast Seaway.

Dunes at Jumpinpin

Dunes at Jumpinpin

Raceboat near Cooran Cove

Raceboat near Cooran Cove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then under the Southport Bridge and home at 10:00am!

We are home

We are home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twelve weeks away. I can’t believe it!

 

Manly – almost home

Day 83,  WEDNESDAY 18th November 2014

The journey from Mooloolaba was incredibly comfortable. We left Mooloolaba very early (4:45am) to catch the tide in to Brisbane. There was almost no wind, only a very light northerly, and the seas were very calm.

Caloundra on the way to Manly from Mooloolaba

Caloundra on the way to Manly from Mooloolaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrived Manly at 9:30 to be met by Jim Stuart at the fuel wharf. It was really good to see him again.

As night fell a big thunder storm hit with lots of rain.

Had a very nice Thai dinner with Jim then one last sleep aboard before the final leg home tomorrow.

Mooloolba on the way home

Day 82,  TUESDAY 18th November 2014

Arrived at Mooloolaba at 9:45am after a comfortable ride from the Wide Bay Bar. Gave the boat a wash then went for a ride on our bikes before the storm came.

While in Mooloolaba we took the opportunity to visit Ben Alexander, our travel agent for the upcoming visit to Rio de Janeiro. We will have two days there as a side trip from our South American adventure. And how lucky are we that the Carnivale is on then!?! So we are very much looking forward to a samba good time.

Last ride in Mooloolaba

Last ride in Mooloolaba

Storm brewing in Mooloolaba

Storm brewing in Mooloolaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later, we had a very nice early dinner at the yacht club.

 

Pelican Bay, Wide Bay Bar

Day 81,  MONDAY 17th November 2014

Typically unpredictable, the weather and the forecast changed!

Today, the sun was shining with a relatively light 10 knot northerly wind. The revised forecast indicates that we should be able to cross the bar on Tuesday morning and then have an easy run to Mooloolaba in light conditions.

In line with the forecast the weather at Pelican Bay (just south of the Wide Bay Bar) was terrible. 30+knots from the south east. We anchored right up inside the bay just behind Inskip Point expecting the poor conditions to abate during the evening. (Which they did).

But here are some shots of the rather blustery and misty conditions when we arrived.

Pelican Bay 3

Pelican Bay 3

Pelican Bay 2

Pelican Bay 2

Pelican Bay 1

Pelican Bay 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inskip Point Lighthouse

Inskip Point Lighthouse after crossing the bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urangan

Day 79,  SATURDAY 15th November 2014

The guys from Bay Auto Marine Electrical arrived at the boat at 7:45am. They tested the batteries and reported that they were both OK. Fortunately, these guys knew what they were doing and were able to identify the reason for the batteries going flat. It turns out that the main engine’s alternator is not charging these batteries! The cause is either a VSR or a battery cable. Anyway, we can deal with the situation by running the generator while we are under way. I will resolve this properly when we return to the Gold Coast.

Good job Bay Auto Marine Electrical. http://www.bame.com.au/

Kay Garland (Lyn’s cousin), who lives in Hervey Bay, picked us up  and from the Marina and took us to a local new pub for lunch together with her son Ben. Afterwards she took us to see her lovely home then provision shopping. It was really good to catch up with them.

Kay and Ben at Hervey Bay
Kay and Ben at Hervey Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 80,  SUNDAY 16th November 2014

The weather has turned quite nasty (30+ knots from the north) making the seas quite rough. So we have delayed our departure for the Wide Bay Bar until conditions improve. The forecast for the next few days is not encouraging.

So we took the opportunity to catch up with Kay and Ben again. We went to the movies (Pride with Bill Nighy) then late lunch/very early dinner at the Boathouse Seafood Café at the marina. Well, what a surprise! The food was outstanding and incredibly low priced. Their Salt and Pepper Calamari was exceptional. It turns out that the restaurant operators (Karen and Dave) only took over two weeks ago having previously had may years experience in 5 star establishments. We are certain that they will be successful.

Hervey Bay Cinema

Hervey Bay Cinema

 

 

 

 

Bundaberg

Day 78,  FRIDAY 14th November 2014

At Bundaberg Marina

At Bundaberg Marina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ideally we should have left Bundaberg early to catch at least an hour of out going tide for the ride to Hervey Bay. But I thought it best to get the batteries tested and changed if necessary before we left.  Power for the stern thruster is critical, without it, it is almost impossible to dock the boat.

I organised Battery World to come to the boat. Well, Jason form Battery World said that one of the batteries was Ok but the other one had reached the end of its life. However, the only suitable batteries they had for this application would not fit in to the battery box! So we left Bundaberg with one supposedly faulty battery and will try and get one in Urangan.

Arrived at Urangan at 3:00pm. Peter and Dean from Bay Auto and Marine Electrics will test and maybe fit a new battery on Saturday morning (nice to see that they will work on a Saturday, much appreciated). Coincidentally, Dean has worked on Liberator before when he was with East Coast Marine some years ago.

 

 

1770 (Unscheduled)

Day 77,  THURSDAY 13th November 2014

Left Pancake Creek at first light (5:00am) to head for Bundaberg. After travelling at an uncomfortable 7 knots for an hour and half in an effort to conserve fuel I determined that I had made another miscalculation of fuel consumption.  Apart from the fact that, at that speed, it was going to take 8 hours to reach Bundaberg, I reckoned that we may not even get there.  A look at the chart revealed an opportunity to get fuel at the Town of 1770.

The entrance to 1770 at Round Hill Head  is very shallow (less than half a metre at low tide) and the whole creek is full of sand banks. So, with some reluctance but little choice, I contacted Round Hill Head VMR who gave advice about crossing the bar and provided a contact number for the marina which is really just a fuel wharf. The high tide was not until 1:00 pm so we anchored off shore to wait for the tide to rise sufficiently for us to get through. In any event we had to wait for the cruise boat, Spirit of 1770, to vacate the fuel wharf and head out for their daily trip to Lady Musgrave Island.

Spirit of 1770
Spirit of 1770
Round Head Hill creek while anchored off shore

Round Head Hill creek while anchored off shore

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocks at entrance to Round Hill Head Creek

Rocks at entrance to Round Hill Head Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting to the fuel wharf was a challenge. I tried to turn around just in front of the fuel wharf but got stuck on a sand bank! Two very kind gentlemen, who were carrying out a marine survey of the creek, came to our aid and pulled us off the sand bank and up to the wharf. The price of the fuel was not cheap but considering the circumstances I was grateful to get any! With the high tide some hours away, we took the opportunity to go for a walk and have a look at the rather delightful little settlement.

Fuel Wharf at 1770

Fuel Wharf at 1770

 

Home of Spirit of 1770
Home of Spirit of 1770

 

 

 

Official evidence of our visit  to 1770

Official evidence of our visit to 1770

Walking on nature track at 1770

Walking on nature track at 1770

Nice parks in 1770

Nice parks in 1770

Michael obviously not lost

Michael obviously not lost

Marine Survey equipment at 1770

Marine Survey equipment at 1770

Marine Rescue at 1770

Marine Rescue at 1770

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our way back to Liberator we found a couple (Dave Parks and Jenny Keeffe from Brisbane) standing on the dock admiring our boat. We had a very nice chat and invited them on board for a look. I found Dave very interesting having been a pilot in Vietnam in the 60’s and commercially after that. They were travelling around Australia in their caravan. Perhaps we will do that after our sailing days are over.

 

Dave Parks and  Jenny Keeffe at 1770

Dave Parks and Jenny Keeffe at 1770

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1:00 pm, now in much deeper water, I managed to turn Liberator around without touching bottom, and easily found our way out of the creek to continue our journey to Bundaberg.

Round Hill Head from off shore

Round Hill Head from off shore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But that’s not all! To top off an eventful day about 15 miles short of Bundaberg we suddenly lost our steering! I quickly determined that the problem was a flat battery which was caused by the excessive use of the stern thruster at 1770 when we were trying to tie up at the fuel wharf.  But then, of course, the generator would not start because it uses the same battery. I overcame this problem by joining in the house batteries. Once the battery was under charge steering was restored.

After a long and trying day we finally arrived at Bundaberg at 5:00 pm looking forward to a good night’s sleep.

Pancake Creek

Day 76,  WEDNESDAY 12th November 2014

We were going to stop at Graham Creek (Gladstone Harbour) after passing through the Narrows but decided to continue on to Pancake Creek because the tide was favourable (ebbing south) and the wind was light and coming from the north east. We made very good time, the whole journey taking only 7 hours.

The Narrows is getting easier for us now that we have traversed it 4 times.  It is far less stressful knowing what to expect when crossing mud flats that only have enough water over them at high tide to sail over.

Pancake Creek 1

Pancake Creek 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anchorage at Pancake Creek is excellent providing a comfortable setting for the night. We plan to leave very early (4:00am) in the morning to catch as much of the ebbing tide as possible for the run to Bundaberg. We are a bit low on fuel so we will have to travel a little slower than usual.

Pancake Creek 1

Pancake Creek 1

Pancake Creek 2

Pancake Creek 2

Pancake Creek 3

Pancake Creek 3

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset at Pancake Creek
Sunset at Pancake Creek

Rosslyn Bay on the way home

Day 75,  TUESDAY 11th November 2014

Arrived at Rosslyn Bay at 4:00pm after leaving Island Head at 11:45 on the ebbing tide. It was an easy run but the wind was still coming from the east but not too strong. For the next week the forecast is for northerly winds which should assist us the rest of the way.

On Wednesday had a nice early morning walk from the marina to Pebble Beach.

Pebble Beach Rosslyn Bay
Pebble Beach Rosslyn Bay

Island Head Creek Revisited

Day 73,  SUNDAY 9th November 2014

From the Dukes we headed for Island Head Creek about 40 miles to the south. It was not a particularly comfortable ride because the area between our destinations is where the tides from the Whitsundays meet the tides from Gladstone. Which means that for half the journey you are travelling with the tide and the other half against the tide. As a result we were very happy to arrive at Island Head Creek (where we stopped on the way up).

We found a great location to anchor a long way up the creek. In spite of the windy conditions it felt like the boat was at a marina.  Which was just as well because the weather forecast meant that we had to spend a couple of nights here to catch favourable conditions for the next leg to Rosslyn Bay.

Went for a nice long walk on the beach where we met some other boaties doing the same. We got chatting and the owner of the boat Sacha B, Paul Swan, said he knew both Jim Stuart and David Beer. I am not surprised, Jim seems to know everyone on the water!

Anchored near the beach at Island Head
Anchored near the beach at Island Head

 

Low Tide at Island Head
Low Tide at Island Head

 

 

 

 

Muscle man at Island Head

Muscle man at Island Head

 

 

 

Sacha B at Island Head
Sacha B at Island Head

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boat Girl in action at Island Head Creek

Boat Girl in action at Island Head Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul told us about a spot on the beach where there is supposedly a mobile signal. It was clearly marked with white paint on a rock. We tried it but could only text.

Mobile Phone Box at Island Head Creek

Mobile Phone Box at Island Head Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On day 2 at Island Head Creek we heard this thundering roar and watched a fleet of Defence Force helicopters passing by on their way to exercises at Shoal Water Bay.

Helicopter over Island Head Creek

Helicopter over Island Head Creek

Defence force in actiOn at Shoal Water Bay

Defence force in actiOn at Shoal Water Bay

The Dukes (not Percy Islands)

Day 72,  SATURDAY 8th November 2014

We arrived at Middle Percy Island about 11:00am and tried anchoring at the recommended location near the beach but it was too rolly. So we had a look inside a little inlet which would have been great except for the fact that it dries out at low tide!

Anyway we went on to the Duke Islands about 20 miles further south. There was not much to see. The Dukes are occupied by a pastoral company who use them for grazing. So instead of trees and bush the land is clear. But it was a good place to anchor for the night.

 

Hunter Island The Dukes

Hunter Island The Dukes

Hunter Island at low tide and sunset

Hunter Island at low tide and sunset

 

Mackay (not Percy Islands)

Day 71,  FRIDAY 7th November 2014

Today we had planned to travel to the Percy Islands and then on to Island Head and Rosslyn Bay. However, when we were about 30 miles in to the journey I recalculated our fuel requirements and found that we might not have enough to reach our destination at the current rate of consumption. So, erring on the side of caution, we diverted to Mackay to refuel. While there we took the opportunity to fill up with water and buy some fresh provisions.

Being in Mackay was also an opportunity to meet up with our friends Damien and Sue Seymour (manager of A D Body Corporate). We had drinks on board followed by a lovey dinner with them at the Thai restaurant at the marina.

Thai Dinner with Sue and Damien Seymour at Mackay
Thai Dinner with Sue and Damien Seymour at Mackay

Brampton Island

Day 70,  THURSDAY 6th November 2014

We arrived at Brampton Island at 8:45am on a warm and sunny day. The first thing we noticed was the broken jetty. It was a sign of things to come on our shore visit.

Sad broken jetty at Brampton Island

Sad broken jetty at Brampton Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyn has now taken over starting and driving the tender. Here she is in action:

Boat Girl at Brampton

Boat Girl at Brampton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At first it looked like the resort was still operating but once we got ashore it was obvious that it had been some years since there were paying visitors. In fact it looked like a scene from a movie where equipment and vehicles are left behind but no people. Even the train that used to transport people and goods from the jetty is still there.

Brampton - Great beach but no-one home

Brampton – Great beach but no-one home

Dilapidated pool at Brampton Island Resort
Dilapidated pool at Brampton Island Resort

 

Brampton Island Resort at low tide

Brampton Island Resort at low tide

 

 

 

 

 

Vacant accommodation at Brampton
Vacant accommodation at Brampton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While ashore we spoke to a nice gentleman called Peter Borchardt who has been sailing his self built boat for many years since retiring after working in the mines. (When we were in Mackay a few days later, his old supervisor,  Damien Seymour, remembered him).

Peter Borchardt at Brampton Island

Peter Borchardt at Brampton Island

Peter Borchardt on his boat at Brampton Island

Peter Borchardt on his boat at Brampton Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We took advantage of an opportunity to get some exercise by walking the National Park tracks.

Walking on Brampton

Walking on Brampton

On the way to peak at Brampton

On the way to peak at Brampton

Brampton Island view from walking track

Brampton Island view from walking track

Brampton Roads covered

Brampton Roads covered

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking North from Brampton

Looking North from Brampton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We  were rather taken with Brampton Island. It seems such a shame that the resort is no longer operating. I would have thought that there is an opportunity for someone to get it going again or maybe a private company resort for staff.  (Maxsoft?).

The Jouney Home Begins

Day 69,  WEDNESDAY 5th November 2014

The weather conditions for the journey home are not quite ideal. So we have decided to break the voyage up into very small steps so that we do not have to travel more than a couple of hours a day.

When the conditions become more favourable we will extend each leg accordingly.

So today we intended to travel to Lindeman Island which is only 12 miles (about 1 hour taking it easy). This would give us a chance to go ashore for another look at the deserted resort (Club Med).

But when we arrived the weather conditions were not favourable for anchorage so we went across to Burning Point on Shaw Island. We went ashore for a walk and spoke to a couple who were crabbing. They had been sailing around for 4 years.

Michael at Burning Point Shaw Island

Michael at Burning Point Shaw Island

Mermaid at Burning Point

Mermaid at Burning Point

Crabbers at Burning Point

Crabbers at Burning Point

Melbourne Cup Day on Hamilton Island

Day 68,  TUESDAY 4th November 2014

We have come to Hamilton Island to fill up with water and replenish our supply of Bob’s Bakery’s Jam and Cream Donuts, Wholemeal Rolls, Croissants, Quiche, Custard Tarts and Lamingtons.

Goodies for the journey home

Goodies for the journey home

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pub was overflowing with Cup revellers so we decided to stay on board our boat and watch the race on TV. By evening the crowd had dispersed so we went to the pub for dinner.

We sat at a table occupied by a couple from the UK (Graham and Pam) who were on a year long world tour. And they are doing it without flying anywhere! Amazing.

Pam and Graham at the Pub
Pam and Graham at the Pub

Cid Harbour

Day 67,  MONDAY 3rd November 2014

Spent last night at Stonehaven. It was not particularly comfortable so I have made a note to avoid this anchorage in the future when the conditions are similar.

Today the weather is inclement. Clouds, rain and humid. We have nothing on our agenda but rest and relaxation. So we spent the day anchored at Sawmill Beach in Cid Harbour close to one of our previous visits to this location.

Overcast Cid Harbour
Overcast Cid Harbour

 

 

 

 

 

Great Barrier Reef

Day 66,  SUNDAY 2nd November 2014

Today was very hot and humid with light wind and calm seas. It took us just over 2 hours to get to the reef. We chose to go back to Baite Reef (where we have been before) instead of going on to Hardy Reef which would have taken another hour or two. We used the vacant private mooring since a kind crew member of Anaconda III told us that the owner has left the area.

Having had a bit more experience we recognised that the best time to dive is just after low tide when the reef becomes stable and clear.  So we started with the PowerDive air supply and had a look at the Pinnacles which are  a series of tall coral growths that stand up vertically 10 to 15 meters from the ocean floor. But we were a bit early for the best viewing so the film footage is not so great.

Later we tried snorkelling on the south side of the reef and found that it was really excellent. Very clear, lots of colourful coral and so many fish!

The tidal current in the area is very strong and since we don’t have a boat boy I tied a tow rope on the tender around my waist and dragged it around behind me. As a result I sometimes got tangled up in the rope.

Snapshot_0 Snapshot_1 Snapshot_2 Snapshot_3 Snapshot_4 Snapshot_6 Snapshot_7 Snapshot_8 Snapshot_9 Snapshot_10 Snapshot_11 Snapshot_12 Snapshot_13 Snapshot_14 Snapshot_16 Fish Snapshot_5 Snapshot_15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having worn our selves out we left Baite Reef about 3:30 pm and stopped on a mooring at Stonehaven Anchorage.  We found this a bit rolly in the conditions and will think twice about using it again.

Butterfly Bay Again

Day 65,  SATURDAY 1st November 2014

Travelling well on the way to Butterfly Bay, passing Stonehaven Anchorage.

Travelling well on the way to Butterfly Bay, passing Stonehaven Anchorage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We took up a mooring at Butterfly Bay today so that we could make a trip to the Great Barrier Reef tomorrow.

It is a lovely sunny day, about 30 degrees with clear skies.

We did have a swim and snorkel and even went round to Maureen’s Cove. The coral both here and there is very ordinary and visibility was not great either.

Anyway, we are looking forward to a comfortable night and a good sleep in anticipation of our reef dive.

 

Waite Bay Revisited

Day 64,  FRIDAY 31st October 2014

Arrived at Waite Bay at 10:30am and immediately went for a snorkel in our new 1mm wet suits (our 3mm ones were too hot to use at this time of year). This was the perfect time just as the tide was rising. We saw amazing coral and lots of tropical fish.

Unfortunately the video was not worthy of publishing and we could not find the old GoPro. I am sure we will get some good footage at our next dive location, Hardy Reef, where we will head on Saturday or Sunday.

 

Gulnare Inlet Again

Day 63,  THURSDAY 30th October 2014

We left Abel Point Marina at 2:50pm after putting another 700 litres of fuel in to the boat. This may sound a lot but compared to many boats around we do not use a huge amount of fuel. In fact most of the boats surrounding our berth would probably use 400 litres per hour!

Being quite late in the day we stopped at Gulnare Inlet for the night on our way back to Waite Bay for another dive and a search for the lost GoPro.

 

 

Abel Point Marina 2

Day 62,  WEDNESDAY 29th October 2014

Since we had a car we decided to have a look at the places of interest surrounding Airlie Beach.

There was not much to see in Proserpine but we did find the Whitsunday Gold Coffee plantation where we stopped for iced coffee and homemade cakes.

Indulging at Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation

Indulging at Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation

Me and The Boss at Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation

Me and The Boss at Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation

 

Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation
Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the return journey we stopped at Cedar Creek Falls where we met Annina and her partner travelling from Germany. See video of their jump.

 

 

Cedar Creek

Cedar Creek

Climbing Cedar Creek Falls

Climbing Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls

Annina and partner

Annina and partner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our visit to Airlie Beach would not be complete without a trip to Shute Harbour. There are some very nice houses on the hills behind Shute Harbour and a really nice block of land for our new holiday home (not)!

 

Land sale Shute Harbour

Michael at Shute Harbour

Michael at Shute Harbour

Lyn at Shute Harbour

Lyn at Shute Harbour

 

 

 

Abel Point Marina

Day 61,  TUESDAY 28th October 2014

We returned to Abel Point Marina at Airlie Beach this morning to fill up with water and complete repairs to the water make, ice maker and drinks fridge.

We hired a car and went shopping for provisions and a new GoPro then had a very nice dinner at a restaurant in the marina, Sorrento.

 

 

 

Waite Bay 2

Day 60,  MONDAY 27th October 2014

We left Thomas Island very early in order to arrive just as the tide was flooding (which we are told is the best time).

Low tide at Waite Bay

Low tide at Waite Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The coral is really excellent here and teeming with many species of tropical fish. We used our PowerDive air supply which enhanced the experienced. I was able to capture some excellent footage on my GoPro until  lost it!  The head strap was not tight after being in the water. Next time we are in port I will have to buy another one and secure it with a tether. We will return and try again.

 

Thomas Island, Turtles Mating

Day 59,  SUNDAY 26th October 2014

Today we revisited one of now favourite locations, Thomas Island.

On the way we were privileged to witness turtles mating. From a distance it looked like a rock but upon closer inspection this I what we saw:

Turtles Mating 9

Turtles Mating 9

Turtles-Mating-2

Turtles Mating 3

Turtles Mating 3

Turtles Mating 4

Turtles Mating 4

Turtles Mating 3

Turtles Mating 3

Turtles Mating 3

Turtles Mating 3

Turtles Mating 7

Turtles Mating 7

Turtles Mating 8

Turtles Mating 8

Turtles Mating 10

Turtles Mating 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turtles Mating 11

Turtles Mating 11

Turtles Mating 1

Turtles Mating 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyn ashore at Thomas Island

Lyn ashore at Thomas Island

Lyn driving the tender at Thomas Island - we have come a long way

Lyn driving the tender at Thomas Island – we have come a long way

Rocks at Thomas Island

Rocks at Thomas Island

Michael ashore at Thomas Island

Michael ashore at Thomas Island

 

 

 

 

Neck Bay

Day 58,  SATURDAY 25th October 2014

Having left Gulnare Inlet early to catch the tide we arrived at Neck Bay on the east side of Shaw Island at 07:45.

Using the guidelines described in the 100 Magic Miles book (don’t know how we would manage without it!) we anchored outside the recommended landmarks. Just as well becase at low tide the bottom of the bay was almost fully exposed.

Sunset at Neck Bay

Sunset at Neck Bay

Tongue Bay and Hill Inlet

Day 57,  FRIDAY 24th October 2014

We left Nara Inlet at 10:30 for the short trip to Tongue Bay which is north of Whitehaven Beach. There were a few ex-racing yachts there including the great Condor.

Condor at Tongue Bay

Condor at Tongue Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Found a rolly anchorage near the beach but decided to go by tender round Tongue Point to Hill Inlet. It was quite rough for the little boat with waves breaking over the bow and getting us quite wet.

The smile belies the not so happy and wet Lyn.

Lyn - Wet  but happy x

Lyn – Wet but happy x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hill Inlet is very shallow with shifting sand on the bottom. It was quite difficult to navigate. But what a surprise when we saw a large boat anchored a long way in to the inlet. We found it hard in the tender. How did they get there?

Hill Inlet - very shallow How did that boat get there?

Hill Inlet – very shallow How did that boat get there?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyn at Hill Inlet - Is she a model

Lyn at Hill Inlet – Is she a model?

Hill Inlet

Hill Inlet

Hill Inlet Lookout

Hill Inlet Lookout accessed from Hill Inlet beach or Tongue Bay beach

Hill Inlet - we made it to the beach

Hill Inlet – we made it to the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tongue Bay was not suitable for an overnight stay so we returned to Gulnare Inlet for the night where I trapped what I think is a shrimp in the crab pot. Can anyone enlighten me? It was about 30cm long.

Is this a shrimp

Is this a shrimp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hayman Island

Day 56, THURSDAY 23rd October 2014

Early morning walk before departure for Hayman Island.

 

Hamilton Island Marina entrance looking to the Yacht Club
Hamilton Island Marina entrance looking to the Yacht Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After visiting Bob’s Bakery (sadly and probably for the last time) for some rolls and individual apple crumbles and some other food shopping we left Hamilton Island at 11:00 with the tide and wind for a comfortable journey to Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island (the Today show crew from Channel 9 were there earlier this morning).

On the way we saw this rather large passenger ship:

Cruise ship visiting  Hamilton Island

Cruise ship visiting Hamilton Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We found a mooring close to the beach and went for a snorkel. Lots of fish and nice coral.

Blue Pearl Bay Hayman Island
Blue Pearl Bay Hayman Island

 

Blue Pearl Bay Hayman Island 2

Blue Pearl Bay Hayman Island 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big fish next to our moored boat at Hayman Island - unknown species
Big fish next to our moored boat at Hayman Island – unknown species

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The location was not suitable for an overnight stay so we relocated to Refuge Bay in Nara Inlet where we knew it was going to be comfortable with reasonable internet connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 54, TUESDAY 21st October 2014

Up early this morning to make sure we could buy some famous egg and bacon pies from the Bob’s Bakery (together with some more of their awesome cream and jam dough nuts).

The weather today is warm but cloudy with rainy periods. So we took the opportunity to stay on board, do the washing, clean the boat , tidy  and catch up on updating this web site and a quiet evening watching TV.

Day 55, WEDNESDAY 22nd October 2014

Today we took on another hiking challenge and trekked up to Passage Peak which is the highest point on Hamilton Island. It was much easier than Whitsunday Peak but still took some effort especially when looking up at the daunting sets of steps at various places.

Hard slog to Passage Peak

Hard slog to Passage Peak

Rest stop o the way to Passage Peak

Rest stop on the way to Passage Peak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitsunday Island from near Passage Peak

Whitsunday Island from near Passage Peak

Hamilton Island Resort on the way to Passage Peak

Hamilton Island Resort on the way to Passage Peak

Passage Peak towards Whitsunday Island

Passage Peak towards Whitsunday Island

Lyn and Pentecost Island from Passage Peak

Lyn and Pentecost Island from Passage Peak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the top we met two of the passengers on Komokwa the 122 foot ship we saw a couple of days ago in Nara Inlet). Turns out the boat sailed across the Pacific from Canada!

Komokwa

Komokwa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We came down from the Peak via Catseye Beach, which is near the Reef Hotel, and went for a muscle relieving  swim. Followed by another Pina Colada at the resort pool (sorry, no pics).

Afternoon nap and then dinner with Jack Overeem from Debutante.

Romano's with Jack Overeem

Romano’s with Jack Overeem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a big day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 53, MONDAY 20th October 2014

We walked over to the resort hotel, drank a couple of cocktails, went for a swim in the resort pool and read the Sunday paper.

At about 5.30 pm we went to the Marina Tavern where we had a very nice inexpensive dinner with our Chevron Island neighbour Kerry Davis with ice cream and stories on his boat on the way home.