Day 9, SATURDAY 6th September 2014 We spent yesterday in Bundaberg doing sightseeing and shopping. At 06:15 we left Bundaberg for the trip to Pancake Creek where we had intended to meet up with Mandalay. However, the weather forecast had changed and we would have been stuck in Pancake Creek for 2 or 3 days so we went straight on to Gladstone. It was a beautiful day with following seas and wind making for a very comfortable passage.
Sunrise Bundaberg to Gladstone
We travelled slowly (about 10 knots) most of the way to ensure arrival at Gladstone Harbour for the start of the incoming tide at 12:50. Saw lots of dolphins that seemed to enjoy riding the bow of our boat (see video footage below. Anchored in Graham Creek for the night (very comfortable in spite of the strong running tides) so that we could go ashore at Gladstone for the day.
Day 7, THURSDAY 4th September 2013
We left Urangan at 06:15 for the short trip to Bundaberg. Seas where a little choppy with the wind coming from the south west which made the passage a little joggley but it calmed down as we got closer to our destination. We passed Strom Boy 2 and Mandalay and arrived in Bundaberg about 09:00. Average speed was about 16 knots.
Before tying up at our berth we filled up with diesel (832 litres).
After giving the boat a good wash to get rid of the salt we unloaded our bikes and went for a very long ride along a sealed nature track to Bargara (about 18 kms). It was really excellent to get out and about after a few days with little exercise. Regretfully, I did not set up my GoPro camera but I did take a couple of shots with my phone.
Nature Track at Burnett Heads
Keeping in touch while having a bike break
Nature Track at Mon Repos
Body Corporate Heaven in Bargara
Bargara seems like a really nice place. great foreshore, nice houses, lots of apartments and shops.
- Cormorant Drying
End of the day!
Sunset at Bundaberg Marina
Monument to Fisherman Lost at Sea at entrance to Urangan Boat Harbour
Moored at Urangan
Entrance to Urangan Boat Harbour
Day 6, WEDNESDAY 3rd September 2014
We spent yesterday day at anchor between Fraser Island and Turkey Island due to very windy conditions which prevented us from travelling. So we had a quiet day.
Today we moved to the Great Sandy Straits Marina at Urangan where we were able to fill up with water and take a long walk. It has been a beautiful sunny day without a cloud in the sky.
At the marina we bumped in to Kerry Davis (of Noble & Davis Real state) who live nearby our home Chevron Island. He was travelling on his Princess 61 with his son, Scott, who works for the Clipper dealer on the Gold Coast. They were in company with 18 other boats that were part of the Clipper Rally which is an annual event. Also among the group was Sam who has a big Sunseeker and lives on Cronin Island. The owners of all the boats were very friendly and we enjoyed having a chat and few drinks with them.
Had dinner with Lyn’s cousin, Kay, at the Boat Club.
Day 4, MONDAY 1st September 2014
Got up early (4:15!) to run some engine checks. Added 1 litre of oil. Working in the engine room is not one of Michael’s favourite things to do but these jobs need to be done.
As soon as it was light we left Mooloolaba at 6:15 and headed for the Wide Bay Bar. Once again we were very fortunate to have calm seas and light winds. At the entrance to wide bay we followed the advised way points to avoid the breaking waves and ran the Mad Mile which was quite rocky but not as bad as we expected.
We would have liked to have stayed for a night at Pelican Bay which is a beautiful anchorage but the wind, which had been south easterly and south westerly till now, has swung around to the north making it unsuitable. So we moved on up through the Sandy Straits to a safe anchorage just north of Yankee Jack Creek.
Launched the new stabilisers which took about half an hour (we will get better at it, I am sure) and they work really well at keeping the boat very stable while at anchor.
Jim came over at about 16:00 and tied his boat off
Lyn Navigating the Sandy Straits
Storm Boy 2 at Fraser Island
our stern. We relaxed on the back deck with a few drinks and nibbles. The new clear covers around the back deck are terrific providing us with a large protected area to entertain and relax. Fired up the BBQ around 18:00 – T-Bone steak, chops, rib fillet and salad and washed down with a couple of glasses of Mateus Rose. Life is good!
Sunset Sandy Straits
Day 3, SUNDAY 31st August 2014
Left Manly this morning for Mooloolaba at 8:30 after a terrific day yesterday riding our bikes along the waterfront and exploring the area. Worth the effort of getting them up on the boat. Finished the day off with dinner at our favourite Thai restaurant in Manly.
Once again perfect traveling conditions – sunny, calm waters, light winds. The Skipper’s in good spirits too so all is right with the world.
Arrived at Mooloolaba Marina at 12:15 to find a yacht occupying our reserved berth so had to wait while it was moved.
We rode our bikes into town and bought some provisions. So much easier that on our last trip to Mooloolaba when we had to walk to the shops which took hours.
Had a nice light dinner
Refuelling at Manly
Storm Boy 2 on Moreton Bay
Tied up at Mooloolaba
at the Yacht Club with Jim Stuart and David Beer who are travelling in company with us on their boats Storm Boy 2 and Mandalay.
Our big adventure continues……
Day 2, SATURDAY 30th AUGUST 2014
After a leisurely morning we jumped on our bikes and rode along the waterfront around Manly and Wynnum. Beautiful, sunny day with people out everywhere walking, picnicking or just relaxing.
Lyn at Wynnum Pier
The Journey Begins!
Day 1, FRIDAY 29th AUGUST 2014
Loaded Up Ready To Go
Houses on Russell Island
Dunes at Jumpinipin
After a week of delays due to weather conditions we finally set sail (so to speak) at 1pm. Liz waved us off from the pontoon and with much excitement we headed towards Manly (our first stop). Lovely sunny day but very windy. We passed thru Jumping Pin at 14.10. Russell Island at 14:45. Canaipa Point at 15:00 hrs arriving at Manly at 16:30 hrs. Had a lovely dinner that evening with Jim, Kim, Colin and Tina at Oliver’s Restaurant.