Gladstone to Gold Coast

Last time we spoke we were in Gladstone. We had a look at the nearby dam and the botanic gardens. There were literally thousands of tiny cane toads at the botanic gardens which were about 1 centimeter in size. It was really hard not to tread on any! The marina was really pretty at night with the port behind it. The port in Gladstone is one of Australia’s largest also catering to the odd cruise ship.

We left Gladstone just over a week after arriving to head down the coast to Pancake Creek which is at Bustard Head just north of Seventeen Seventy which is where Captain Cook first landed on Queensland soil. Unfortunately the algal bloom was really bad in this area. Once it washes up onto the beach it smells like old prawn leavings. PONG. Tim walked up to the nearby lighthouse at Bustard Head to check out the views.

We stayed 3 nights and then headed to Port Bundaberg for fuel and one night anchored in the Burnett River. The Northerlies have really kicked in so we meandered our way down the inside of Fraser Island to River Heads just south of Hervey Bay for two nights.

We were watching the weather and tides to get a good crossing for the Wide Bay Bar. We stayed at Inskip Point for the night and left at 6am for the bar crossing along with a dozen other boats.

We had a great sail down to Mooloolaba where we anchored at Kawana Waters for two nights. We put the dinghy in the water for the first time since the Whitsundays and Liz went shopping!

We moved into the Mooloolaba Marina close to some friends that we hadn’t seen since early June. We hired a car and drove up to check out Noosa.

We did a drive around the area starting at Nambour. The visibility was terrible because of the smoke haze but we managed to get a few geocaches, visit the cheese farm and the Big Pineapple.

More friends arrived at the marina so we went out for dinner and sampled some gin from Four Pillars in the Yarra Valley. Mrs Stray Cats (Deb) took Liz to the Eumundi Markets which are great, a bit like Salamanca Markets.

There were a few big storms starting to roll through so we hightailed it to Brisbane for a few days with my sister (Karen) and her family. The East Coast Marina at Manly where we stayed was huge. It took us 6.48 minutes to walk from Freya to the marina gate.

We left yesterday and came down through the Broadwater from Moreton Bay to Paradise Point on the Gold Coast. Yet more friends were awaiting us here so a few quick sundowners were had. We’re off to dinner at the local Chinese tonight and are looking at crossing the Seaway Bar tomorrow afternoon for the 18hr run down to Yamba.

Tim is happy in his new sunsafe shirt doing what he loves best, sailing!

Freya is wishing you all are safe heading into the silly season xo

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