We’ve turned back

After just over a month in Magnetic Island and surrounding islands, we have headed southish.

An 18 hour overnight sail took us from Maggie to Cape Gloucester and the Eco Resort. This is where we were for our Shaggers party so it was nice to go ashore and enjoy it while it was relatively quiet. We were treated to live music and a swim.

After one night we headed off for a quick swim and walk on Grassy Island before seeking shelter at Eastern Double Bay to sit out a SE blow.

This morning Liz got some work to do so we bashed our way into Airlie Beach in search of a decent internet service.

The things you do for $ eh!

Magnetic Island to Hinchinbrook

It’s been a little while since our last post because we have been having heaps of fun!

We spent a couple of weeks exploring the Whitsundays but we didn’t take many photos, we’ll get them on the way back south.

Catherine and David came aboard and we had 5 nights in the Whitsundays before heading to Gloucester Passage for the SICYC Vice Commodores Rendezvous. This is like schoolies for seniors! 4 wonderful days of nonstop partying and dressups of course. This year we raised just over 55k for prostate cancer research.

We headed north to Magnetic Island encountering many whales on thr way. This calf was having breaching lessons from mum.

The evening we arrived at Horseshoe Bay our dinghy either floated away or was stolen. After many kind lends of dinghys and uber dinghy rides we finally received our brand new aluminium bottom SKIP dinghy.

While we were waiting Catherine and David helped us explore Magnetic, Herald and Rattlesnake Islands. It really is beautiful up here. Ali arrived for a 3 week visit so we took her to Fantome, Orpheus and Hitchinbrook Islands. The waterfall at Zoe Bay on Hitchinbrook was gorgeous and swimming in fresh water with trout was amazing.

We are currently at the Breakwater Marina in Townsville doing boat jobs and will head back to Magnetic Island tomorrow for a while before heading south to pick Hamish up at Airlie Beach for a quick dash around the Whitsundays again.

Freya says stay tuned ⛵⚓🏝🍹

Island Hopping to Airlie Beach

The internet and phone service has been pretty poor while we were island hopping into the Whitsundays.The following video is a montage of shots from Great Keppel Island, Middle Percy Island, Curlew, Keswick, Brampton and Thomas Islands.The weather has been fantastic and we have been busy swimming, kayaking, walking and socializing with fellow cruisers.

Middle Percy Island has an aframe yacht club where you can leave your calling card. We had an onshore webber roast with 12 for dinner which was most successful.

There are little biting sandflies up here called midgies. Although they haven’t been biting Liz, Tim is miserably scratching away at all his bites. They are all over his body so he kinda looks like he has the pox!

Today we sailed into Airlie Beach where we will spend a few days doing the Shagger thing before heading out to more islands while we wait for our guests to arrive on the 15th. Freya says ‘party on folks’, until the next post xo

Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island is a coral cay in the Bunker Group at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. The island is in a lagoon on the inside of a 10k long reef.

Turtles nest on the island along with Noobys and Shearwaters. Every second shell is a cowrie so Liz was in heaven!

The coral bombies are really healthy and the fish species are numerous. It is a bit like snorkelling in an aquarium. The water is crystal clear and about 24 degrees celsius.

We have moved on to Great Keppel Island and are hoping to leave for the Percy Group tomorrow. Phone service will be dodgy!

Stay warm, Freya xo

Fraser Island

Wow, what can we say but wow! Fraser Island is absolutely stunning and well worth a visit.

Although we didn’t see any dingoes, we saw quite a bit of the tourist hotspots because we hired a 4WD for a day and explored a bit.

Lake McKenzie is breathtaking and even my photo doesn’t do it justice.

The Kingfisher Bay Resort is yachtie friendly so we ate there, had a hot spa and even better, a hot shower.

We moved up the west side and spent a couple of days just soaking up the scenery.

As we were leaving we saw a shark fin swimming about which I had never seen before so that was a bit exciting!

The weather is awful with strong winds, rain and cold so we are tucked up safely in Port Bundaberg Marina for a week. It’s a chance to service the engine, do laundry, reprovision and rest a bit.

This marina is cruiser friendly too with courtesy buses to Bundaberg daily, markets on Sunday and they have a cruisers lounge where about 40 fellow boaties had a bbq last night with meat supplied by the marina.

The local IGA and the Pub both have courtesy buses and will come and collect you and return you if you have shopping or want to eat out. Plus we get a 10% discount at the marina for being Shaggers! We may stay awhile,

Freya over and out xo

Moreton bay and Wide Bay Bar

We got away from our pontoon in Runaway Bay and spent the weekend in Raby Bay where we caught up with Karen and Guy for the night.

We watched this storm roll through on Sunday afternoon which dumped quite a lot of water on us!

Monday we motored over to Peel Island and went for a walk about and scored a couple of geocaches

Tuesday morning we went to Moreton Island to go snorkelling on the wrecks. It was gorgeous.

We left Tangalooma at 2.30am to sail up to Fraser Island stopping overnight at Rainbow Beach.

This morning we crossed the Wide Bay Bar which is the worst bar in Australia. It was ok, don’t see what all the fuss is about!

We are currently anchored in Garry’s Anchorage and have been ashore for a walk and more geocaches.

It has been a cold rainy day so looking forward to some sun tomorrow.

We’ve got more exploring to do and wine to drink so later followers, Freya xo

Hanging out on a private pontoon

We are currently on a private pontoon that our boom tent maker owns in Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast. The tent is nearly finished, just waiting for the shade skirts to be done.

We’ve been busy doing boat jobs like polishing the stainless steel, changing oil, fitting new gas bottles and installing a bbq.

We’ve caught up with friends, been to the pub for State of Origin, attended a Shaggers drinks night at the Southport Yacht Club and been shopping.

Unfortunately we haven’t had a chance to do much relaxing and touristy stuff. We should hopefully be out of here by mid week and start exploring the Broadwater, Stradbroke Islands and Moreton Bay before going into Manly to stay with my sister Karen.

Thankfully the weather is starting to warm up and we expect a few 25c+ days this week.

Stay warm, love Freya xo