The Beautiful Whitsundays

After arriving back at Airlie Beach we spent a few days socializing and reprovisioning before Hamish’s arrival. Then we set off for Hook Island and Macona Inlet where Tim scrubbed the bottom of the boat to remove the build-up of crut. This took three 30 minute dives in gorgeous clear warm water. On our final morning there we saw a little shark swimming past us so we are now a little edgy about getting into deep water especially after this week’s shark attack which was just around the corner. It is breeding season for turtles so we were seeing plenty of them and some came pretty close to the boat. We snuck into the beach near the airport to collect Hamish from Hamilton Island. We got caught and spoken to fairly sternly! As Hamilton Island is privately owned you are supposed to arrange to go in at a cost so we spent a night in the marina there the might before Hamish’s departure. We showed Hamish the Whitsundays Freya style, we think he enjoyed it! Walks, climbs, snorkels, swims, spotting turtles and feeding Batfish. We had lots of laughs, drinks and good food.
We were sad to see him go but it was time to move on. We left Hamilton Island and did a 33 hour run down to Great Keppel Island. We stayed 4 nights but didn’t go ashore as it was pretty windy and rolly. We left GKI and headed for Gladstone via the narrows. The narrows are a stretch of water between Curtis Island and the mainland which is all mangrove trees and it dries out completely at low tide. They have a cattle crossing where they herd the cows to and fro when the tide is out. We were a teensy bit early with the incoming tide so we had a surprise stop to take photos!We managed to get through the rest and had a lovely still night at Targinie Creek before heading into the Gladstone marina. We have friends here who have been showing us around and they have lent us a little Dhiatsu Feroza to get about in. That’s part of the beauty of this lifestyle, the people you meet along the way.Last night we welcomed more friends into the marina and went for an all you can eat Chinese buffet.We are looking at leaving here on Monday to hopefully get another few days at Lady Musgrave Island. Turtle nesting season, very excited.Happy Halloween from Freya

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