|Rainy, windy, overcast, and 20 foot swells greeted us|
as we rounded the north end of Frasier Island to make
a U-Turn into the ocean towards the south end of this
very large "100%" sand island.
November 1st, 2018
Well, we departed Bundaberg fairly early, heading northeast out of Hervey Bay, and had a crappy overnight trip to the bar at the south end of Frasier Island, but we made it to Tin Can Bay Marina, arriving the afternoon of November 2nd.
We had arrived at the entrance right at slack tide, intending to ride the flood in. Everything was great, the weather had cleared, and we "wooshed" over the bar and through to the channel towards the marina. Of course, nothing goes perfect, and we can attest to that once again, because we missed seeing a green marker (which was lost in the background of harbor buildings, fishing fleet, and sun) and soon found ourselves just about grounding. Luckily, the reverse thrust from the engine had enough power to back us up against the wind and tide, and we managed to get back into the channel and head down a very narrow passage to the second-to-last end tie from the end of the passage. But wait! There's more!
Two gals were at the dock to receive our dock lines. By now, the wind and the current had increased from behind. The bow line got tangled as it was tossed to waiting hands.
Although the dock crew finally got it, it was too late to throw the aft line as Shakedown's back end had already begun to swing out into the channel. The bow line was released and pulled in, we were very close to the houseboat on the last dock, and we did not have local knowledge of what lay beyond that houseboat (especially at high tide now).
The girls on the dock started screaming and waiving hands furiously, which was interpreted that we should NOT be heading in this particular direction. Once again, the reverse throttle was encouraged to not only stop us, but to bring us back towards our assigned dock. It did, and we slid professionally alongside our reserved spot, calmly dropped bow and stern lines, tied up and shut down the engine. (later, at low tide, we found out why the girls were screaming....we were about 5 feet, or so, from crashing into a submerged, at high tide, wall.)
|The houseboat we almost clobbered (on calmer day)|
|At our new "home".You can't see it, but about a boat-width|
outboard of us is the other side of the channel....
|Seems like something breaks every time we venture|
out into the ocean. This is the second time this has
happened to the starboard stay sail track.
|We managed to buy a used car (RAV 4) after about a |
month of walking everywhere we needed to go (like
grocery store, etc.) Yes, steering wheel on the "wrong" side
|The streets in Tin Can Bay are immaculate. As you|
can probably tell, not a whole lot of traffic either.
|This is the main street through town. Nice sidewalks.|
|Another view of the main street|
|With a car and two water taxis ready to go, we felt a true|
sense of freedom to come and go as we please.
|Our favorite fuel stop (and cheapest) about halfway |
between Tin Can Bay and the town of Gympie. This
cactus is is supposedly one of the largest, if not THE
largest in Queensland
|Yes, we had a small pizza right here in Gympie.|
We've made a trip or two to the city of Brisbane. And yes, this is a BIG city, with skyscrapers and everything. We visited Adrian and Christine at their new digs in Coomera (on the Gold Coast) and did some touristy stuff in Brisbane while Adrian was finishing up a job there. A bit of shopping and walking around with Christine as our guide was great.
|Christine and Nancy posing on the walking bridge from|
multi-story parking lot to shopping area
|Looking down and across the street from the walking|
bridge was a re-purposed church, a golf-themed eatery.
|After the South Pacific Islands, it was sort of shocking to|
see so much stuff in one place
|Many of the buildings were pretty impressive|
|Some were fairly modern (space-age?) There was an|
indoor waterfall in the large center hoop
|A store window...E.T. Elvis?|
|An Oriental-themed plaza with lots of restaurants|
|We lunched at a Japanese place. Very elegant shashimi.|
|The size of this Ramen soup bowl was|
pretty impressive as well
|The great debate on where to go next|
|Another outdoor mall area just around the corner|
We then headed over to a city called Surfers Paradise (I kid you not) and had an evening meal overlooking the Pacific Ocean. After all these years of looking west to see this body of water, we're now looking east, at the same body of water. This is a very busy, touristy area. A lot of hotels and marinas.
|Driving out of Surfer's Paradise after our meal|
The next morning found us departing Rainbow's Shadow, where we had over-nighted at their berth and heading back to Tin Can Bay. Had lots of fun hanging out with Adrian and Christine.
We also got to take a trip north to Uranga (Hervey Bay) to get some paperwork done with the Marine Safety Queensland office to apply for a permanent mooring. We just left the application at the office, as there wasn't anyone who could do anything with it immediately. So we put on our tourist hats and stumbled through the town of Uranga....starting with the Marina here....
|Pretty well spells out what's expected from|
the public around here
|This guy appears to be looking for his next dinner, but|
we were pleased to find out he's not a live one
|Now THIS is what I call "fishing". A harpoon gun (museum|
|Whales seem to be a popular theme in these parts|
|A view out into Hervey Bay looking towards Bundaberg|
|This Ibis acts just like Pigeons back in the States|
|Australia is famous for miles of unblemished beaches.|
Here's a nice example at south end of Hervey Bay
|A nice fishing dock|
|We crossed the main street at this delightful cross-walk|
and entered this hotel for a bite to eat
|Pizza for lunch did the trick|
|Heading out of Uranga, this round-about displays|
another whale statuette
|You can see the 'busy" highway we enjoy driving back to|
Tin Can Bay on....
|The "official" start point every morning. the town of|
Tin Can Bay to the right, and the actual bay to the left
|The Nola bridge keeping our walking shoes dry|
|One of the many signs posted along the route showing|
the varied local bird life for this area.
On one of our infrequent shopping trips to Gympie, we decided to stop at the town's museum on the way back. We're glad we did. It was small, but impressive nonetheless.
|A soldier's horse|
|An old dental office|
|Some of the old street signs|
|Bus to the railway station|
|The Douglas MacArthur building where the|
Passport application was duly signed
|Yes, another mall in Brisbane|
|Another "modern-ish" facade|
|Bike Rental (didn't see anyone actually riding one)|
|The walk started here, just a few yards from the shop.|
|How's this for service...a DIY wash stand!|
|Just add coins and let 'er rip!|
|The Mary River|
|Flow control upstream on the Mary River|
The car got fixed, joined the local RSL (Returned & Services League), similar to VFW, we were finally approved for a Queensland Government mooring at the Crab Creek mooring area, got the boat registered in Queensland through the Department of Motor Transportation, bought and had installed the equipment (concrete blocks, chain, rope, marker float, installation) at the approved location and moved the boat from Tin Can Bay Marina to Crab Creek (about 2 miles away) on April 2nd, 2019. This is where we will call "home" for quite a while, we hope. The rent is right (Instead of $900/mo. at the dock, we now pay $85/year).
|The Crab Creek mooring area (about 25 boats total)|
|A happy Skipper out on the new|
|The sun sets on Shakedown as she swings on the|
And why are we going to be gone so long? In Fiji, we bought this.....it's in Michigan and needs some work....
Until October....Shakedown signing off...