Australia

Middle Percy: A Cruiser’s Famous Pit Stop

Our next stop after Great Keppel Island was Middle Percy Island (sometimes called Middle Island, in the Percy Island group).  Middle Percy is the largest island around, and only has one small anchorage that serves as protection from the prevailing winds – West Bay. West Bay was empty when we arrived on June _.  It’s…

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Great Keppel Island and Keppel Bay Marina

Departing Fraser Island we had strong southeasterly winds. We left Fraser around 8 am aiming for the Keppels. We played with the sails a little bit throughout the day, but by nighttime, we’d taken down our mainsail and just powered along with our genoa. The winds were that strong! Keppel Bay Marina We made it…

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Crossing Wide Bay Bar and Gunkholing Fraser Island

Wide Bay Bar Crossing WBB has a pretty gnarly reputation.  Australians also call it the Mad Mile.  This bar entrance has a lot of shifting sands and is completely open to the ocean, unlike Mooloolaba which had a headland.  Timing the crossing is challenging.  You need to meet these conditions: Enter in the morning or…

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Sunshine Coast

When we departed Scarborough we had hoped to go back to Tangalooma, but damn that Tangalooma roll sucks. Instead of stopping, we decided to just hightail it out of Moreton Bay and head to our next destination – Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast is the area just north of Brisbane up to…

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Cruising Moreton Bay

Departing the Boat Works was only the second time EVER that one of us moved the boat without the other.  I was still at the WWSA Gathering on the Bay.  David invited our friends Mark and Susan to join him while launching the boat and motoring back to their dock.  We identified a few problems in…

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Cruising the Northern Gold Coast

After our time in Lake Macquarie, David and I looked at the weather.  We needed to be at The Boat Works by Feb 19th for our big boat project, and the winds were blowing the wrong direction – north – for us to get there.  However, coming up we had a window of a few…

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6 Weeks in Australia

I have very bad news for you.  Let me just get this painful part out of the way; I can not narrow down this trip for you.  I can not give you highlights.  Because every single place we went to on our trip for 6 weeks in Australia was AMAZING. Despite ending on a low note…

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Rottnest Island (with Quokkas!)

Public Transport to Rottnest There are several ferry services to get to Rottnest.  We would have liked to book a ferry + bike combo, but they were sold out already.  I bought us ferry-only tickets for the express ferry, leaving Fremantle B Shed at 10:15 am.   We took the Transperth train from our lovely Airbnb…