Cruising – Fraser Island to Island Head Creek
We left Mooloolaba early and had a horrible rolly sail to Wide Bay Bar. It was a disgusting sail, Thorfinn was being tossed from side to side as the three metre swell hit us broadside. However, we had no problems crossing the bar and were soon sailing in the flat protected waters of Fraser Island, aahh bliss. After stopping the first night at an anchorage called Garry’s we went on to Kingfisher Bay. We took the dinghy ashore and went for a walk. After having a good look around we found ourselves back at the jetty just in time to see a couple of humpback whales put on a show for the arriving on the barge.
We then went to the resort for a spa, swim and a couple of drinks.
From there we went to Bundaberg Marina where we topped up our fuel and water. Met a guy called John who is a boat watcher and takes photos of the boats coming in to, or passing, Bundy and uploads the photos to Vessel Finder. He came down to see us while we were refuelling and up loaded the photos he took onto our computer. John then dropped us to the IGA to grab some fresh supplies. There are some very nice people still around in this world, ready to lend a hand to complete strangers. It’s a refreshing change from all the nastiness you see on the news!
Our next stop was Pancake Creek. It is a very popular anchorage and there must have been 20 plus boats anchor in the area. The first day we were there Dwayne took us searching for oysters. This exploring took us through the mangrove where we were mauled by biting midges. The one thing that made the midge-infested walk worth it for me was a close up look at the rainbow bee-eaters.
The next day we walked to Bustard Head Lighthouse were I got to take more photos of the bee-eaters.
We visited the lighthouse graveyard and then on our walk back we stopped at aircraft beach for a swim. This beach has a managed camp ground and the people camping on this beach arrive via plane. The plane is constantly coming and going, bringing people and taking people out again.
We had dinner with Trevor and Joyce aboard Gondwana (a yummy roast chicken) and the next day Dwayne and I went to a quiet bay where we had an explore, Dwayne devoured more oysters and cooked dinner on a fire. It was a nice end to our time in Pancake Creek.
From Pancake we had a fast downwind sail to Great Keppel Island. Unfortunately on during this trip the webbing on the top of our headsail came away. We anchored in two different bay at Keppel for the two nights we stayed, then we moved on because the anchorages were too rolly. We had a long walk along the beach while at one anchorage and at the other we went to the bar for a drink.
We left GKI and sailed to Island Head Creek minus the headsail so we put up the staysail. What started as a nice downwind sail turn into a battering. The seas were huge and the wind 25 knots. We got knocked around a bit with anything not tied down being flung around the boat! We were glad to arrive at Island Head Creek and get out of the worst of the wind.
The next day we explored the area. Dwayne spied some super large oysters and collected some for lunch. I made Beer Battered Marlin Fingers and Oysters.
After dropping the oysters back to the boat we went further afield where we had noticed a yacht on the beach. It was a sad sight to see and also a reminder of how easy it is to lose a boat.
The following day we set sail again heading north, next stop Hunter Island.
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