At about 6pm on Thursday 2 August we arrived at Port Bundaberg with a golden/pink full moon rising after a perfect blue sky day of light W wind and calm sea. The next day we motored lazily up The Burnett River to the city of Bundaberg and anchored in very good holding mud amongst a couple of other boats. This morning I discovered the windlass deck switch refused to work so this was added to the list of jobs to be done. The remainder of the day was spent doing a lap of Bundy taking in the ambience along with a good coffee and a little grocery shopping.
|Very healthy large pink viney plant in Bundaberg|
|Beautiful old buildings in Bundaberg|
Saturday 4 August arrived with a heavy dew, blue sky and warm sun. After brekky I got to and fixed the windlass switch which just required a good clean where the contacts had some corrosion all good! We then motored back downstream, with the tide, to Port Bundaberg and anchored near the marina where we reunited with our friends Jim and Rejane who arrived on their yacht from New Caledonia the night before. Their blog www.yachtdingo.blogspot.com is a great tale of their journey.
Sunday 5 was spent stitching up the UV strip on the genoa as well as a pleasant 10km walk to Burnett Heads and finishing up with afternoon tea with Jim and Rejane and Miff's freshly baked fruit cake.
|Meeting Jim and Rejane on their arrival from the Pacific was perfect timing in Bundaberg|
|The Young Endeavour sitting outside the town of 1770|
|Close encounters-whales spyhopping to check us out|
|Bustard Head Lighthouse|
|Bustard Head Lighthouse|
|An impressive entrance- manufactured in 1866|
|The Qld archives bear witness to a litany of tragedies that occurred in the area and as hinted at in this graveyard at Bustard Head.|
|Jenny Lind Creek looking south|
The following day we had a delightful 22nm sail to Middle Island next to Great Keppel.
|Sorcerer enjoying the breeze on the way to The Keppels from Hummocky Island (photo Linda 3rd Wish)|
|Leekes Beach-Great Keppel Island|
|An interesting and sobering information plaque|
|Welcome to Great Keppel!|
|A curlew-we think he probably had an injured wing.|
|Off Svendsens Beach-Great Keppel|
|desert tracks ? Curlew|
|Jill Knights boat 'Cooee' Great Keppel|
|Jill and Miff having sundowners on Svendsens Beach Great Keppel|
|Beautiful handpainted signs on the walk around Great Keppel|
|Delightful bush on the Cooee Track|
|A eucalypt with long arms Great Keppel|
|This sign shows the way to the tree sit|
|John beat me to it. A great spot to relax|
|Not just signs but random words of wisdom scattered along the tracks|
|Not far to go|
|Halfway and Humpy Islands viewed from Great Keppel|
|walking the track to Bald Rock Point Light|
|view north to Wreck Bay|
|Bald Rock Point helipad and light|
|whale skeleton Wreck Bay|
|Svendsens Beach Christmas tree|
|John keeping up the journal entries|
|The Ancient Quinine Tree|
Rosslyn Bay, about 8nm from Great Keppel, is the harbour serving Yeppoon. On Wednesday afternoon we arrived in the well appointed and friendly surrounds of the marina for a couple of days of restocking and the usual washing jobs.
|Rosslyn Bay marina entrance|
|The view northward over the marina from the top of the hill|