Our new crew of Rob and Ali arrived on Friday Night, Chris and I were a bit excited to have new people to talk to and as a result both just jabbered on and on at poor Rob and Ali for hours. I think they were a bit concerned about what type of nutters they had agreed to go sailing with. We had a few drinks in the Wharf Tavern and then back on the boat for dinner. The local live-aboards were having their Friday Night shindig on the marina, so we had a live band accompaniment!
It was up at 6am the next morning – despite the fuzzy heads- as we had a forecast of no wind and 50 miles to Wide Bay Bar at the bottom of Fraser Island. It’s highly advised to cross the bar in daylight so we needed to press on. We’d no wind for the day but it was sunny and lovely flat seas. As we were motoring, our new crew had no option but to stretch out and sunbathe and enjoy the journey. We crossed Wide Bay Bar in relatively good conditions, and dropped anchor at Tin Can Bay. Again no wind the next day so we had a lovely motor sail up the Great Sandy Straits. We anchored at Kingfisher Bay in the afternoon and went ashore for a look around, Rob decided to swim ashore with the snorkel and have a look at the local sealife, unfortunately for him, it got really shallow about 50 meters away from KAT, so he had to crawl along the bottom to keep his head in the water!
Fraser Island is notorious for dingoes and we were much intrigued by all the signs that had a drawing of a snarling dingo and in bold letters below – “Hold onto children at all times”. Another sign said if attacked by a dingo you should fight back “ferociously”. I wonder has anyone ever beaten a dingo off with the child they are holding? We didn’t see any dingoes (which was a good thing because we couldn’t find any children to hold onto) but we did see millions of tiny bright blue shelled crabs. The tide was going out when we landed on the beach and they were everywhere, Chris demonstrated his David Attenborogh like knowledge of wild life, by showing us how if you run at them they dig in and hide straight away!
After a lovely wander around Kingfisher, we heading back to the dinghy only to find the tide had gone a half mile further out and we had to carry the dinghy down to the water, through oozing black mud. It was hilarious – every now and then one of us would sink up to our knees in the mud, we’d have to drop the dinghy, give the person a few minutes to pull themselves out and continue on. It was a very mucky group that arrived back at KAT!
Rob and Ali had to leave us early the next morning so we motored over to Urangan and anchored off there for the night, and Chris dropped them into Urangan on the dinghy early this morning. We were sad to see them go but we have to press on, there’s no wind today again and we are a bit over motoring so we are going to hang out in Urangan today and head for Bundaberg in the southerly thats coming tomorrow. Then its onto Lady Elliot, Lady Musgrave, both coral cays about 40 miles off the coast. 1770 a town so named because thats the year Captain Cook landed there and loads more……………………