Batfish crazy!

WHITSUNDAYS: BEST OF THE REST We’ve spent nearly a month in the Whitsundays. After a few days in the less-frequented southern islands, several rain-soaked days in Cid Harbour and a week checking out the jewels of the Whitsundays via the Ngaro Whitsunday sea trail, we spent the last few days covering off on the best of…

Kaytown capers

Here’s a few fun facts about our week-long stay in Mackay: we had to dodge more than thirty GIANT supertankers coming into Mackay Harbour. They are queuing up for coal from nearby Hay Point, and they are BIG! We joined about 5000 people for dawn service on Anzac Day. It was a lovely service, and…

Same same but different…

YEPPOON – PORT CLINTON – PEARL BAY – ISLAND HEAD CREEK Life at anchor usually goes something like this: wake up sometime after day-break … hot brew followed by brekky on the back deck … shore excursion to go bushwalking, beach combing etc … lunch … siesta … another shore excursion … sundowners (ie drinks…

Red sky in the morning…

Bloody weather! It never cooperates. With our new crew on board (my parents Juliene and Allan), our intention was to set sail from Hervey Bay to Lady Musgrave Island to spend a few days anchored in the lagoon. But a low weather system off NSW creating a bit of havoc (and making the weather hard…

Cast off!

4am start. We cast off the lines and motor out of Scarborough in the dark alongside the fishing trawlers. At 5.30am, we are already halfway across Deception Bay, and the sky is once again lit up in pretty shades of orange and pink. It has been a little over a year in the making, but…

Smooth Sailing to Moreton (4 weeks to go)

Sailing, diving, snorkelling, beachcombing, reading, relaxing, swimming, SUPing, bushwalking, checking out stunning views….we spent the Aussie Day long weekend doing exactly what we signed up for.  And we realised something: the dream is real! All went well with the motors as we cruised out of Scarborough Marina. After replacing a heat exchanger, then refurbishing injectors…

Liveaboard life (6 weeks to go)

We have now lived aboard for a month. A whole lunar month – full moon to full moon. A month of all different types of weather, including some decent summer storms and sweltering 38 degree days. A month full of hosting visitors and relaxing on the deck reading books. A month full of boat maintenance…

New (home) port

Our boat has a new home! She is now the proud docker on a private pontoon in the Newport canals on the Redcliffe Peninsula. Much more convenient to get to, and closer to the islands of Moreton Bay. But the trip to move her down from Mooloolaba (via Tangalooma in the original plan) turned into…

The Alpha Odyssey – phase zero

In January, an avid sailor (Andy), sent an avid diver (Amanda) a text message: And just like that the seed of adventure was planted. Since then, it has been a whirlwind of research, weighing up options, working out possible timelines, listening to sailing podcasts and reading sailing forums…and for Amanda, learning to sail! The first…