Today we are leaving Bundaberg to begin our trip south and start cruising Australia. We spent the last two days getting ready to depart. We went to town a couple of times and got provisions at a grocery store, bought a cruising guide, filled our port water tank, got more provisions, returned our rental car, etc. Karen also completed another couple of loads of laundry.
Our first stop will be Fraser Island which is a large island just southeast of Bundaberg. It is a World Heritage site famous for its white sand beaches, rain forest growing in sand, ultra-clear fresh water lakes, wild dingos, birds, and more. We will need to negotiate the tricky route through the sandy straights between the mainland and the island as we head south. Here is a map of the area:
I spent some time researching possible stopping points along our way to Sydney. Bert on s/v Boree has cruised this area before, and he came over and gave me his insights on the various anchorages/marinas along the way. Very helpful! We used Google Earth which made it easy for him to more quickly recognize the spots he had visited before and point out the potential navigation hazards.
Last night they had a “Bar Night” at the marina, so we got to meet up with a bunch of cruisers staying here. We didn’t know it, but our friends on s/v Jarana had arrived a day earlier from New Caledonia. So we were glad for the chance to catch up with them, although they are also heading south so we should see them again in the coming weeks. We also met up with several other cruisers and got to say our “au revoirs” to them as we separate for a while.