Great Sandy Straight and Fraser Island
We left Mooloolaba! Anchored for the night in Wide Bay. It wasnít protected and the boat was rolling from side to
side all night so we couldnít get any sleep.
We are making the passage between the coast and western
side of Fraser Island. There are shallow places to avoid so Gonzie is steering
and Iím standing next to him with the chart and guide book, spotting next green
and red markers.
We have been 4WD-ing on Fraser Island in 2003, almost 4
years ago. Eastern side with the beach is very beautiful, but western mangrove
side that we havenít seen before is not that exciting. Cloudy weather doesnít
make it look any prettier. The good thing is the waves are not getting us here
and the water is flat.
Having passed the shallow part we anchored for the night
near Big Woody Island.
Hervey Bay to Bundaberg
Hervey Bay is a unique stop-over on the annual migration of
the Humpback Whales. The warm sheltered waters of Hervey Bay offer a safe haven
to young whales, pregnant females and mother & calf pods before they begin
their long journey to their Antarctic feeding grounds.
Unfortunately we saw no whales. The season is mainly
September and October, but today is only 1st of September Ė probably most of the whales are still on
The wind is SE 10-15 knots and we are sailing downwind.
Stayed the night at Bundaberg marina.
Note: Photos on this page are from our trip to Fraser
Island in Dec 2003 as we actually didnít go to the island this time.