Up early again yesterday Wednesday
to leave about an hour before high tide, to give us plenty of water under the keel and also so the currents could flush us out when we reached the mouth of the river into The Sandy Straight again.
I had talked to Brett previously at the marina about the markers not matching the chart and he said quite a few had been washed away with the flood in January and probably wouldn't trust them as he wasn't sure if they had been put back in the right places yet. Fortunately I remembered that the chart plotter leaves a track of where the boat has been so we were able to follow this, from our trip up the river, with confidence.
Bit of grey day with scattered showers but the plan went well, and once safely out of the river we put the front sail up. There was really only just enough wind to hold the sail up but with the current we were still managing about 4 knots.
By mid-morning we were anchored next to Kingfisher Resort on Fraser Island. A couple of yachts were already there and later another 3 joined
us. Found once we were anchored we seemed to be right on the edge of shallow water which was making me a little nervous as we head toward low tide and it seemed to creep closer. Fortunately Alex dropped one of his shoes in the water, so we had to quickly drop the dingy for Naomi to chase after it, and while there she checked the depth in the suspect area behind us and it turned out to be fairly deep after-all.... appearances can be deceptive.
In the afternoon we dingy'd over to the beach next to the resort, checked the showers in the Sand Bar and onto the resort proper and its swimming pool. It was too cold to swim but the hot tub was lovely. Alex loved the bubbles and spent ages jumping into the water for us to catch him.
Today was a bit sunnier and Naomi was keen to rest after the 2 "early" starts, so we stayed at Kingfisher. Unfortunately Alex had other ideas and we were up early anyway. Around 11 we took the dingy to the beach and followed it around to a creek and came across a sign
pointing up the hill for a lookout. Climbed the hill through the bush with Alex huffing and puffing up the occasional sets of steps... will try to put video of this in later. Pretty good views though much obscured by trees.
Headed back down with Alex now needing to be carried much of the way. Back along the beach to the "Sand Bar" where we treated ourselves to lunch. Then back to the pool, or more importantly the hot tub again. Popped to the shop for some milk, then back to the Sand Bar to use the showers.
Got back to find the tide has risen quickly and the dingy was floating!.... luckily Naomi had put down the anchor. Trod carefully -well shuffled - through the shallow water as I had spotted a stingray at the water's edge. Naomi got a shock as another splashed away from her half way to the dingy.
Put Alex to bed early as he was getting cranky after his full day and we have an early start tomorrow with the plan to get to Bunderberg.
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