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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Keppel Island January 21st 2014

Well as the title suggests things did not go according to plan. About an hour after the last blog entry, which by the way I have added some pics to now, Naomi noticed the exhaust was sounding different and then the temperature was rising rapidly. I switched the engine off immediately just as the temperature was hitting 100 C and found that the pulley wheel for the raw water pump had come loose. Any repair would require leaning against the very hot engine so we got the sails up, let Naomi's parents know and slowly sailed toward Hummocky Island which luckily was only a mile away and had a sheltered anchorage. In light winds we were only travelling 1-2 knots. They were waiting for us and anchored nearby once we dropped our anchor which we did ... read more
Writing the blog at Hummocky island

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Keppel Island January 19th 2014

On Thursday 16th we left Keppel Bay Marina for a short cruise of a couple of weeks to the Keppel Islands and onto our first visit of Yellow Patch. It was a bit of a blustery ride close hauled into almost 20 knots. Naomi's parents on their motorboat Neesea left a short time after us and overtook us about half way across to the islands. We came around the top of Great Keppel Island, turned to motorsailing and then straight motoring to get us more quickly into the shelter of land. Anchored behind Neesea at Svendsen's Beach, pleased that there was only a slight roll. We spent three nights here in mostly pleasant weather. Occasional rain allowed us to top up our solar shower bags so Naomi was allowed to wash her hair. Did the usual ... read more
Alex's new favourite chair
Neesea heading around to Monkey Bay
Room for two in the cockpit locker

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Keppel Island July 16th 2013

Well we are still here at Considine Bay! Yesterday we took the circular walking track around the island. First through the woods with spider webs to avoid - they always seems to be at face level!- and up to the lookout where we stopped for lunch. This overlooks the south of the island and Great Keppel. Further climbing with Alex needing further carrying we came around to the northeast of the Island to overlook the ocean and watch the showering clouds passing by in the fresh breeze. But it stayed sunny for us and eventually we came out into deep grass land. Alex was getting cranky now and not tolerating being up on my shoulders. It became obvious why as he soon fell asleep as I held him against my shoulder. Stopped near the cliffs on ... read more
getting to the open grassland
family photo at Mazie Bay
back on Considine beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Keppel Island June 13th 2013

After our uncomfortable night near 1770 I had to wrap up the last blog quickly as Naomi got desperate to get off the boat. Climbed into the dingy with difficulty as it rose and dropped with the swell and headed to the sand banks to look for a way through to the sheltered channel next to 1770. As we got closer it occurred to us that there may be no way through as the swell seemed to be breaking right across our way. Headed toward the beach as I thought I saw a gap. As small steep waves were mounting behind, Naomi suggested it might not be safe to go further but a few moments later it became clear we had come through he breakers already.... phew ! Motored over to a beach and just as ... read more
Passing Middle Rocks and Bustard Head and lighthouse
Bustard Head Lighthouse
Entering the tropics !

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Keppel Island June 30th 2012

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Keppel Island May 15th 2010

Five days after leaving Moreton Bay, we have arrived at Gt Keppel Island where we're anchored off a sheltered bay. On arriving at lunchtime we rowed ashore and collected shells and made the acquaintance of the local sandflies. I'd been warned that after such an encounter the body is covered with red blotches but so far, no sign. I think the hasty retreat we beat back to Marnie blew them off. We've seen plenty of dolphins and some have played in the bow wake, which is always great fun. We've had some good sailing, such as this morning, but also hours of motorsailing in light winds. Spent the night at Tangalooma, Mooloolaba, Lady Musgrave and Cape Capricorn - a coastal headland named by Captain Cook when he passed on 25 May 1770, since he found it ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Keppel Island April 21st 2010

Like no other country I've been in, Australia has a backpacker circuit that seems to draw backpackers inexorably along from one hostel to the next, and from one activity to the next. My next few days highlighted this more than any so far, and it started when I arrived at Agnes Water, a kind of twin settlement with the neighbouring Town of 1770 (which is not as grand or historic as the name suggests... it's just where Captain Cook stopped for a picnic). There's one thing to do here, and that's the Scooteroo, where backpackers pay to don leathers and tour the town on choppers. It looks pretty cool, and it's sold on the premise that everyone does it. I didn't, so I spent a happy day and a bit at a relaxed hostel making new ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Keppel Island September 4th 2009

After a lovely but windy day at Kemp beach we made our way back to our much coveted corner plot (!) and within ten minutes of our chairs being out our new neighbours (on both sides) were round for chat! We were staying in between two sisters and their husbands ; Graham and Val and Bob and Bev. Not only were they hilarious they were so kind to us lending us kettles, putting up a tarpaulin on the fence to stop us being blown over by the wind, lending us DVD’s and giving us lifts to the harbour, it was like having grandparents again, it was really sweet! We found out there was a tea tree plantation about 50 km away so we booked ourselves on a tour early one morning. Unfortunately we had our one ... read more
Very pretty setting
The horse and cart !?1
The very rare Byfield Fern

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Keppel Island July 26th 2007

Departed Rosslyn Bay as soon as the winds subsided and went to Great Keppel Island, only a couple of hours away, I really wanted to see this property as I have send so many of my customers and I haven’t seen it. Great beach front and very large resort, lots of sports facilities and a great number of wild life specially the Rosella’s, as you can see by the photos they are not scared of people, all the contrary they know that you have food and they attack anything in site. Its wonderful to see so many of them. We spend the night on the north side of the island and left the next morning north to Port Clinton. It took us about 5 hours, without sailing again as the wind were not going the right ... read more
Leave me some !!!!
Is this a Tuna or what.....
How many fishes you said you wanted ???

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Keppel Island February 10th 2007

After the Fraser Island trip I caught the bus to Rockhampton (locally known as Rocky, in keeping with the shortening of just about every word by the Australians: eg bottle-o = bottleshop) which is the beef capital of Australia. So mission number 1 was to get a decent steak. I stayed at the Ascot Hotel which has a backpackers above the pub and is known as having the best steak in Rocky. They bring the steak out of the kitchen sizzling on a very hot slab of rock, you then cook it to your liking. It was absolutely deliceous and I was particularly impressed that the provenance of each steak is listed in the menu. The following day I caught the coach and then the boat over to Great Keppel Island. It is like a paradise ... read more
Great Keppel Sunset
Great Keppel Island
Me on beach




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