Blogs from Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia, Oceania

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Yeppoon April 28th 2014

Back on Easter Monday my thoughts turned to the resurrection as I am sure it does for all of us on this hallowed day. And so from this, the blog for SV Luna Ray has returned! I considered making an entry to fill in some gaps from when I signed off in January but didn’t get around to it - we had packing and a boat to get ready and the younger Fees (Andrew, Amy, Jordy & Lucia) became our new housemates, making things a little hectic. I thought I would make an entry as soon as our new trip started but I am only making this draft now on our third evening out at Great Keppel Island. Since then I have been on a 6 week trip around the world visiting friends & family, and ... read more
Alex gets tired running in the new outboard
Alex hugs Jordy & Lucia goodbye
Na testing the water maker

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Yeppoon February 1st 2014

I have been a little slack in writing an up to date blog and although I left off with us at Hummocky Island we have been back at Yeppoon marina for the last week. After the last entry, we spent another uneventful night at Hummocky and by early afternoon the next day, as predicted, the wind shifted to the northeast. We lifted anchor and sailed slowly out of the shelter of Hummocky to be met by the 12 knot breeze. This built to the high teens, giving us a great sail back to the Keppel Islands in under 4 hours. We used the engine to drop anchor in Monkey Bay, closely followed by Neesea. We all met on the shore for a swim and stroll. Alex got to try his floaty ring that we had found ... read more
Luna Ray heading back to Yeppoon
Windy weather in Yeppoon
The small beach at Hummocky Island

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Yeppoon January 4th 2014

Well we had only been off the boat for a few days before we were now crewing on another!... delivering Naomi's parents' boat back from Bunderberg to Yeppoon. Delivery sounds a bit business like, it was really a nice cruise along some of the lower Great Barrier Reef islands over a few days. Drove down to Bundy on the Friday and slept on the boat in the marina. Early next morning (21st December) we were joined by another crew member, Wayne, who is Naomi's mum's cousin's husband...if anyone knows what relative that makes him to Naomi please let us know. Cheryl (Naomi's mum) cast us off and headed back to Yeppoon alone in the car, while we headed down the river and out to sea. It was a clear day, with a light easterly breeze and ... read more
Alex takes the helm
Late lunch
Don steers us through the narrow gap in the reef

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Yeppoon December 21st 2013

Mit den Eindrücken von Fraser Island im Gepäck, haben wir uns am 21. Dezember wieder auf grosse Fahrt begeben. Damit die Strecke zu unserem nördlichsten Ziel nicht allzu weit ausfällt, wollten wir in Yeppoon einen Zwischenhalt für eine Nacht einlegen. Unterwegs haben wir dann doch mehr Zeit gebraucht, wie ursprünglich geplant, da wir noch keinen Tauchausflug gebucht haben und nun mit geschätzten 100'000 Touristen um die letzten verfügbaren Plätze kämpfen mussten. Als wir dann kurz vor dem Eindunkeln endlich in Yeppoon angekommen sind, hat es nicht mehr für Fotos oder Sightseeing gereicht. Strecke: Pialba - Yeppoon Gefahrene Kilometer: 435... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Yeppoon December 19th 2013

Well our plan went as expected and we had very pleasant sail downwind across from North Keppel, arriving in Keppel Bay Marina just afternoon. It has taken us exactly 1 month to get here from Lizard Island (took about 4 months to get there!) Naomi's parents were still down in Bunderberg taking care of their boat, so we used the marina courtesy car to collect their car and we have been staying at their place since. Mostly vegetated the first two days, checked on the boat each morning to do some jobs, and enjoyed the luxuries of on land living. Now that I can use a computer I have pulled out some of my favourite pictures from our trip south. It reminded me of a special little stop we made that I had forgotten about and ... read more
Kent Island
Arrived!
View from rocky hill

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Yeppoon October 10th 2013

After moving on for a number of days it was time to take a break and stay somewhere for more than a night. We packed up and moved a whole 32km towards the coast to a lovely seaside area on the Capricorn Coast. It was much cooler here. This is an area of growing coastal development. Small old fashioned shacks are giving way to large mansions taking advantage of the stunning views out to sea. It boasts the largest marina in Queensland. (Keppel Bay Marina) After a seafood lunch at the Waterline we wandered the marina in pursuit of our dream boat. There were plenty from which to choose. Large and ostentatious, modest and functional, sailing, fishing, old or new, they were all there. Unfortunately we did not find the one of our dreams. A stroll ... read more
Keppel Bay Marina – lots of nice boats to choose from
Walking on the beach
A tropical beach with islands – stunning

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Yeppoon July 14th 2013

Well the time has finally come and we have left Yeppoon after 4 weeks. Its been a great stay, thanks greatly to Naomi's parents' hospitality, could happily stay longer but time marches on and the cyclone season is only a few months away so its well overdue that we leave. Did get lots of jobs done during our stay - resealed leaky toilet hatch, new brushes on anchor winch motor, stripper mounting welded, new spacer to correct welding, new raw water impeller, resealed impeller cover, had new front sail made, resealed impeller cover again, had new cockpit cover (bimini) made, cleaned fuel pre-filter, refilled gas tank, ordered new rope, made window supports, cleaned hull, sanded and repainted hull stripe on both side (biggest job by far), repaired sink cover, topped up battery water, ordered graphics for ... read more
Champagne in the cockpit
Sad farewell to Yeppoon
Alex on Considine Beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Yeppoon June 18th 2013

After a casual start Friday 14th Junewe motored to Keppel Bay Marina, Yeppoon. Naomi was nervous as she returning to her homeland (for the second time by boat). There we were met at the jetty by Don and Cheryl (Naomi's parents). They helped us tie up, gave us a warm welcome and our car keys. Naomi's brother Andrew, and owner of CQ Sailmakers, was coming later that day to measure up the boat for a new foresail. So for this the old sail had to come down and for this Naomi needed to go up 3/4 of the mast to release a rope. She complained that I was wobbling the boat too much as I moved around the deck- not sure how she will cope if she has to do this out to sea! After some ... read more
Sparklers at my birthday BBQ
Everyone together for Sunday Lunch
Oil slick like water

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Yeppoon October 17th 2012

Happy 7 month anniversary to us! We left Agnes Water very early this morning (8am!) as there were thousands of ants crawling everywhere and we didn't like it. We drove for about 4 hours (there were lots of roadworks) to get to Yeppoon. We drove through Rockhampton which is the beef capital of Australia apparently! But aside from eating steak there's not much to do there so we drove on a bit further. We checked into a lovely campsite called Poinciana tourist park, which is only a 3 minute walk to the beach. We drove to Yeppoon centre to do a bit of shopping and then went for a swim and a sunbathe on the beach! It was lovely as we virtually had the beach to ourselves!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Yeppoon October 14th 2012

Travelled north from Sydney to Yeppoon in Queensland. 28deg C but raining when we got there. Sarah took us from the airport to our resort hotel and later we went to their house for dinner. It was great to meet Grace and Bowie, the children of our niece Sarah and her husband Colin. Grace is such a chatterbox and very confident for a 5 year old. Went the next day to Sarah and Colin's place for a BBQ. Well why wouldn't you. It is Australia after all. They have a lovely home and life style. Day 3 in Queensland. Colin and I played golf at the resort whilst the women and kids played by the pool. Wild life everywhere on the golf course. Kangaroos, dingos, turkeys and other assorted bird life. We avoided looking for lost ... read more
The McAlpine house
The Queensland wildlife
Bird on a wire




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