's blog entry we took the dingy for another trip. Before this I was in the toilet and opened up the ceiling hatch to say hello to Alex as he was roaming overhead - he replied by dropping a dried bird turd on my head!
Headed south to Bullock Point, the spot where the Fraser Island ferry ties up at night time. Alex's toy boat accompanied us as usual and this time he got to trail the boat behind us in the water, though Naomi seemed to enjoy doing this more than him.
Went to look for an old pier that was on the map but didn't find it. Got back to the boat as night fell just in time to put on the anchor light. Yesterday
we woke to a grey day with light rain. Mooched around all morning and put Alex down for his usual midday nap. As the tide was now rising, pulled up the anchor to leave which woke Alex up again. Note to self- pull up anchor and then put Alex to bed.
Motor-sailed south , after about an hour, veered round to the west and entered the shallow
Steering down Tin Can Inlet
boat getting towed in the background
Snapper Creek which led us up to Tin Can Bay marina. Along the way was overtaken by the coast guard - who then cut me off ! - towing in a sail boat - in it the depressed looking owner shrugged his shoulders as he met my gaze.
Returned from paying at the marina office, hosed the boat down, had lunch as rain set in for the rest of the afternoon and evening.
We have fond memories of several lazy weekends in Tin Can Bay from a couple of years ago as we had our previous boat Limpopo moored up here for a while on our way down from the Whitsundays. So being trapped in the boat by the weather was a little disappointing that we couldn't take a look around. Today
we were up early and it had stopped raining. Hurried down to Norman Point just in time for them to start feeding the dolphins that collect there each morning. Was keen to show them to Alex but he was more interested in the large pelican nearby.
Managed to get some milk and bread from the cafe there before heading back to boat
South end of Fraser Island's west coast
to leave before the tide dropped too far - Snapper creek can be quite shallow. Also managed to get a couple of bolts for the anchor winch stripper from the marina chandlery.
Had a lovely sail in 10 knots of wind back up Tin Can Inlet, came around the south of Fraser Island as the wind grew to 15 knots with some gusts up 20 knots - an exhilarating sail on flat water. Intentionally decreased sail as we came up the west side of Fraser Island as it was charted as being shallow. Saw a dingo trotting up the beach.
Then motored into Garry's Anchorage to join the other 15 boats resting here. Went ashore - there's a camping spot there - but got molested by mossies so didn't hang around long. Saw a sign warning about crocodiles in the area... surely not!
Got back to the boat for a sundowner to the sweet smell of mossie coils and a beautiful sunset.
The wind looks set to be a bit heavy over the next few days so will probably stay here as this is a secure anchorage.
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