Category Archives: Cruising North Coast

sexy or sinister?

By | August 21, 2019

Sexy or sinister … I have stolen this title from a friend! I am talking about clams. We have just visited Orpheus Island after a stopover at Townsville and the ever popular yachtie haunt at Horseshoe Bay on Maggie (Magnetic Island). Orpheus Island has a Research Station in Pioneer Bay. Threatened with extinction many years… Read More »

clams and clownfish

By | August 12, 2019

A reef weather window at last! Bait Reef and maybe the Hardy Reef lagoon were our destinations. Unfortunately, Bait Reef was everyone’s destination. As we approached Bait Reef it was apparent we would be travelling further on to Hardy Reef as the 5 moorings were already occupied, with another 5 boats anchored. Busy! Bait Reef… Read More »

whitsunday wandering

By | August 5, 2019

We are currently sitting out a few days of ordinary weather with strong winds, showers and cooler days, in Cid Harbour. Time to catch up on my blog, watch a film, read, clean and cook. Fortunately, we are getting some intermittent phone signal, thus internet, so it’s not too bad. But we are a tad… Read More »

whitehaven beach

By | August 3, 2019

With the wish to be in phone contact with home and our friends on ET, we decided we would only venture a short distance to Whitehaven Beach.  We have two ‘must do’s’ when we visit the Whitsundays … Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Our friends on Chances and Vivacious were at Whitehaven and had been… Read More »

family and friends

By | August 1, 2019

This is one of the more difficult posts I’ve written. When we return to The Bossa each year we leave our family and friends behind for six months.  We’ve always felt ‘connected’ though, with our mobile phones and the internet. We are only a phone call away we would say.  And then only a flight… Read More »

percy islands

By | July 22, 2019

After our extended marina time in Keppel Bay we were ready to ‘escape’.  The strong winds and big seas had eased and the Shoalwater Bay military training zone had reopened which was quite timely. We had no wind!  One extreme to the other. After two days of motoring we revisited South Percy Island for a… Read More »

we gotta get out of this place!

By | July 6, 2019

We have been in the Keppel Bay Marina now for two weeks.  We originally came in for birthday celebrations and the need for a VHF radio repair.  We’ve been here ever since! After enjoying a fantastic run of beautiful weather from Boatworks to Great Keppel Island, we are now waiting for strong winds and BIG swells… Read More »

great keppel island

By | June 26, 2019

We had a great sail from Heron Island to Great Keppel Island. Flat water and a steady 10-15 knot breeze. Dinner was covered for five nights with a spotted mackerel caught on passage and we enjoyed some repeated breaching by a very energetic whale off our starboard transom.  While it was too far away for… Read More »

heron island and wistari reef

By | June 21, 2019

Heron Island has one of the few resorts located on the GBR.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t welcome yachties who might venture out this far, however there’s always a walk around the island on offer as we have access up to the high-water line.  We did visit reception though and they were generously agreeable to us having… Read More »

Fitzroy Reef

By | June 19, 2019

Apologies to my email subscribers, another try … There are so many coral cays out here but the weather and time dictates how many you can visit as sheltered anchorages are a must. If there is an island, they are quite small. We can usually circumnavigate them in under an hour by foot, so it’s the… Read More »

southern great barrier reef

By | June 18, 2019

It’s so wonderful to be back in the water! A warm and calm patch of weather over the last week has meant I’ve unexpectedly been able to enjoy my underwater world in the Bunker and Capricorn group of coral cays and islands, in the southern section of our wonderful GBR. We are now back in… Read More »

Wide Bay Bar

By | June 6, 2019

Woohoo, our 2019 east coast journey begins! After we left The Boatworks we caught our breath with a few nights in the Broadwater, familiarizing ourselves with our ‘second home’. Living between two homes involves some clumsy moments remembering just where things are. Of course, on The Bossa, it’s a tad more important as many things… Read More »

Here We Go Again!

By | May 30, 2019

I think we left Melbourne at the right time!  Winter has well and truly set in now with wind, rain, hail and even snow. And it’s COLD downsouth!!  Sunshine and 25 degrees up here. We are now on the water enjoying a rest … and the sunshine!As per the previous four years, we left The Bossa… Read More »

It’s all over now … take two!

By | November 9, 2018

Take two!  I’m trying to improve on my layout for you email subscribers. This is what your post update should have looked like … It’s that time of the year again … when we swap ‘homes’.  Our 2018 sailing season has come to an end. We have arrived back at Boatworks and packed our boat… Read More »

It’s all over now …

By | November 9, 2018

Take two!  I’m trying to improve on my layout for you email subscribers. This is what your post update should have looked like … It’s that time of the year again … when we swap ‘homes’.  Our 2018 sailing season has come to an end. We have arrived back at Boatworks and packed our boat… Read More »

5 Years Today!

By | November 3, 2018

It was on this day 5 years ago, when our Bossa Nova slowly glided down our driveway, behind a monstrous truck. It was such a memorable day! After three years of blood, sweat and tears building our Fusion 40, our baby was finally leaving our paddock.  A big truck entered our work yard, backed under… Read More »

Lady Musgrave Island

By | November 1, 2018

Lady Musgrave Island is probably the most well known coral cay in the Southern Great Barrier Reef.  Day tour boats visit from Bundaberg and it’s a popular stopover anchorage for yachties on the way north and south.  It’s approx’ 35 nautical miles from Pancake Creek, south of Gladstone. We had visited Lady Musgrave a few… Read More »

Fitzroy Reef … day two!

By | October 31, 2018

We loved Fitzroy Reef.  The lagoon has a white sandy bottom, such clear water and so much reef to explore.  I had snorkeled every day for a week now I think. Was I snorkeled out yet? Nearly. If Heron Island was all about big fish, Fitzroy was about the little fish. After a long 2-hour… Read More »

Fitzroy Reef … loved it!

By | October 30, 2018

Entering the Fitzroy Reef lagoon entrance on dead low tide made it quite spectacular. Once inside, it was a glass-out! Not a breath of wind.  Absolute perfect outer reef weather … whoopee! After a 3-hour motor on flat oily water from Heron Island, we followed Take It Easy through the somewhat narrow Fitzroy lagoon entrance, with both… Read More »

Heron Island and Wistari Reef

By | October 28, 2018

After a calm night at anchor at North West Island we woke to glassy water and a blue sky. It was a short motor hop to Heron Island and Wistari Reef. Fortunately, the two moorings were free so with TIE and The Bossa securely attached, it was snorkel time, once again taking advantage of the midday… Read More »

first stop … North West Island

By | October 27, 2018

We left Great Keppel Island at day break (5 am) and arrived at North West Island at lunchtime, after 7 hours of motoring (remember, we didn’t want wind). An uneventful 43 nautical mile trip, our longest passage, until we leave Lady Musgrave Island at the end of our Southern Reef adventure. North West Island is a large… Read More »

Southern Great Barrier Reef

By | October 26, 2018

In my last post I mentioned we were heading out to sea. We have just spent the last seven days in the Southern section of the Great Barrier Reef, at the Capricorn and Bunker Groups of islands. Why haven’t we visited here before??!! I suppose Lady Musgrave Island counts, but I also think perhaps we are… Read More »

my underwater world … part two

By | October 20, 2018

I hope I haven’t bored my readers with this endless collection of underwater snaps yet?! We are venturing out to the southern section of the Great Barrier Reef very early this morning.  Maybe more underwater photos that even “gazump” this collection? There will be no phone reception out there so my next post will be… Read More »

my underwater world … part one

By | October 19, 2018

Snorkeling has become my number one activity when I’m on The Bossa.  I’ve mentioned how disappointing and sad the state of the Great Barrier Reef is around the Whitsundays.  The silt and algae, along with the damaged coral, will be having a big impact on the tourism there.  However, back south, here at GKI, it… Read More »

Great Keppel Island

By | October 19, 2018

Each morning we get up in anticipation.  The weather forecast! We are planning to hop down the coral cays of the Southern Great Barrier Reef with Take It Easy. We need light winds, clear sunny skies, neap tides, a low tide in the middle of the day and a favourable wind direction to get us… Read More »

Southward Bound!

By | October 13, 2018

We have arrived at Great Keppel Island (GKI). The northerlies finally arrived so several yachts departed the Whitsundays around the same time, all southward bound.  I counted 30+ yachts in a few of our anchorages. It is approx. 200 nm from the Whitsundays to GKI so its usually a 4-day passage.  We had a brilliant weather… Read More »

one more time …

By | October 12, 2018

We hopped down south to Plantation Bay, Lindeman Island. An unexpected treat was another ‘last snorkel’.  Little did I know I would finally see some Anemonefish. Here’s a few pics …

2018 … “cruising blues”

By | October 3, 2018

Friends (non-boating ones) often ask … “what do we do?” We sail, we fish, we read, we walk, we talk and we just love the cruising life.  But, it’s the people we meet along the way that have the biggest impact on our cruising life. Lasting friendships are formed. We are beginning our southern journey… Read More »

my last snorkel here …

By | October 3, 2018

My last snorkel in the Whitsundays! While the reef here is not what it used to be, there’s still plenty to see under the water.  While the bottom is covered with a layer of brown murky sediment and the water somewhat cloudy, seeing the bright fish life and the new corals, is still my favourite… Read More »

the highs and the lows

By | September 23, 2018

It has been a rollercoaster ride over the last few weeks here in the Whitsundays. There are a few ‘safe havens’ in these waters.  When the wind blows too hard, we yachties look for shelter (contrary to what some think … we don’t like strong wind either). Nara, Macona and Gulnare Inlets, along with Cid… Read More »

Back in the water …

By | September 18, 2018

It’s so good to be back in the water. However to date, I’ve only managed to get to the fringing reef around the islands.  The outer reef is hopefully not too far away … we are waiting on a ‘weather window’! The popular Whitsundays snorkeling spots here have been the likes of Blue Pearl Bay,… Read More »

A Must Do!

By | September 4, 2018

Wow … Wow … Wow! We picked a day with a clear sky forecast and then a time with the sun overhead and also low tide. We booked a one-hour Reef and Islands flight out of Airlie Beach.  The day was perfect with little wind and no clouds.  My last experience on a small plane… Read More »

12 days …

By | September 3, 2018

We have just enjoyed 12 days of glorious weather, but more importantly, 12 days of family time with Abbey on board. First stop … Whitehaven.  THE best beach! After many visits to the Whitsundays over the years, on our last visit here in 2016 we actually visited a bay we hadn’t been to before. Waites Bay… Read More »

Back in the Whitsundays!

By | August 20, 2018

It has been a few weeks since my last post.  We are anchored in Gulnare Inlet, near Hamilton Island, ready to collect Abbey tomorrow. We have had such a run of great weather. Clear blue skies, warm and gentle sailing breezes.  We’ve even had super calm days without a breath of wind.  We do treasure… Read More »

the big and the small …

By | August 9, 2018

The big … While we have seen so many whales on our trip north this year, I’m still hoping for that ‘special’ shot of a whale breeching.  We have seen some acrobatics, but way too far away.  We’ve also had whales close, sometimes too close, but they’ve been simply heading north like us. We have… Read More »

Magnetic Magic!

By | August 8, 2018

Did you know … Magnetic Island was named by Captain Cook, whose compass played up when he sailed past in 1770? Visiting Horseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island is a bit like visiting a friend.  Familiar, easy, friendly, secure, pretty and calm (its protected from most wind directions) … a ‘yachties paradise’ Neville would say. It is… Read More »

Island Tragedy

By | July 27, 2018

While our 2018 visit to the Whitsundays has been a brief one to date, we have already seen some of Cyclone Debbie’s destruction and the its lingering consequences. We stopped at Hamilton Island to re-provision, to South Molle Island for a walk to the lookout and we are now anchored off Gloucester Island, a favourite… Read More »

The Percys

By | July 22, 2018

A perfect day for updating my blog! We are anchored at Shaw Island with Pas De Chat (pronounced pa—da-cha). It’s blowing 20+ knots so it’s a day on board, but we have blue skies and 24 degrees … and internet … so who’s complaining? We left The Narrows two weeks ago for Great Keppel Island. It… Read More »

The Narrows

By | July 6, 2018

Let’s mix it up. We think some of our blog ‘followers’ might enjoy this little side story. We are a sailing boat, so yes, we always want to sail. If we need to, we motor-sail, which is a combination of sailing and motoring (usually because there’s no wind). And then there’s motoring, which we don’t really want… Read More »

Pancake Creek

By | July 4, 2018

One of the bonuses of the cruising life is visiting places that are only accessible by water and are also not on the ‘tourist’ run. Yellow Patch on the northern side of Curtis Island not far from here comes to mind and also where we are now, Pancake Creek. The anchorage ‘hops’ up the east coast… Read More »

Byron to Bundy

By | July 1, 2018

This is our fourth year on The Bossa and our third cruising the east coast. Our trip north this year began slightly differently … we joined friends at Byron Bay and celebrated my entry in to the next decade with a 3-day land interlude.  (My biggest concern was spending this occasion under our boat with… Read More »

We’re back …

By | June 19, 2018

We are back! Not sure where we should call ‘home’ these days but sharing our time between our home on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria AND on our catamaran bossa nova certainly works well for us. We have had discussions about one or the other … but we like it both ways! So after a grueling… Read More »

All over for another year!

By | November 20, 2016

We have hauled out Bossa Nova at Boatworks. The packup has started. It’s very comfortable and welcoming here at Boatworks.  A few friends are around too so the socialising continues.  We have also caught up with our friends from last year, Leanne and Steve on Easy Tiger, who are visiting for a few days and… Read More »

Time for some reflection …

By | November 15, 2016

Our 2016 northern journey is coming to an end. Like last year, we’ve had the most fantastic time and also like last year, we are actually ready to return to our lovely home, family and friends. Here’s a few favourite memories … We have met so many great people this year.  It has been very… Read More »

Let’s go fly a kite!

By | November 13, 2016

Today was our last sail!  Mooloolaba to Moreton Bay with Chances (Port Stephens) and Pas de Chat (Port Macquarie). We have really enjoyed cruising with our new friends – Gary and Annie, and Jim and Jan.  I’m sure we will see them again! 66 nautical miles.  Top speed 12.6k (Neville says the instruments don’t lie!).  Departure 4.15… Read More »

Bundy to Mooloo’loolaba!

By | November 9, 2016

We reluctantly departed our favourite Lady Musgrave for Bundaberg, once again at daybreak .  We are getting very used to waking at first light but these Queenslanders don’t know what they’re missing with no daylight saving. The weather does dictate our passages …BUT we also had a 60th birthday to attend! Last year on our… Read More »

Lady Musgrave – The Magic of Nature – Part 2

By | November 1, 2016

On our last night at Lady Musgrave, we joined Gary and Annie from Chances and went ashore for our sundowners.  We set up our own turtle watching station, out of the wind, on the western side of the island.  There was 14 knots of wind blowing so we knew we were going to get wet… Read More »

Lady Musgrave – Part 1

By | November 1, 2016

When we visited Lady Musgrave last year we knew we’d be back.  Lady Musgrave is a coral cay.  It has a tiny sand island at the end of its big blue lagoon with a coral reef surrounding the lagoon.  We have just enjoyed such a memorable three days there … again. We arrived at Pancake… Read More »

Yellow Patch

By | October 26, 2016

I’ve had a ‘bucket list’ of destinations for this year’s trip north.  One was Yellow Patch and it did not disappoint. Yellow Patch is an anchorage on Curtis Island and it is known for its huge dramatic patch of yellow sand.  A stunning sand hill is the backdrop in this sandy estuary.  It’s a possible… Read More »

Alphabet Soup!

By | October 21, 2016

We only have four more weeks! Time for some reflection … One thing stands out with this year’s northern journey … it’s the people we’ve met and the friendships we’ve formed. We do occasionally travel in company and this year it has been with Gary and Annie on Chances (who we met briefly right at… Read More »