Well as gorgeous as Zoe Bay was we had to push on to Airlie Beach so we could start our two week vacation sailing in amongst the islands of the Whitsundays.
|The Skipper puts a patch on a hole in our trampoline whilst underway. An impromptu lesson in sewing for the girls|
|Lunch underway: Salmon fish cakes with SomTum Salad made from the green pawpaw we picket at Dunk Island|
First stop was Magnetic Island, so called Magnetical Island by Captain Cook when he sailed past in 1770, apparently it affected his compasses although other boats have not had the same affect.. Perhaps he’d had too much rum.
There is not much to see at Horseshoe Bay except the pretty boats and a few restaurants. We had a walk up and down the strip and then let the kids play in the park while we waited for our bus to take us to Nelly Bay. It costs $8.80 for two adults and two kids to get the bus there and then again to get us back which added a bit to the shopping bill but we thought there might be more to see at Nelly Bay so we didn’t mind. Also little miss 5 likes the adventure of taking a bus!
It was a pretty drive to Nelly Bay with ocean views most of the way. There are lots of walks you can do at Magnetic Island but we only had the afternoon so not this time. There is an IGA at nelly Bay but the prices are inflated, no doubt due to the fact they have to bring it all in from the mainland. We tried to buy limes but at $29 a kilo the girls and I worked out that four limes would be about $15 and we didn’t need them that badly! Two peaches came to just under $9 so I put them back too… We managed to fill up on more snacks and also got a decent roast as well. Afterwards we ran back to the bus terminal to catch it back as they only run once an hour, not much else to see here. A bit disappointing.
|leaving Magnetic Island|
|Miss 7 spotted the first whales and alerted the crew|
Eager to push on we left Magnetic Island the next morning after a rough night’s sleep due to the rolly anchorage. We left at 0620 and after a look at the chart, decided to push on to Airlie Beach instead of stopping for more fuel at Bowen. it was a long trip but we had some company on the way, with several sightings of whales to keep us company and entertained. I also had a chance to make some pickled pawpaw before dinner.
|my pickling station!|
|a gorgeous sunset and a night ahead at sea|
We finally made it to Airlie at 2am the next morning anchoring in the bay to sleep.
|After a discussion lead to the girl’s learning about Picasso, this is what miss 7 was inspired to draw|
Airlie Beach is gorgeous and the marina at Abell Point is very welcoming. We got up early in the morning and took the tender in to the markets hoping for some fresh produce but not much there to buy so we just looked around. Once the marina had a berth available we took Katsumi in and for the first time since we left Cairns we put the air conditioner on and had a free flowing fresh water shower. Lovely!
We spent one night in Abell Point Marina, shopped to increase provisions, fueled up and filled the water tanks and now we are headed to Cid Harbour, a lovely little spot with a great walking track. We need to get away from it all for a few days, I may not have internet, we’ll see how we go. Last time we moved around a few metres here and there till we got a signal! Stand by for some pictures that should be special.