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Jun 30, 2016 - Food glorious food

Arrived in Port Bundaberg on Saturday morning. Bundaberg is the food bowl of Queensland and it did not disappoint. Our first meal was fresh local seafood platter containing Moreton Bay bugs, Hervey Bay Spanner crabs, Tiger prawns, oysters and smoked Salmon. The freshness was outstanding and the best seafood we have had in a long time and all for $40, a definite must do again. Sunday morning was a visit to the Shalom markets where many local growers sell the produce. Again freshness and variety of produce was evident. It makes me realise...

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Feb 22, 2014 - Calliope

Friday 21st We left Yeppoon this morning at 10am and heading towards Gladstone. We are going to look at a couple of free camps along the way with the possibility of maybe staying for a night or so. Again there are a lot of road works (very much needed) on the road. We traveled 170kms and found a free camp called Calliope, this is just a small town but the free camp is very pleasant. It runs along a river and you used to be able to camp on both sides of the river but since the floods of a few years ago the opposite side to where we are is...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Gladstone

10/29/13, Tuesday. Drove to Gladstone today. It was a long drive through the country. We stayed in the Reef Hotel overlooking the harbour. Gladstone is a very large port city with a lot of industrial area and a very busy port. We were just here overnight.

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May 3, 2013 - Lake Awoonga

May 3 - 5 Our next stop was Lake Awoonga, near Gladstone. We stayed at what we thought would be a quiet caravan park at the Lake, only to discover a metamorphosis occurred when the sun went down and the permanents revealed their true colors when alcohol loosened their vocal chords. Cazza relaxed on the banks of the Boyne River during the days while Davo chased Barra hunting for our next meal, as well as cooking, cleaning and caring for Cazza. After hooking up a few big ones (that got away) and buying a new Barra net, he landed his first...

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Davo and Cazza 2013

Jan 12, 2010 - The Final Chapter

We left Gladstone at 4.00 am, the weather forecast was for SE – NE winds. This turned into a SE slog most of the day. The wind died and those purists of my crew on watch insisted on sailing the light conditions instead of motor sailing. If you have ever tried to sleep with a boom banging and sails flapping you will know what I mean. My friend Barry Moore on Dragon Lady left after us, his motor broke down, Something I had managed to avoid. Lucky for him he had lots of spares. Finally the NE wind arrived the next day and we had a top sail...

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ECG WANDERINGS

Nov 30, 2009 - Gladstone.

The young(ish) and restless Initially had the thought of getting up in the hinterland behind Rockhampton and Gladstone, but realized we needed to be near Fraser Island (700kms) away in a week so we started the mosey south to check out Yepoon. Very strange name and my goodness it can blow there. The gentle sea breeze had a "milk out of tea" quality to it. The other very strange thing we saw, was people swimming at the beach, naked in their speedos. For those of you concerned with the above word picture read: no stinger suits. Yes, it is true...

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Nov 10, 2009 - The Long Way Home

It finally was time to leave the Whitsundays with my two new crew members, we left the marina at 2.30 AM, our aim was to catch the incoming tide which runs south at 2 knots. The wind was gusting 20 knots plus, as we made our way up the Whitsunday Passage. It was pretty much a straight beat with little tacks. Once outside the passage it was a different story with confused seas and lots of tacking to keep us on course for the Percy Islands. Our newest crew member Tash proved her metal in the trying conditions and looked like being a...

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Aug 23, 2009 - Gladstone

So my journey south continues with the scenery alternating between dry bushland and sugarbeet plantations. For three days. In between all this I took a side trip to Broken Rover see on of Ozzies most well known and most elusive, the duckbilled platypus. I managed to time my arrival with perfection, no sooner had I taken my place next to the river bank then one came out of its little riverbank hole and glided straight towards us then took a little dive leaving its distinctive trail of small bubbles before surfacing again, definately a...

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Where's Malcolm?

Jul 29, 2009 - Harvey Bay - Gladstone

Alan and I left the Kingfisher resort late in the evening expecting an easy run to Pancake Creek. Pancake Creek is the most beautiful stop over between Harvey Bay and Gladstone. We hadn’t factored in the tide and found we were motoring at about 5 knots and the tide was rushing in at 4 knots. This means we were traveling at about 1 knot per hour. In the end we dropped anchor near Woody Island and we slept until 4.00 am. The tide was running out at a fast and furious pace making for quick travel in the early morning light. The trip to Pancake...

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Mar 7, 2009 - A stop in Rockhampton and Gladstone...

Saturday March 7 After finding a large green frog sitting in the toilet bowl this morning and many others inhabiting the women’s washroom we decided to forego showering and move on. We are 48 hours ahead of hurricane “Hamish” which is moving down the east coast with us. Our first port of call was Yeppoon a coastal resort town where we treated ourselves to a morning coffee and a walk along the seafront. Then we drove on to Keppel Bay and Emu Park for more ocean front walking. At Rockhampton we stopped only to do a grocery shop and at the...

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Jan 29, 2008 - Aussie Day Weekend @ Pancake Creek 08

Thursday, January 24th 2008. Carnelpya is dry docked waiting for the courier to arrive with the repitched props. Kimbo my mechanic tells me that these will make all the difference to power and fuel usage. I am sceptical. How can you decrease pith and diameter of props thereby increasing RPM and still expect better speed and lower fuel consumption? More on this later. Saturday: January 26th. Australia Day. Arrive at the Gladstone Marina at around 8am. Jason and Danielle arrive at 8.45. Pack up boat and set sail at 9am for Pancake Creek. Into...

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Nov 18, 2006 - Gladstone

Well another week has flown by. They really do seem to be passing by at an alarming rate now. Since my last entry we have spent the week with my sister Laurie and my brother in law Steve at their place in Gladstone. It's no mean feat having four people come to stay with you but they really made us feel welcome and showered us with love. They also fed us like royalty! We ate so very well it is going to take Anna and I another week to remove the extra pounds we managed to add whilst there. Don't get me wrong though I do love good food and...

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