Bundy to Whitsundays
Jeremy & Sally Paul
Wed 17 Jun 2009 00:23
Gladstone was only worth a quick stopover as the "city centre" consisted of a string of shops and a couple of restaurants. A trawler came in with some prawns and were selling it to anyone passing. One of the locals said " I wouldn't eat those, you willl probably glow in the dark afterwards.. " nice. It did look like every heavy industry was based there.
Anyway we were only there to pick up Annabel and Oakley, who duly arrived from Brisbane on the slowest train in the world. It took them 8 hours to do 250 miles.
We left at 5.00 in the morning with Oakley and Jeremy driving us out of the estuary.
On the way to the Whitsunday Islands we stopped overnight at a pretty bay off Scawfell.
The next day we managed to get the sails up and give Oakley her first taste of tipping over. It was the most beautiful conditions. 20 knots of breeze in nearly flat conditions. She was slightly worried, but at least she wasn't sick.
Our first port of arrival in the Whitsundays was Hamilton Island. The marina was surprisingly built up, but tastefully done. As is the tradition after a long difficult passage, burger and a beer was found, followed by rather delicious cocktails at the resort beside the pool.
We then explored the island by golf buggy. Jeremy loving every minute, and headed back to the boat. Unfortunately Sally and Jeremy fell asleep and did not wake up until 10 that night, feeling perky.. well Sally did. So she woke up Annabel as there was the sound of live music and someone having a great party. Well on trawling round every bar they were told it was a staff party and they could not get in! Obviously they were too much competition for the locals. Back to Astra for a couple of G and T's.
Off in the morning to find the guy who has the best job in the world.