We are about to leave Mackay to head north towards
Darwin and hope to spend some time in the Whitsundays which is a great cruising
We now have a new generator, engine has been serviced
and several hoses replaced which were causing problems and Steve by luck
spotted a leak on the fresh water cooling part of the engine which turned out
to be a loose hose which could have caused a lot of grief had it come off out
Work was done on the main electricity board and apparently
there was a wire rubbing through which would have resulted in loosing all power
had this happened at sea, so lots of preventative work has been done.
Steve spent all day fixing both heads so we now have
I (Katrin) have spent today and yesterday shopping in
a big way and we now have probably enough food, wine and beer to last for the
next month, laundry is done also, so we are ready to go.
Whilst in Mackay apart from working on the boat, we
had a day trip to Eungella national park. We had ‘Billy tea’ and ‘dampers’
in true Australian way, went for a walk in the rain forest to a really nice
waterfall, Saw Platypus swimming and stopped for a beer and a pie on the way back.
We also flew to Sydney
where we spent 5 days with Anna and Geoff and had great fun..One day in
downtown Sydney, one day driving round different
areas of Sydney
to see all the great views and walking along the beach. We then had a day out
with Raelea which involved a day on her yacht and then spent the rest of the
day at her house sipping wine and having a great meal. The next day we went to
the Blue Mountain where we did all the touristy
things and on the last day did a bit of shopping.
We also went to see ‘Pirots of Penzang’
at the Sydney Opera house and had a meal in the 360 degrees tower with views
over the whole of Sydney.
Billy tea being made.. climing
around the waterfall
Nice waterfall (see the person diving off – not
me..) interesting fungi growing..
Old generator comes out (finally) Steve
Posing with old generator New
Old Generator – just a bit rusty.. Sydney
Posing at the bridge (it was cold) Sydney Opera house
Great view over Sydney
Swimming pool with a view.. lovely
Night view of Sydney
opera house from the harbour
At Raelea’s house
Lovely view from Raelea’s house Raelea and
Steve playing Diderydoo
Katrin and Steve playing the in the Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains more Blue Mountains
This cliff is called the 3 sisters having a
meal with a view over Sydney
with Geoff and Anna