Originally Posted by Scare_Rab
What to do after 8 weeks is a mystery at moment... I could be in Townsville (perhaps).
I can't really help on speeding up the purchase of a boat or preparations but can help on some places to see along the way. The 8 weeks period is fine to get from Brisbane
to say Townsville and see lots on the way as long as the boat you buy is ready to go. If not, you could well find yourself spending your 8 weeks in Moreton Bay!
However, assuming all goes well, which we hope, some suggestions would be:
to Mooloolaba, about 50nm depending on where you start in BNE. Mooloolaba is a good place to pick your timing for the Wide Bay Bar, a simple check is if they are surfing at Mooloolaba, the Bar will be pretty bad.
Mooloolaba to Wide Bay, another 50nm or so. Best to leave on weather
that allows you to go straight across the Bar .... calm in Mooloolaba and arrive say about an hour before high tide. Having to wait behind Double Island Point is a pain, very rolly. Once there, you can pick your anchorage, I usually stop just inside at Pelican Point.
Choose your own itinerary up the Great Sandy Straight. If you want to go straight through, leave Pelican point at low tide, carry the current
up the Straight and hit Sheridan Flats (shallows) about an hour before high tide., the tide you need to check is Boonlye Point. Pick your anchorage after that, Kingfisher Resort is good as long as there is no Northery. Get a 4WD tour of Fraser Island, it is worthwhile.
My usual next stop is Bundeberg Port Marina, they have a free bus into town for provisioning
. You can also go up the Burnett River, a bit shallow so depends on your draft
The next leg you can choose from a number of options they are all in Lucas, I quite like Pancake Creek, Pearl Bay, Island Head
Creek and Port Clinton. The only thing to check as you get a bit further north is make sure these anchorages
are open as they have military war games there and are frequently closed.
Leeks Beach or South Beach on Great Keppel Island are great, depends on wind
direction. Keppel Bay marina is good and close to Yepoon or Rockhampton for provisioning
, and Middle Percy Island is a must.
Mackay good for provisioning and some good restaurants on the marina.
Easy sail from there to the Whitsunday Islands and you can choose from the 74 islands. My usual trip is Mackay, Brampton, Goldsmith, Shaw and then on to Airlie Beach stopping wherever else we fancy. Whitehaven Beach is a must but don't just anchor
there, also go around to Tongue Point and go up to the lookout, the view over Hill Inlet (the Shifting Sands) is breathtaking. Cid Harbour and Nara Inlet are both very good bolt holes if it turns nasty.
Further north from Airlie, again pick your chosen anchorages
, Woodwark, Double Bay, Gloucester Passage
From Gloucester I don't usually stop much, just easy days wherever is suitable for the conditions. Cape Upstart is good in a SEaster, Cape Bowling Green is shallow and can kick up a bit in fresh conditions but a good overnight anchorage behind it, Horeshoe Bay on Magnetic Island is a good anchorage and a glass of wine and some oysters at the pub while watching the sunset is not too shabby.
Then you are at Townsville