Some good suggestions from the crew so here are our two for you ....
1. If you are going around the outside of Fraser, you could aim for Platypus Bay (near the top of Fraser) for the night instead of Bundaberg. You can then just back-track around the tip of Fraser and then head
south for a long day's run to Mooloolaba (which is safe to enter after dark ... though take care if you do it at low tide)
2. In terms of Brisbane marinas
, it depends on your plans.
If you leaving the boat for a while, then Rivergate Marina is OK ... but it is noisier, dirtier (you are under a freeway bridge and the flight path) and has the most limited facilities (eg. no food
shops or transport but does have repairers etc).
The bigger, better marina is 1.5 hours south of the Brisbane River at the various marinas
behind the Manly breakwater. Manly is like a small town with cafes, shops, hotel
, weekend market, chandlery
, repairers as well as public transport options to city etc. There are a few separate marinas so try them all for a casual berth. Suggest you also call ahead to the coast guard to check the entrance depth
as a very low tide might be tight for you. We found the Manly marina prices to be similar to Rivergate.
If you can't find a casual berth at Manly, send me a message .... I think our 70 foot neighbour has gone away for a while.