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Old 07-12-2009, 13:45   #1
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Moreton Bay Destinations

I'll be cruising the Bay for Xmas - 2 weeks to wander.
We have already explored Horseshoe Bay and Deanbilla already - nice.
Sandhills and Tangalooma are high on the list.
What other destinations would you suggest?

Crew is wife, 2 kids (14 and 12) - we like snorkeling, swimming, fishing, wandering ashore and exploring, and poking around in the tender exploring new places.

Any hints most appreciated
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Hi FRaidNot
We will be spending about a week doing the same thing depending on the weather. In addition to the places you already mention we are looking at Saint Helena and possibly a trip up the river to the botanical gardens moorings.
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Blakesleys on north stradbrooke is our favourite, good protection from SE, good beach, good fishing and fires on the beach.
Horseshoe bay has good oysters at low tide, best in a Northerly. Tangalooma has a bit of a swell.
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much to do poking around Russell Is, Maclean etc ???
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thanks looks like a long haul up river ?

Do you have to book the moorings?

FWIW - I notice there may be casual berths available at Kangaroo Pt Marina as well.
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Only issue with the river in town is that it is quiote rolly with the city cats traffic.

Otherwise, just get a copy of beacon to beacon and have a look at the charts and ariel photos. My favourite is the Sandhills, and Days Gutter.
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My Favourite spots

Great in a strong southerly

Good to about 25 of South East to South

Same as above

In and around here in Nice weather

and in behind here if things get a bit ordinary
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Good info guys... thanks. Nice to see locals posting here!
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the north part of the moreton bay is sand with clear water and whiting and sandcrabs.
The southern part of the bay is mud with mud crabs and Mossies etc
If you are going up the Brisbane River make sure you go with the tide, the current is quite strong.
If you are near Cleveland, raby bay marina, red finger. We are having a Xmas party for all boaties on the pontoon. from Sundowners on Friday the 11th of December.
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Going a bit further South, and a bit further off topic... Do you guys have any favourites starting around the Northern Broadwater and moving along further South? Places with 5' on low tide.
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thanks looks like a long haul up river ?

Do you have to book the moorings?

FWIW - I notice there may be casual berths available at Kangaroo Pt Marina as well.
Havent done this trip yet myself but figure it should be a pleasant trip. Will definately be using the tide.
There are conflicting stories as to having to pre book berths. I have noticed boats frequently anchoring imediately up river from the pile berths.
I think the city cats stop running about 10 pm by the way
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My fave spots

Hi all,

new to the forum.

Been sailing around the Bay for most of my life in various boats.

Tangalooma's still beautiful, but is being loved to death. Good holding once you get established in the very tight confines behind the wrecks..very rolly at night with the shipping traffic and the Micat vehicular ferry.

Pumicestone (Bribie) Passage is great in a NE. Don't want to be there in a SE. Holding's not so great, have dragged in the middle of the night many a time.

Big Sandhills good holding, a great alternative to Tangalooma.
Haven't been to Lucinda Bay just south of Shark Spit near Tangalooma, but have heard it's absolutely gorgeous.

Agree with other posters about Blakesley's.

Done the Brisbane River trip once for RiverFire and made the almost lethal mistake of tying up on the outside of the Dockside Marina at Kangaroo Point. Traffic and wash was so intense after show that our Cal 34 was almost mounting the pontoon.....very scary!!!!! Oh, and the CityCats are troublesome as well. Worth the effort going upstream to the city, but either anchor or take a Botanical Gardens pile mooring.

Really looking for advice about getting into Wallum Pool and Day's Gutter. We now have a Eureka 32 sailing cat which draws about 70cm with daggerboards up. Oh, and how's the holding and what's there to see and do??

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