We arrived in Australia on December 1st, and it has taken us this long to get a decent internet connection!! I won't bore you with the details, but it has been a long and painful process, and we finally ended up having to buy a hotspot and should now have some decent access for the next couple of months.
|Raising the Q Flag and our big Australia courtesy flag!|
To try and keep things in somewhat of a chronological order, I will keep this one short and go back and share some of our experiences and pictures of our travels from Tonga onwards. I know I briefly wrote about Tonga, but was not able to post any pictures, and they are definitely worth sharing! Our experiences in New Caledonia will probably require a couple of posts as our time there was so wonderful.
For now we are anchored on the Gold Coast, just south of Brisbane, on the east coast of Australia. Our arrival into the Land Down Under was in Bunderberg, about 200 miles north of here. We arrived after a brisk 4 day sail from New Caledonia with our friends Bruce and Lyn Savage on "JoliFou" (more about that later!).
|Our dolphin escort into Australia!|
|Bruce on JoliFou shoots past us on approach to Bunderberg and shouts "Welcome to Australia!". It was very cool, and I just wish I had been able to capture it on video!|
We've slowly hopped down the coast, doing day sails through the Great Sandy Straits and the waterways from Brisbane to here.
|Cool Runnings anchored off Fraser Island - Great Sandy Straits, Australia|
|Enjoying an ice cream! Fraser Island, Australia|
|Yay! We caught a Yellow Fin Tuna! En route from Woody Island to Mooloolaba|
|Our first view of the Gold Coast skyline....a shock to our system to see all these high rise buildings after relative isolation for the last 8 months!|
|Santa has to share his stage with a carton of eggs!|
So for now, this is our view from our anchorage in "Bum's Bay". I promise that more posts are coming soon!
All the best from the Cool Runnings crew!
|Dusk in Marine Stadium anchorage, also known as "Bum's Bay"|