Maintenance done and dusted
Done, finished, it’s all over red rover! The last bits of maintenance are completed: the starboard engine is back in operation, with its new flexible coupling in place, we have a spare for the other engine, the TV is in the cedar cabinet with its new piano hinged door which looks like it has always been there, and the starboard toilet door frame which had a small crack in the veneer has been repaired. The team at 143 Boat Building really looked after us well as always. We said our goodbyes on Monday night and left the Boat Works early the next morning before the wind picked up… Phew!
Outings in the Gold Coast Hinterland
We were desperate for an escape! While waiting for the works to be completed, we headed off to the Lamington National Park at Binna Burra and the Springbrook National Park, doing multiple walks over a few days. It has been good for our body and soul and we thought we’d take you along for the hikes.
At Binna Burra, we discovered the Daves Creek Circuit, a 12km varied trail through rainforest, dry forest and the edge of the escarpment. The Tullawallal Circuit was a shorter but really attractive 5km stroll through gradually changing rainforest of strangler figs, plank buttresses, vines, Antarctic beech forest, where epiphytes and ferns were rendered more vibrant by the previous night’s rain. Here are the highlights of both walks in a slide show.
Then we moved to the Springbrook National Park and walked the 5km Purlings Falls Circuit. Lots of steps down to the bottom of the falls and back up, but what a magnificent sight. Again, here is a slide show.
Since leaving The Boat Works we have been anchored at Wave Break Island next to the Gold Coast Seaway, waiting for gale force winds and rain to abate so we can leave and head north. At least we have been able to catch up with a few more cruising friends on Alidade, Gipsy, Skellum, Zed… We are trying not to go completely bonkers with being stranded and connecting with like minded people helps.