Do you prefer serene or exciting? Would rather wait or do? Well we have been serenely waiting for more exciting things to do! This last week we have been in the Great Sandy Straits, a 70 km long waterway that separates mainland Queensland from World Heritage listed Fraser Island.
You enter the Straits by crossing the infamous Wide Bay Bar. There is a distinct change of pace once through the Mad Mile as it is often referred to. From Inskip Point to the Sandy Straits along Fraser Island, you are in protected waters: calmer conditions, gentle scenery, a feeling of tranquility.
Here are a few images taken at Inskip Point on the mainland where we anchored overnight to time our entry into the Straits with the rising tide the next day. The bar can be wild and treacherous but not that morning!
Into the Straits
With about 10 days to kill before being able to head off to the Reef, we have again been in waiting mode, stagnating and feeling rather bored. After four months of sitting around we are going stir crazy! The tranquility of the images in this post belies the sense of anticipation we feel about the weeks ahead! For Bengie, no excitement, just contentment at being in flat water in the sun.
Although we can’t wait to shift gear, we have made the most of a very scenic region. The Sandy Straits are a complex network of channels, sand banks, mangroves, mud islands, salt marshes and seagrass beds. It is quite shallow and it pays to stay alert as you make your way through the maze. Some areas are only accessible at high water, but reveal extraordinary patterns of ripples, furrows and grooves at low tide. The drone came in handy to show the sculptural sand spits and the vast waterways around our anchorage at White Cliffs.
Stunning sunsets are the hallmark of this quiet place. Every night at White Cliffs, we got a different show of colours and moods.
And finally, we got out of the Straits at Moon Point, anchored there for the night, topped up our fresh water tanks and walked the beach, then onto Burnett Heads the next day!
Guests for the Reef!
Today as we post this, we are motoring up the Burnett River to the town of Bundaberg for serious provisioning. If you are wondering why we have not rushed off to the Reef yet, it is for two reasons: a medical appointment on 3rd May for Wade and also because we are welcoming Wade’s brother Murray and his wife Maree on board. They are joining us for two or three weeks to share our Southern Reefs adventure at the Capricorn & Bunker Group. It is always great fun to have friends or family on Anui and they were quick to organize themselves at short notice to come up from Melbourne so there is excitement all round! Four more sleeps and we are off to our happy place.