Springtime at Lady Musgrave

If you want to see breeding birds and turtles, if you enjoy snorkeling with a multitude of fish surrounding you, Lady Musgrave is the place to be. This is a busy spot though! The Lady Musgrave coral cay and lagoon are 52nm from Bundaberg and often the first or last stop along the reef yachts…

Illawarra Sailing

Although from the right direction, the breeze has not been very strong along the Illawarra coast, so no record breaking speed over the two days it took us to get south of Sydney. Just a motor sail from Batemans Bay to Crookhaven Heads, where we stopped for the night, then a spinnaker sail to Port…

Twelve Days in the Bay

We came into Port Phillip Bay a little over two weeks earlier than expected, thus with time to kill. Port Phillip Bay is huge: 1930 km2 and the shores stretch roughly 264kms. It is actually a port area made up of over 16 bays. Having always moored our boat in the Gippsland Lakes, we have…

More exploring up the Hawkesbury

Our last bushwalk from Coasters Retreat in Pittwater gave us a taste for more exploring up the Hawkesbury. We motored up to America Bay, from which we could set off on a walk. The Bay is peppered with club and private moorings, but when you are there mid week as we were, few yachts are around. The…

Broughton Beauty

Having been in harbours and rivers all along the coast of NSW, we were craving a bit of solitude and the sense of being away from it all. There are not that many places you can do this along this coast, but we had a goal in mind: to spend a few days around Broughton…

Bird Photography Challenge #59: Hoary-headed Grebe

The Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus) gets its name from the silvery-white streaking on its dark head.  Although common, it is easily alarmed and dives out of sight if any danger approaches.  This together with its small size makes it a tricky subject to photograph, just perfect for our #59 Bird Photography Challenge. What does it…