This week has been the epitome of the quintessential cruising life.

It started with errands in Bundaberg, motor spares, groceries, fishing tackle.

Bundaberg was a really nice small town and reminded me a bit of Invercargill (yes except the obvious temperature difference).

Anchored down town Bundaberg.

Anchored down town Bundaberg.

Since the weather was reported to be settled for the next few days we decided to sail out to Lady Musgrave Island, the 2nd most southern island of the great barrier reef (yay finally there). Its an unusual anchorage as there’s this little island (called a cay) and then this big reef that extends out in a circle around it with an entrance, so you sail through the reef entrance and then you are in a lagoon with the open ocean all around you, its pretty cool!

The laundry set up on Orion, washing machine, generator to make it go, wringer for wringing and fresh water for rinsing, works really well.

The laundry set up on Orion, washing machine, generator to make it go, wringer for wringing and fresh water for rinsing, works really well.

I try to make all meals before we go in case of seasickness!

I try to make all meals before we go in case of seasickness!

So we left 4am for a 50mile sail to Lady Musgrave (LM from here on), needing to get there in the daylight to navigate the entrance and the coral in the lagoon. Well we had a kickass sail all the way averaging 6knots, was an awesome day, pulled into the reef about 1.30pm and put the anchor down. Pure bliss!! We chucked the dinghy in and some snorkelling gear and headed for the beach, where we snorkelled and kayaked away the afternoon!

Trucking along under sail

Trucking along under sail

Still a bit chilly but we were well prepared

Still a bit chilly but we were well prepared

The crew practising steering the boat under sail

The crew practising steering the boat under sail

Doesn't look like he misses school that much does it?

Doesn’t look like he misses school that much does it?

I can only describe LM as magic, sitting on the beach watching whales frolick, turtles crusing past and popping their heads up, schools of fish leaping out of the water a metre off the beach, beautiful coral, loads of reef fish and water so clear you could see the bottom over 10m down!

We met a couple of other cruisers with kids as well and joined them for a few beach drinkies and a day of doing…. just nothing. Pictures don’t do the place justice but I’ll show you a few…

Soon after arriving.

Soon after arriving.

The island in the background.

The island in the background.

Sunset.

Sunset.

Charlie's new screen saver!

Charlie’s new screen saver!

New friends at the beach.

New friends at the beach.

We could have stayed for ever, but with a strong wind warning for thursday, we decided to head back to the mainland, we didn’t want our memories of that magical paradise ruined by horrible weather and an anchor dragging in a lagoon filled with coral bommies and a scary reef, so with another good forecast we sailed for Pancake creek just south of Gladstone to wait out the wind.

In Bundaberg we bought a new lure and some line recommended by the serious fishermen we know, half way back we remembered it and put it out, within a couple of hours I was woken by the call “fish on!” and Jas reeled in this good sized Big Eye Tuna

Yes I know, I'm not happy about the beard either.

Yes I know, I’m not happy about the beard either.

Tuna anyone!

Tuna anyone!

We weren’t sure about our filleting abilities but after watching a you-tube video I think we did really well, sashimi for dinner last night, grilled tuna tonight, yummy!!!

The plan is now a couple of days here in pancake creek to check out the beaches and perhaps if we can bribe our 5 year old a walk to the lighthouse. Then a trip either, up the outside of the coast or up the inside of Curtis island (we haven’t decided yet), and to the Keppel islands, with a stop in Yeppoon for some provisioning!

We haven’t had any more dramas (hopefully I’m not punished for saying it) but funny when we refuelled in Bundaberg Jas was getting some diesel additive out and what was tucked up there with all the oily things??? A spare belt, the correct size we both just shook our heads, but now we have 3 as we picked up a couple in Bundy, and we know where they are… Boats!!

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