Friday 26 February 2021

Value for $ or Rip Off - We give our verdict on the Queensland Coast’s Most Expensive Marina


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75 days after leaving the dock to isolate afloat away from Covid our provisions were holding out but our watermaker needed attention so we set sail to Karen’s home town of Airlie Beach and take a berth in a marina for the first time since heading to sea. The Coral Sea Marina is well known as the priciest on the Queensland Coast but is it worth the money or just a rip off. We give our opinion and would love to hear yours.


Our Dreamtime in her berth at Coral Sea Marina

In Airlie Beach, Karen introduces Rob to some of the adventure grounds of her high school years with walks to a favourite swimming hole and one of the Whitsunday’s most spectacular lookouts.


Karen taking a break on the Airlie Creek Track

The foreshore redevelopment at Cannonvale has been very well done.

The view from the top of the Honeyeater Trail is spectacular

Make sure watch to the end where in ‘Our Galley’ Karen provides a quick tip on how she keeps coming up with tasty treats long after fresh supplies are gone.

Anchored in Happy Bay with Happy Wife & Happy Life. What could be better?

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Join in this episode as we rock and roll on our Whitby 42 Ketch from Goldsmith Island to Long Island in the heart of the Whitsunday Group on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. We anchor off the mothballed Happy Bay Resort with excellent protection from the approaching strong south easterly winds. Karen spent many fun filled days here as a child growing up on her parents Game Fishing Charter boat in nearby Shute Harbour.  She really enjoyed the memories rekindled during our visit.

Sailing downwind wing on wing

About 40 years separates these two photos of Karen taken at Happy bay

We also got amongst the rainforest on another great National Parks Trail and spent some time trying to rediscover Karen’s childhood pirate cave.

Some exploring at low tide

The Whitsunday Passage

Happy Bay Resort now

Happy Bay Resort in the 70s

 In Our Galley Karen invents a new fish dish so different it hasn’t even got a name yet but it’s so tasty it really deserves a great one.  


Island Love & Boat Life - 2020 Ep 13 - Watermaker Woes in Paradise - YouTube


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Sailing north through Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Islands, we discover a new ‘to us’ anchorage that very quickly becomes a candidate for the ‘Our Favourite Island’ title. Yes OK.  It’s hard to stick with one favourite when the Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over almost 1,300 nautical miles (2,300 kilometres) but for at least the time we spent anchored in spectacular Roylen Bay on Goldsmith Island it was our latest love. With tropical sunshine, golden sand, crystal clear waters and tasty fresh fish on the table, what’s not to like? Apart from our new watermaker failing that is. Make sure you watch to the end where Karen’s show’s how easy it is to spice up fish fillets in the scrumptious flavours of North Africa. Please leave us a comment on what you thought about the video. We LOVE your feedback to improve our channel. Cheers!

Here’s a few shots from our latest video to whet the appetite.

Roylen Bay on Goldsmith Island is stunning in the sunshine

Having a tropical island beach all to ourselves is hard to beat

Chasing fish on the way Goldsmith Island

Karen on the helm

Our Dreamtime under sail 

The wild life was fantastic to watch

Make sure you watch to the end where Karen’s show’s how easy it is to spice up fish fillets in the scrumptious flavours of North Africa

Letting big wind blow by at Brampton Island - 2020 Ep 12 – Join us on this Great Barrier Reef Jewel

We sailed 79 miles to Brampton Island from Middle Percy Island to shelter from a strong blow coming from the South East. Watch our video on YouTube HERE
After sitting out days of wind and rain secure in the anchorage, we were rewarded with some perfect days to enjoy this tropical oasis. They were the sort of days that remind us why we live on a yacht as we explored the macabre abandoned resort, stretched our legs with a climb through island’s stunning vegetation to take in the breath-taking views from Brampton Peak and had beautiful golden sand beaches all to ourselves to enjoy warm, crystal clear waters. Brampton is beautiful.

The sun rising as we sailed from the Percy Islands to Brampton

Flat seas and no wind meant we motored all the way

We were able to complete the long passage and anchor safely just before sunset

Rob checking out what was a beautiful pool at the old resort.

Karen getting some footage at the lookout after our walk

The national park walks on the island are very good.

Butterflies, butterflies and more butterflies

On the beautiful beach at Carlisle Island looking across to Brampton

Hobbie cats still sit at the abandoned resort

Jet-skis still on their trailers