Cruising event dates and destinations are subject to favourable weather. All suggested activities are optional!
- 10/11/2017 Five Day Great Sandy Straits Cruise
- 15/1/2018 Two Week Cruise to NSW Northern Rivers
- 20/7/2018 Two Week Cruise One way to The Whitsundays
- 24/8/2018 Two Week Cruise from The Whitsundays to Cairns
Friday, November 10, 2017 – A Five Day Cruise to The Great Sandy Straits
Depart Mooloolaba 3am to arrive in the last hour of the flood tide at Wide Bay Bar at about 12noon. (56 nautical miles at 6 knots average speed over the ground.)
Drop anchor at Inskip Point. It is an easy trip in calm water to visit the shore by dinghy.
Spend Saturday, Sunday and Monday discovering the many calm anchorages and visit Kingfisher Bay Resort, enjoy the pleasant bush walks on Fraser Island and the gatherings of the Cruising Division on shore.
Anchor on Monday night at Inskip Point for a 4.30am crossing on Tuesday morning of Wide Bay Bar for the homeward leg.
Monday, January 15, 2018 – A Two Week Cruise to NSW Northern Rivers
Depart Mooloolaba on Monday 15/1/18 and sail South, anchoring overnight at Little Sand Hills. Apply your navigation skills through gullies and creeks to the Broadwater at Southport. Anchor the night in the Broadwater and enjoy the buzz of the Gold Coast. Dinghy ashore to walk on the calm inshore sandy beaches. Visit the Southport Yacht Club the next night and enjoy the Gold Coast nightlife. Leave early to sail out to the ocean via the Gold Coast Seaway and sail south to Ballina (about 60 miles). Enjoy a nice meal and social gathering. Next morning sail about 40 nautical miles South to enter the Clarence River at Yamba. Spend several leisurely days exploring the magnificent Clarence River to Grafton before commencing the return voyage to Mooloolaba.
Friday, July 20, 2018 – A Two Week Cruise One way to The Whitsundays
Departure time from Mooloolaba should be about 5am in order to commence our crossing of Wide Bay Bar at the start of the last hour of the flood tide around 2pm.
The voyage to The Whitsundays can be really magical. There are a myriad of wonderful anchorages and almost all of them can only be accessed by sea. Invest in the book called “100 Magic Miles” for an excellent guide to sailing around The Whitsundays. “Cruising the Coral Coast” is another excellent publication that is well worth investing in. The Whitsundays offer several very secure anchorages and the Marinas at both Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach are World Class facilities.
Friday, August 24, 2018 – A Two Week Cruise from The Whitsundays to Cairns
On the voyage to Cairns from The Whitsundays we will meet at Woodwark Bay at the northern end of the The Whitsundays. The trade winds at this time of the year are fairly steady at around 15 to 20 knots from the South East so this is a beautifully sheltered anchorage. We will then sail north and anchor overnight at Gloucester Passage, Cape Upstart and Cape Bowling Green (subject to weather conditions). The next leg takes us to Townsville and Magnetic Island. There are excellent marinas at both locations and Refuge Bay at Magnetic Island is a very popular anchorage for cruising sailors. Then on to the Palm Island group of islands. There are several good anchorages here. Next we practice our navigation skills to negotiate the shallow waterway entrance at Lucinda into Hinchinbrook Passage. Crocodiles are frequently sighted here! Hinchinbrook Passage is one of the most beautiful and calm waterways on the coast with many excellent and still places to anchor. Then on to Dunk Island where we can explore the island on foot enjoy the hospitality of the beach bar. The next anchorage is in Maroulyan Harbour. This place has an interesting history and is like a hole in the wall as you enter. As is the case with all mainland waterways this far north, crocodiles and other wildlife abound! A public floating pontoon for dinghies provides good access ashore for a walk around this sugar loading port. From here Cairns is just 2 easy cruising days away, staying at beautiful Fitzroy Island on the way. There are several excellent marinas in the area from Cairns to Port Douglas.
The low Isles are a great place to visit overnight for really good snorkelling. From Cairns you can invest in a dive trip on a cruise boat to the Great Barrier Reef or go there in your own yacht for some of the best snorkelling around!
A return trip in company with other yachts can easily be arranged.