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Back in Bundaberg

06 May 2019 | Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
Helen
Watched some old episodes of Medium that we watched years ago. Didn't get to sleep until after 11 pm. Slept well. Our room was very nice and very modern. Woke up just around 7 but stayed in bed a bit longer. Had a yogurt and protein shake for breakfast. Mark had cereal. We showered and got dressed. Packed up our bags and loaded them in the car. I went by the reception area and retrieved our ice cube tray from their freezer. Then packed up the fridge items and carried the rest of our bags to the car. Then checked out. It was around 9:30 when we headed out of Yeppoon. We stopped at one of the beach access spots in the next ocean bay called Shoal Bay. Enjoyed a lovely walk on Mulambin Beach. I could have used my sweater as the breeze was cool. It was closer to high tide than we saw yesterday. Spoke with a lady on the beach. She said the water could rise all the way up to the sand dunes. She also told me which islands the ferry went to. Apparently it can get cold here in the winter. She had stuck her feet in the water and said that the water was very cold. She loved this area of Australia. Made a couple phone calls. Then back thru the sandy trail with sunflower like tall plants in bloom, to our parked car. Continued our drive south to Bundaberg. We stopped once for fuel at one of the tiny towns that had a gas station. Then continued until we got to Bororen. Stopped for lunch at the Bororen Hotel cafe and it took quite a while to order food as a group of four ahead of us took a long time ordering. Mark had a fancy BLT and I had a burger. They did not serve coffee, so we walked up the street to another cafe called, Big Giraffe Cafe, and got some. They had a lot of sculptures around the restaurant and in the back. Should have eaten lunch there instead. We crossed the road as Mark parked in the large parking area there. Then continued our drive south. We passed a lot of green areas. Lots of big farms with cattle and horses. At one point there were mountains on either side of us. The Bruce Hwy area was very flat. Our high temperature was around 25C. Then we got closer to Bundaberg and the sugar cane plantations were visible. We also saw some fruit trees which were not familiar to me. Together with the trees was a huge plant packaging macadamia nuts. So, that was what the trees were. We finally got to Bundaberg and checked into the Matilda Motel. It seems like we are the only guests in this motel. The town looked so empty, but maybe that was due to the holiday and the locals are away. We got in touch with Rob & Lauren and they found a restaurant that was open on this Labour Day Holiday. We met at 5 pm and drove over to see their fabulous converted bus. What an amazing motor home for them to travel around Australia. We had dinner at the Diamond Garden Chinese restaurant. Food was very good. We almost had the place to ourselves which was wonderful. It was a great opportunity for catching up. Drove back to the motel before 8pm and said good-bye to Rob & Lauren. Thanks for getting together with us. Thanks also for all the emails and messages. Our plan is to get to bed early, for a change, as we will be up and out of our room by 6 am. We will drive out to the Bundaberg Marina and take the Lady Musgrave Island Tour boat out to the Great Barrier Reef. The weather is supposed to be superb. We are so looking forward to a spending a full day at the island, checking out the beach and snorkeling too.

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Vessel Name: Charabia
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot / Athena
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, FL
Crew: Mark &Helen
About:
We are both computer folks that were live aboard cruisers back in the 90s. We settled in Jacksonville Florida after escaping the great white north and cruising the Bahamas, T&C, DR and points south down to Trinidad. [...]
Extra: Charabia is a French slang word for nonsense or gibberish. It derives from Arabic "sharab" which means alcohol.When you drink (too much) alcohol, you start talking Charabia. The original owners named her and Mark liked the name so it stuck.
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Nov 2017 trip south from Jacksonville
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Upgrades and maintenance to Charabia
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Get the boat ready to cruise.
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