SVs Saraoni and Sundari

23 May 2020 | Scarborough Marina, Redcliffe, Queensland
10 May 2020 | Scarborough marina, Redcliffe, Brsbane, Queensland
07 April 2020 | Westin Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland
28 March 2020 | Paihia, Bay of Islands, NZ
24 March 2020 | Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
06 March 2020 | Waitangi, Bay of Islands, NZ
25 January 2020 | Scarborough marina, Redcliffe Peninsula, Queensland
16 January 2020 | Christchurch
22 December 2019 | Christchurch, New Zealand
16 December 2019 | Christchurch, Canterbury, NZ
28 November 2019 | Christchurch, SI, New Zealand
19 November 2019 | Picton, Marlborough, NZ
04 November 2019 | Collingwood, Tasman, South Island, NZ
04 November 2019 | Collingwood, Tasman, South Island, NZ
29 October 2019 | Nelson, South Island, NZ
22 October 2019 | Christchurch, Te Waka o Māui, New Zealand
15 October 2019 | Scarborough, Queensland
05 October 2019 | Scarborough marina, near Brisbane, Australia
16 August 2019 | Southport Spit, Gold Coast, Australia
06 August 2019 | South Stradbroke Island, Gold Coast, Queensland

Homes Sweet Homes

25 January 2020 | Scarborough marina, Redcliffe Peninsula, Queensland
Alison and Geoff Williams | Hot and humid
Saraoni obviously likes a nice, safe marina berth!

We are back in Scarborough marina, near Brisbane, on Sundari. Australia has always been a land of extremes, getting worse, of course, because of CC, but it always surprises us when the weather suddenly changes so quickly. We landed at Gold Coast Airport in typical hot, humid summer weather and drove back to Scarborough just before a 300 mm deluge that flooded Gold Coast and Brisbane streets - more in one day than we saw in NZ in three months, (probably because we avoided the South Island west coast!)

Fires are still raging down south, but here in SE Queensland, the drought is definitely broken, although farmland and the bush out west beyond the coast is still only just recovering from being bone dry. Hopefully, with the Indian dipole returning to neutral territory and the arrival of the northern monsoon, a tad late, bringing more moisture into the continent, the worst of the bush fires are over for this summer.

Saraoni is unsold at present, but looking good. Obviously it likes sitting doing nothing in a secure marina berth! Everything was as we left it a few months ago but there has been some marine growth on the unpainted propellor which will need cleaning off before we shift the boat anywhere. Every time we drop the price a bit, we get a flurry of interest, mostly fender kickers.

We drove 200 km west to Bunya Mountains, through parched farmland and patches of gum forest. We got overtaken by huge thunderstorms and had to stop and pull over because of the ferocity of the rain. The Bunyas is a lovely area, 1,000 metres up. with one of the last patches of bunya and hoop pine rainforest left in Australia. Unlike the rainforest on the Border Ranges further south it was saved from the 2019 spring bush fires that swept through rainforest last year.

Bunya pines are weird looking Araucarias, in the same family as Chilean monkey puzzle trees, Caledonian araucarias like the Caledonian pines and kauris. The last time we were up this way was 2007, after teaching in and around Bundaberg. It was reassuring to see and hear so many birds around and watch the campsite filled with wallabies as the daylight faded.

We won't be finally leaving Scarborough with Sundari until April and have to fit another trip to NZ into the time between now and then, but we may still look for weather to do some diving across at Moreton Island or sail up north to Lady Musgrave at the bottom end of the Barrier Reef or into the Sandy Strait.



Sundari, looking good too!



Bunya pine



Strangler fig



Red necked wallaby - note the green grass on the campsite - tasty tucker for dozens of wallabies as daylight fades.



Personal stories bring the recent bush fire drama to life. We first heard Harry (pictured) on the HF radio net in the Med. when he was on his boat, Malua. We caught up with him twice recently in Noumea, still on Malua. He was on his boat on his berth in Bermagui, Southern NSW, when one of the big, recent, bush fires came close to the town. He had a heart attack, he thinks, because of smoke inhalation, but survived because of drugs on board. He then drove all the way up to Canberra before the highway was cut off, where he has a second house, and was admitted to hospital. He is pictured here at home in thick bushfire smoke in Canberra after being released. Harry's home in Bermagui and boat are O.K.

Comments
Vessel Name: Saraoni
Vessel Make/Model: South Coast 36
Hailing Port: Tutukaka, New Zealand
Crew: Alison and Geoff Williams
About:
Saraoni is named after an island in Milne Bay which guards and protects one of our favourite anchorages - Kana Kopi Bay - frequently occupied by us while we were teaching in Alotau, PNG. We have lived, cruised and worked for the last 30 years on three very different boats. [...]
Extra: CONTACT DETAILS Telephone / SMS number +64 28 432 5941 NZ mobile no.) +61 477 285 361 (Australian mobile no.) Email saraoni@gmail.com (main email address)
Saraoni's Photos - Main
A collection of photos taken during the Tiki Tour of the Southern half of the South Island, November / December 2019
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Created 15 December 2019
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Created 2 April 2019
Photos taken of Saraoni. All interior photos were taken in the last week.
10 Photos
Created 2 April 2019
The ABCs - Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are mostly low lying dry, scrubby islands in the Western Caribbean near the Venezuelan coastline
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Created 21 May 2014
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Created 20 March 2014
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Created 9 March 2014
Images taken in and around Suriname's capital
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Created 9 February 2014
River Images
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Created 28 January 2014
Images of the 2 islands in the Cape Verde island group we visited on our way across the Atlantic in 2013 - Sao Vicente and Santo Antaao.
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Created 26 December 2013
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Created 16 December 2013
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Created 16 December 2013
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Created 23 August 2013
What we saw in the USA
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Created 21 August 2013
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Created 19 August 2013
Unexpected meeting with old friends "in the woods".
6 Photos
Created 24 June 2013
A brother found amongst the gorges of the Cevennes
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Created 10 June 2013
Photographic images of our long walk along the Appalachian mountains in the USA
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Created 10 June 2013
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Created 19 December 2012
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Created 25 November 2012
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Created 16 November 2012
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Created 15 November 2012
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Created 20 October 2012
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Created 4 June 2012
Greece is in the throes of a recession, but they still have the last laugh - never far from the sun, the sea, colour, culture and bags of history. The photos document our Aegean odyssey from May to September 2011
31 Photos
Created 17 December 2011
O.K. We're mad, but we somehow prefer a home on the sea to one on dry land.
12 Photos
Created 17 December 2011
Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur - the three ancient city states of the Kathmandu valley have mediaeval architectural wonders in their Durbars and old town areas - a meshing and merging of Hinduism, Buddhism and materialism
9 Photos
Created 17 December 2011
Some of the shots taken of us while on one of our 30 odd days on the three main mountain trails we walked in the Anapurnas and Helambu region of Nepal's side of the Himalayas
10 Photos
Created 15 December 2011
People make the Himalayas a unique place to walk through. From Hindu rice and buffalo farmers in the foothills to the Buddhist villages in the highlands so influenced by Tibetan ancestry and trade over the passes
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Created 15 December 2011
Nepal has ten of the world's highest mountains within its boundaries or shared with India and Tibet - these are truly giant peaks!
22 Photos
Created 15 December 2011
These were all photographed in the wilds of Chitwan and Bardia National Parks - which are two of the last havens of biodiversity in Nepal's low lying Terai district.
18 Photos
Created 14 December 2011
Saraoni hauled out on Finike's hardstand for biennial maintenance and painting
3 Photos
Created 26 April 2011
8 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 6 March 2011
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Created 6 March 2011
Ruined city
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Created 10 January 2011
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Created 10 January 2011
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Created 10 January 2011
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Created 30 December 2010
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Created 28 December 2010
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Created 11 December 2010
The small rocky island of Kastellorizou is Greece's most remote island
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Created 11 December 2010
Cruising and walking Turkey's Lycian coast September and October 2010
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Created 11 December 2010
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Created 6 December 2010
Images taken while walking sections of the 500 km Lycian Way or Lykia Yolu on the South West Mediterranean Coast of Turkey
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Created 9 November 2010

Post Circumnavigation

Who: Alison and Geoff Williams
Port: Tutukaka, New Zealand