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Fraser Island - Garrys Anchorage

30 June 2023
Stephen and Kristina Hall
The sail to Fraser Island was quite nice. The winds were light and the sea very calm - we both enjoyed the sail. Steve had checked the tides several times and we passed Wide Bay Bar without hassle and made it to Garrys Anchorage. In a documentary we had seen a few weeks ago, Fraser Island and its lakes were mentioned, so I was keen on getting to one of the little lakes. One was close to the anchorage but there was no path to its shore so we could only look upon it through the trees. It also appeared to have slowly silted up around the edges.
As we both love walking, we decided to do a 22 km round trip to another lake but nature had taken over the former path and we didn't want to take a risk. We did carry a big stick to be able to chase dingos away which had just reportedly bitten a French tourist on the arse but we didn't wear appropriate shoes to be protected from snakes through the long scrub.
In the end, it took us several attempts to get to one of the lakes, only to find out, that it had become a swamp.
The famous Lake McKenzie had become inaccessible due to conducted bushfires. Apart from that, the wind had turned to the northwest and the anchorage at Kingfisher Bay would not have given us any shelter. Therefore, we left Garrys Anchorage and Fraser after seven days to head north. Pancake Creek is the aimed next stop.
The weather forecast predicted quite favourable winds and almost no swell. Once more I was not impressed by the BOM's weather forecast: we had just arrived in Harvey Bay when I decided to do something against seasickness. Indeed, we had to motor for a bit and it was fairly rolly. But luckily the wind became more and more favourable as time passed and we were able to sail. The autopilot though decided to play some tricks. Sometimes it would hold the course, most of the time, it didn't. Consequently, we had to hand steer and I got a very short introduction to it at night time. I was challenged by finding a point on the horizon when it was cloudy or the scattered light from ashore distorted the night sky. But after a few watches I became more and more confident and enjoyed the sailing. A few falling stars added to a cheerful mood. Nevertheless, we were both glad when we made it through the shallows and set anchor in Pancake Creek.

photo: Leaving Harvey Bay
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Vessel Name: Torea
Vessel Make/Model: Bill Couldrey
Hailing Port: New Zealand
Crew: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Extra: Torea was launched in 1966 as an offshore racing yacht. She was designed by Bill Couldrey and built by Keith Atkinson in triple diagonal kauri. Torea competed and finished in the 1969 Sydney Hobart race.

Who: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Port: New Zealand