Bundaberg - Australia

A smooth crossing of the Coral Sea for the first legs of our passage across to Australia enabled us to break the trip and make a couple of stopovers enroute. First was at Huon reef, just off the northern tip of New Caledonia and the next was Chesterfield Reef. In both places we were able to observe many varieties of nesting seabirds at extremely close quarters, and watch large turtles mating. The last two days sail on towards the Australian coast was a race where we tried to outrun an approaching front. The entrance to the Burnett River was a welcome sight, and after clearing in with the Australian authorities, we made our way further upriver to Bundaberg's midtown marina. There we did some restocking and attended to some maintenance, one task of which was washing down Fallado after the regular dustings of "Bundy snow"....a fine ash that blew in when the surrounding fields of sugarcane were set alight before harvesting.  


Coral Sea impressions                                    click picture to enlarge

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