It was a fast run down from Mooloolaba so we decided to sail as far into Moreton Bay as possible rather than stop in the northern part. We ended up at Peel Island which is popular with the locals and being the Saturday of a long week end and the end of the school holidays, it was certainly busy. We have not seen that many boats anchored in one place since Airlie Beach.
Moreton Bay was also busy with many pleasure craft and fishermen enjoying the fine weather. The Marine radio chatter was non stop. There were many whale sightings along our route, including some inside Moreton Bay. I guess the whales need a rest too.
Coming through the various often narrow channels connecting Moreton Bay to the Broadwater area in the Gold Coast we had to endure relentless jetskis. Being a holiday week end I am sure you can imagine what that was like.
We have hitched up at a different marina this time, one a bit more off the beaten track. It is an interesting place with more than 50% of boats being houseboats. People are using these to permanently live aboard, many with potted gardens. Some houseboats are very large, possibly the size of a small house. It is a real sense of community and I note that no one locks up their boats when they leave. (It is a gated community) It has a sense of being in a rural area again. People coming up to introduce themselves, saying good morning, all very courteous. It is quite a surprise after the free for all of the last 2 days.
Looking at the forecasted weather situation we should be leaving for NSW on Thursday.
Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island
Hope Island Marina, Gold Coast