This is a summary of key events as a permanent cruiser on Poseidon, including a description of our travels from one place to another. 

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2020

20 January 2020

Poseidon ready for cruising.

25 March 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all non-essential domestic travel has been banned in Australia.

30 March 2020

Staying in a berth in Brooklyn, NSW. There could be worse places to be stuck and hopefully we’ll be able to start our voyage up the east coast of Australia soon(ish).

07 April 2020

Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re currently staying at Fenwick’s Marina.

The quote ‘life is a journey, not a destination’ has become even more prominent in my mind. We still have lots we can do and are never bored (although somewhat unsettled at this time), but these times will pass and we’ll be moving on. In the meantime, we’re completing many projects and supporting local businesses buying coffees and take-away meals.

28 June 2020

Left Brooklyn NSW and motored to Lake Macquarie – see blog Brooklyn to Lake Macquarie – for details and photos.  

Estimated distance: 40.1 nautical miles from first to last waypoint

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2365
  • Starboard engine: 2334

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2372
  • Starboard engine: 2341

9 July 2020

Left Lake Macquarie NSW and motored to Newcastle – see blog Lake Macquarie to Newcastle – for details and photos.  

Estimated distance: 16.4 nautical miles from first to last waypoint

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2377
  • Starboard engine: 2346

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2382
  • Starboard engine: 2350

10 July 2020

Left Newcastle NSW and motored to Port Stephens – see blog Newcastle to Port Stephens – for details and photos.

Estimated distance: 36 nautical miles from first to last waypoint

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2382
  • Starboard engine: 2350

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2387
  • Starboard engine: 2356

2 August 2020

Left Port Stephens and motored to Boat Beach (Seal Rocks) – see blog Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour – for details and photos.

Estimated distance: 40 nautical miles

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2388
  • Starboard engine: 2357

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2393
  • Starboard engine: 2362

3 August 2020

Left Boat Beach (Seal Rocks) and motored to Crowdy Head – see blog Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour – for details and photos.

Estimated distance: 40 nautical miles

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2393
  • Starboard engine: 2362

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2399
  • Starboard engine: 2368

4 August 2020

Left Boat Beach Crowdy Head and motored to Trial Bay – see blog Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour – for details and photos.

Estimated distance: 66 nautical miles

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2399
  • Starboard engine: 2368

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2408.6
  • Starboard engine: 2377

5 August 2020

Left Trial Bay and motored to Coffs Harbour – see blog Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour – for details and photos.

Estimated distance: 37 nautical miles

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2408.6
  • Starboard engine: 2377

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2414
  • Starboard engine: 2382.5

20 November 2020

Left Coffs Harbour and motored to Iluka – see blog Coffs Harbour to Iluka – for details and photos.

Estimated distance: 59 nautical miles

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2416
  • Starboard engine: 2385

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2424
  • Starboard engine: 2393

Note: Engine hours for Clarence River cruise – see blog River Ramblings for details and photos – were not recorded.

10-11 Dec 2020

10 December left Iluka Bay and motored to Wave Break Island. Estimated distance: 97 nautical miles

11 December left Wave Break Island and motored to Hope Harbour Marina. Estimated distance: 6 nautical miles

See blog – Iluka/Yamba to Queensland (Hope Harbour) – for details and photos.

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2435
  • Starboard engine: 2404

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2449
  • Starboard engine: 2418

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2021

4-5 Jan 2021

4 January left Hope Harbour Marina and motored to Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island. Estimated distance: 30 nautical miles

5 January left Horseshoe Bay and motored to Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club Marina, Manly. Estimated distance: 12 nautical miles

See blog – Isn’t it ironic…don’t you think? – for details and photos.

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2450
  • Starboard engine: 2419

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2455
  • Starboard engine: 2424

4-7  Feb 2021

Left Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club Marina (MBTBC) at Manly. Spent a few days in Moreton Bay and then motored to Mooloolaba. See blog – Manly to Mooloolaba – for details and photos.

Estimated distance from Sandhills to Mooloolaba:  46 nautical miles

Engine hours at start (leaving MBTBC):

  • Port engine: 2456
  • Starboard engine: 2425

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2468
  • Starboard engine: 2437

28 Feb-2 Mar 2021

Left Mooloolaba Marina for a 2-night transit to Hervey Bay. See blog – Two bars in two days, and not a drop to drink – for details and photos.

  • Estimated distance from Mooloolaba to Double Island Point: 50 nautical miles
  • Estimated distance from Double Island Point to Garry’s Anchorage: 27 nautical miles
  • Estimated distance from Garry’s Anchorage to Urangan:  35 nautical miles

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2468
  • Starboard engine: 2437

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2485
  • Starboard engine: 2452

29 Apr -30 Apr 2021

Left Fisherman’s Wharf Marina at Hervey Bay for one night at Rooney Point and then into Bundaberg Port Marina. See blog – Hervey Bay to Bundaberg, via Rooney Point – for details and photos.

  • Estimated distance from Fisherman’s Wharf to Rooney Point: 30 nautical miles
  • Estimated distance from Rooney Point to Bundaberg Port Marina: 44 nautical miles

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2491
  • Starboard engine: 2458

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2503
  • Starboard engine: 2470

5 May – 8 May 2021

Left Bundaberg Marina for 3 nights at Pancake Creek and then into Gladstone. See blog – Bundaberg to Gladstone, via Pancake Creek – for details and photos.

  • Estimated distance from Bundaberg to Pancake Creek: 64 nautical miles
  • Estimated distance from Pancake Creek to Gladstone: 22 nautical miles

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2503
  • Starboard engine: 2470

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2519
  • Starboard engine: 2487

14 May – 15 May 2021

Left Gladstone Marina for 1 night at Hummocky Island and then into Keppel Bay Marina. See blog – We’ve reached the tropics – for details and photos.

  • Estimated distance from Gladstone to Hummocky Island: 64 nautical miles
  • Estimated distance from Hummocky Island to Keppel Bay Marina: 22 nautical miles

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2519
  • Starboard engine: 2487

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2528
  • Starboard engine: 2495

26 May – 4 June 2021

Left Keppel Bay Marina for an epic, 9 nights on anchor, cruise to Mackay. See these blogs for details and photos: Keppel Bay to Mackay – Part 1 and Keppel Bay to Mackay – Part 2

  • Estimated distance from Keppel Bay Marina to Mackay via Port Clinton, Island Head Creek, Hexam Island, Middle Percy Island and Curlew Island: 193 nautical miles

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2528
  • Starboard engine: 2495

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2556
  • Starboard engine: 2524

10 – 16 June 2021

Left Mackay to island hop around the Whitsundays before arriving at Coral Sea Marina in Airlie Beach. See blog – Too many islands, too little time! – for details and photos.

  • Estimated distance from Mackay to Airlie Beach via a number of islands: 106 nautical miles

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2557
  • Starboard engine: 2525

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2574
  • Starboard engine: 2542

 23 – 28 June 2021

Left Airlie Beach to cruise to Townsville, via a number of overnight anchorages. See blog – Pinch me – we’re in Townsville – for details and photos.

  • Estimated distance from Airlie Beach to Townsville via a number of anchorages: 145 nautical miles

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2574
  • Starboard engine: 2542

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2596
  • Starboard engine: 2564

28 Jun – 4 Jan 2022

Stayed in Townsville during this time, but with cruises to Magnetic Island and a short cruise north to Dunk Island. See blog –  Should you serve bolognaise with rice? – for details and photos of our cruise north.

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2022

 4 Jan – 16 Jan

We cruised south from Townsville to Airlie Beach with a short detour via Bowen. See blog – Townsville to Airlie Beach (or, how slow can we go!) – for details and photos. 

We then spent two months in Airlie Beach so we could explore the Whitsundays. See blog – Whitsundays Pictorial – for photos.

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2654
  • Starboard engine: 2617

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2693
  • Starboard engine: 2660

 12 Mar – 17 Mar

We cruised south from Airlie Beach to Mackay. See blog – Sometimes I don’t like the journey… – for details and photos. 

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2693
  • Starboard engine: 2660

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2704
  • Starboard engine: 2671

 23 Mar – 2 Apr

We cruised south from Mackay to Keppel Bay Marina. See blog – Mackay to Keppel Bay (over 10 days) – for details and photos. 

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2705
  • Starboard engine: 2672

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2731
  • Starboard engine: 2698

 13 Apr – 18 Apr

We cruised south from Keppel Bay to Gladstone. See blog – Cruising The Narrows (Keppel Bay to Gladstone) – for details and photos. 

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2732
  • Starboard engine: 2699

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2740
  • Starboard engine: 2707

 1 May – 30 Jun

We cruised south from Gladstone to Hervey Bay and spending time at Urangan and local waterways.  See blog – Gladstone to Hervey Bay (and it’s getting colder) – for details and photos.

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2741
  • Starboard engine: 2708

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2761
  • Starboard engine: 2728

 30 Jun – 7 July

We cruised south from Hervey Bay to Scarborough, crossing Wide Bay Bar and travelling at night. See blog – This blog is brought to you by the letter T (Hervey Bay to Scarborough) – for details and photos.

Engine hours at start:

  • Port engine: 2768
  • Starboard engine: 2732

Engine hours at end:

  • Port engine: 2790
  • Starboard engine: 2756

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