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MARYBOROUGH, QUEENSLAND … 8TH MAY ’05

* MARYBOROUGH DOCKSIDE ... CENTRAL TO `IMMIGRANTS ENTERING QUEENSLAND' ... GOLD MINING, WOOL, TIMBER AND SUGAR ... *

To reach Maryborough, one must sail/motor 19 nmiles up the Mary River to a little old town which is working very hard to maintain an identity … and doing a great job.  The weather is still rat-shit, being cloudy, with wet intervals … and now (11/5/2005) has set in to a constant drizzle. 

The main industrial company in the city today is EDI Rail, formerly Walkers Limited, a heavy engineering business which has built much of the rolling stock and locomotives for Queensland Rail.

* MARYBOROUGH TOWN (QUEENSLAND) FROM THE FLOOD-PRONE MARY RIVER. *

I keep asking the locals “Where has Sunny Queensland gone?” and they shake their head and say they can’t remember the last time they experienced such a long period of wet weather … but they need the rain!  No argument.

I have decided to stay here a week (mooring fee $50.00 for one week) as I have until the 17th May to kill.  Originally my plan was to stay a couple of days in Maryborough, then sail to the north-west coast of Fraser Island, which is meant to be beautiful … and then sail across to Bundaberg.

* SORRY, DON'T KNOW THE HISTORY OF THE CANNONS ... LOOKS LIKE IT MAY HAVE BEEN `PIRATE' COUNTRY? *

Due to the weather, my plan now is to sail to Bundaberg, direct from Maryborough; about 50 miles north, by the 17th, anchor the boat in a marina and then take a high speed Tilt Train south to the Gold Coast.  My reason for heading back south is simply to attend the Biggest Boat Show in Australia at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast.  One must do it at least once!  To make it much more pleasant I have been invited by friends from Pittwater, Roger and Cath Manning, to stay with them in their Gold Coast apartment.  Perfect! 

* SANCTURY COVE, QUEENSLAND, BOAT SHOW! *

With the Show over, I will return to Tsunami and continue north.

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