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SOUTHPORT-GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA; 9TH APRIL 2005

 As I was moving fast to get to Brisbane, I didn’t stay in Southport apart from having dinner with friends Bill and Barbara on `Bilbara’ (you’ll never guess how they hit on the name of the Cat) an 11 metre Lightwave Cat, moored in a marina 7 miles north of the entrance into Southport. 

* Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia ... High rises and `Southport Yacht Club', from `Broadwater', Southport. *

Next day was a puzzle getting through the mangrove channels into Moreton Bay.  Went aground once, but was able to reverse straight off.  This was an 11 hour day with the final 14 miles up the Brisbane River against a strong outgoing tide.  Bugger!  Arrived in the centre of Brisbane at sunset, literally and grabbed the only mooring buoy in sight … and it happened to be a Dept of Transport mooring.  Too bad, I was too tired to go anywhere else!

* What a great berth ... right in the middle of the Brisbane CBD ... Capital of Queensland, Australia *

Next morning I put Tsunami between two mooring pylons made available for visiting yachts at $16.00 per night, or $50.00 per week.  We found later some people moor at these pylons permanently!  They can be uncomfortable, as they are heavily affected by the incoming/outgoing tides and wash from public ferries operating along the river for commuting workers.

Met Arianne and Srdjan next day at Brisbane Domestic Airport … and our adventures began.

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