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Sightseeing Brisbane Australia

The boat was left in Rosslyn Bay and I returned to Brisbane with the boat owners for a few days of city life.

There was now no need to immediately wash the knives, forks and dishes as they went in the dishwater, no need to put the hot kettle in the sink, no need to hold onto your mug of tea with both hands, things had changed. Five months living on a boat changes the things you do.

Bye bye Pacific Dream –


With three days to kill before my impending departure to (hopefully) the Solomons, I set off to explore Brisbane. I was here about 22 years ago but barely drove through the place, its risen from an almost outback town to a cosmopolitan city.

Large apartment complexes line the twisting river and skyscrapers rise up in the city center.




For a great view over the city you must go to Mt Coot-ha, car hill climbs are performed on the tight twisty road leading up to the top.


The city of Brisbane is quite compact, with everything being built around the rivers edge and the river bending back on itself more than once its all close by. Even amongst the modern office blocks and luxury apartments you can still stumble across the historic buildings nestled in their shadows –





There is more than one ferry service on the river and most points of interest can be easily reached within a short walk at the end. If you spend two or three days sightseeing around Brisbane you will definately find yourself using the river boat services, walking over two or three bridges, pounding the streets and pedestrianised shopping areas and walking along the south bank area, its easy to get around.

The south bank area is the heart of the arts and entertainment center, also filled with great green park areas its popular at the weekend for the locals to sit out and enjoy the weather, theres also a man made beach area.



The Beer Garden, popular with backpackers !!



Brisbane by night –


Whitsunday Islands – Australia

Last part of the trip was a quick tour around the Whitsunday Islands with the Multihull Solutions Rendezvous rally. The rally takes like minded multihull owners around some of the most famous parts of the Whitsunday islands like Whitehaven beach, Stonehaven, Hammilton Island, etc. We gathered at Airlie Beach in Abel point marina on monday evening for the welcome drink and rally briefing.

Whilst in the marina spotted this little boat tied up at the fuel dock. Another one of Rupert Murdochs yachts, made completely of carbon fibre and at a cost of 30 million dollars it sure looked the part – Sarissa

Sarissa yacht

Sarissa yacht

Sarissa yacht

We left the next day around 10 o’clock heading for Whitehaven beach –

Airlie beach

Whitsunday islands

Day one saw us visit Whitehaven beach, a glorious beach 7 km long of beatiful white sand and clear seas. We gathered for a few nimbles and drinks on the beach before sunset before returning to the boats that evening.

Whitehaven beach

Whitehaven beach

Whitehaven beach

Its not only visiting yachts that arrive at Whitehaven Beach, sea planes, helicopters, probably submarines somewhere……

Sea plane having dropped some beach lovers off –

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Next stop was at Hamilton Island, once an exclusive resort it now caters for most budgets and people can day hop using fast ferries from Airlie Beach. The evenings entertainment included a Spanish festival theme with live music, buffet and free flowing beer and wine………



We left ‘Hammo’ and went onto a couple more stops including Cid Harbour and Stonehaven before the final nights function at Cape Gloucester. Held at the Eco Resort they fed us a great meal, played some live music and awards for the week were given out to rally participants.

The 2015 Multihull Solution Rendezvous sailing rally had come to an end and a good time was had by all !! Some rally participants were staying on longer around the Whitsundays but most were going to start to head back down south towards Brisbane, Sydney and as far as Tasmania.

You could easily spend weeks sailing around the Whitsundays and many people do, so many places to explore people come back time and time again.