By nightfall the wind swings from north westerly to a cold 20 knot south easterly, bringing with it rain, sometimes heavy. We push through the sharp chop in the shallow water approaches to Mackay from the north, finally getting into the marina just after midnight.
Next morning, we clear back into Australia through immigration and customs, and take on fuel.
Then out through the entrance and head north for the Whitsundays.
Hardly any wind at all, calm all the way.
Overcast conditions, the light fades quickly and we work through passing showers.
Too dark to locate the mooring, we anchor overnight in Funnel Bay … and home!
Brian delivers us by dinghy to our doorstep – literally – and disappears into the rain to Drumbeat and Linda.