A Quiet Night
Drinking water and showers available from the block in the cat park by the slip for a gold coin donation. Water also in the middle of the car park,hard to see, just 2 poles coming out of the ground. Need a hose attachment to make it stream into your jerry can instead of spraying everywhere! Also avvailable by hose on the wharf.
Cafe and small shop, almost nothing fresh , 10minutes walk up the road on the left.
Anchoring- close by the slip, but you have soame noise and a few of the rather ugly sugar terminal,. On the pilings in the river. Where we anchored was at the end of that, which was qiet and had a lovely view, but was a bit further to dinghy in,there were a few midges. At neap tides you can anchor where Sam was, at the far side of the river, close to the bank, going coming over the sand bar at high tide, far away from everyone else. He draws 2 meters, this might be too shallow at spring tides. There were more midges that close to the bank.
'The Port of Mourilyan exports raw sugar and molasses and is still a working harbour with large ships going in and out, there are buoys clearly marking the swing basin, so do not moor there.
Mourilyan Harbour has a rather tricky entrance , it's very narrow with steep cliffs and rocks either side, and we had the wind behind us and the tide against us, but Dave did brilliant job getting us in. We decided that this wasn’t the time to try tying up on the piles with the tide and wind, as we had never done that before, so we found a space to anchor. After we had tidied up a bit, we went to Blue Horizon for the promised stir fry, which was delicious with large pieces of very fresh mackerel caught the day before.
We had a great meal and left early because it had been a busy day.
The wind dropped in the night and it was the quietest night we have ever had on board, not even a slap of wavelets against the hull. We woke up this morning to complete stillness, glass like river surrounded by tall hills with green trees. These hills make for a very sheltered harbour from winds in any direction.
Talking to another yachtie this morning we learned there was a 4 metre croc living just about where we have dropped anchor! There was some banging on our hull during the night, was that him swimming around? Jamie, the yachtie, also told us that someone had been shouting for help in the night, so he took his dinghy over to find that a man, slightly the worse for drink, had fallen in the river last night trying to get into his boat, then couldn't get back either into his dinghy, or his duck board [ a flat bit at the stern of the boat low to the water] and his wife had called for help. Luckily he was pulled on board before he made a tasty treat for the croc.
Strong winds of 30 knots are forecast for today, and maybe tomorrow, so we stay tucked in here until they abate, then go up to Fitzroy Island for a few days.