Galley Wench Tales

Exploring the world through the people we meet
and the food they eat.

Kingfisher Bay at dusk.  Fraser Island, Unesco World Heritage site.  Biggest sand island in the world.  Queensland, Australia.

Australia’s Fraser Island, Unesco World Heritage site (my 31st visited — Wayne’s got me beat by one), and the world’s largest sand island…  Here’s a few final images*

Mineral-rich water trickling to the beach.  Fraser Island, 75-mile beach, Queensland, Australia.

*Previous GWT Fraser Island posts, loaded with photos:
Fraser Island Tour and
Fraser Island Mangrove Misadventures

Tuna jumping, part of a huge school of them in Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia.  There were also tons of turtles surfacing around our boat.  They sounded like long-time chain smokers breathing when they came up for air — quite loud!  

Your turn…. This is fun!

  • How many Unesco World Heritage sites have you visited?  (note:  some are tricky – for example – New Caledonia’s sites are listed under “France” and Puerto Rico’s under the US)
  • Which are your favorites?  
  • Which are the top ones on your “bucket list”?  
  • What do you believe should be on the list, and is not (note:  here are some suggestions on the World Heritage website)?  
  • Which seem ridiculous?  I would vote to take Panama’s Portobello off the list.  Yes, there’s a fort there, but it’s pretty unimpressive as far as forts go.

Let me know! 

Cicada “moulting” found on our Fraser Island night tour.
We heard the cicadas odd serenade every night at dusk
on Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia.  Will eventually post
an audio of their song.  Meanwhile, here a similar-sounding
cicada song for you to listen to from Wikipedia.
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Fraser Island soldier crab digging in to hide.  Watch for upcoming videos of this
and hundreds of soldier crabs trooping across the beach.  Queensland, Australia.
Location Location
We visited Fraser Island (S25.22.852 E153.01820, near Kingfisher Lodge) recently, November 19-24, 2016.  We are currently in Australia’s Gold Coast, near Steiglitz (S27.145.299 E153.21.258) portion of Queensland.  

For scale – a soldier crab is below of Eve of Auntie’s foot.
Cruising By the Numbers
  • Our November 2016 sail from New Caledonia to Australia, 790 miles
  • Our September 2016 sail from Vanuatu to New Caledonia was 305 miles.
  • Our August 2016 sail from Fiji to Vanuatu was 525 miles.
  • We cruised just under 440 miles in Fiji, between late May and early August.  
  • Our May 2016 sail from New Zealand to Fiji was 1090 miles.
  • December 2015 – May 2016 if we weren’t cruising New Zealand or hunkering, we were making massive road trips from New Zealand’s tip to its tail.
  • From December 2014 – November 2015 we sailed from Northern Florida’s Atlantic side to New Zealand, over 10,000 miles, with more than a few stops in between.
  • December 2013 – May 2014 we sailed 1792  miles from Jacksonville Florida to the Bahamas and back.
  • March 2012 we bought Journey in St. Lucia.  September 2012 we moved aboard, did some boat work, then sailed her to Jacksonville Florida by June 2013, 3762 miles.
Dawn, Fraser Island, Queensland Australia.
Up Next
After Gold Coast, we’ll mosey on down to off to Pittwater, near Sydney  for boat work, ~400 miles. Weather may force us to stop along the way. 
Sunset, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia.