The Fuel Discount is Back ! 6 cents a Litre Off the regular price.
For the second time this year our amazing fuel discount is back. For our Newsletter subscribers only, you can get a discount of 6 cents per litre off the standard fuel price for all of December. No other discounts apply. That's from 1st to 31st inclusive - but only for subscribers. If you would like a friend to take advantage of this, they can complete a newsletter subscription here. Given we have the best fuel prices on the water already this is a great deal! Raby Bay Marina has Premium Unleaded, Unleaded and Diesel with high and low flo pumps on two floating fingers adjacent the marina office. If you haven't been here before, here's a chart. We are at the southern end of the Endeavour Canal near the boardwalk and restaurants.
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More Apps for Phone and Tablet
As part of our search for the latest apps for phone we have a couple more for you. Available for Iphone only is a new app that overlays the Moreton Bay Marine Park green zones on existing mapping. Marine Zones SE QLD is a handy tool. It is not yet available for Android but will be soon. In the meantime all users can access a green zone map as an alternative. The zoning maps are divided into regions and can be found here.
If you would like to use your phone or tablet as a sextant and locate your position in a modern version of the old fashioned way, try "Sextant", "Nautical Astronavigation"or "Starstruck Navigation". As an alternative to modern AIS systems have a look at "Marine Traffic Ships Positions" or the free "FindShip 2.0", all of these available for Ithings or Android devices. Notices to Mariners - Brisbane Region
In the old days Notice to Mariners, advising of important changes to our waterways and navigation aids was published in the Government Gazette, then was available on email. That too is now a thing of the past. If you wish the latest Notices to Mariners these can only be found online on the Marine Safety Queensland website or on the private Notice to Mariners site overlaid on Google Earth charts.
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Christmas Holidays - Alternate anchorages
We have been asked by a number of people for some "quiet alternative anchorages" for over the Christmas holiday period when the popular anchorages of Horseshoe Bay and Tangalooma will be packed with holiday traffic.
Here are some alternatives. References here are for anchorages as numbered by the Beacon to Beacon guides and coincide with the aerial photos of the same number in the back of the guide. Instead of Tangalooma, which will be packed behind the wrecks, try Lucinda Bay (also called South Tangalooma) a mile to the south, its always quieter and often has less roll, or anywhere along the beachfront north of Tangalooma in the bay between Cowan and the Bulwer Wrecks.
The big Sandhills are a great place too, locally called Kounangai (84) but the Blue Hole a little further south is often much quieter but needs some tide to get in for deep draft vessels. (85)
One of the best anchorages in the Bay, with crystal clear water and a diversity of sea life, is Days Gutter at the southern tip of Moreton. Access can be difficult and tide dependant, but worth it. (86) Watch for dugongs.
Horsehoe Bay (105) may have clear water and white sandy beaches but it will be packed. For less traffic not far away have a look at One Mile and Myora (102) north of Dunwich, or Deambilla Bay just to the south. (108). Small boats can access the Wallum Pool at high tide for a very secure night north towards Amity (97) and good holding and peace and quiet can be found at Amity itself, with a netted swimming enclosure on the beach, a park with BBQs and only a short walk to shops and some casual dining. There can be a lot of tide run here so anchor securely.
Further down to the south is Blakesleys (113), with National Park camping and a sandy beach also the little visited Prices Anchorage (117). Crabbing can be good around this area. Perulpa Bay (116) on the easternside of Macleay Island is also little visited and has good protection and plenty of depth. In a South easterly the anchorage (115) on the NW tip of Macleay island offers good shelter, has a nice beach for swimming plus a boatramp and shop nearby.
Canaipa Point (123) is very sheltered and has a large sandhill to amuse the kids.
Across the bay, a little known anchorage lies against the western shore of Green Island, just a few miles from Manly Boat Harbour. (98)
At the northern end of the bay the Bribie Passage offers a few alternatives with the best off the Welsby Lock entrance a mile or so north of anchorage (74) which can be rolly on the flood tide. If you can fit under the bridge (5.0m clearance high water) then its a nice trip up the passage to either the Stockyards (72) or Mission Point (71).
In a south easterley, anchorage 76 off the NW side of Scarborough is tenable and only a short dinghy trip to the boat harbour and some great food at Morgans Seafood or the Boat Club. Have fun out there!.
We are only closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. We are open all other days, from Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
A triathlon is being held in the Raby Bay Harbour on 7th December 2014. Access will be restricted by the authorities for all boat traffic between 6.00 am and 9.30 am due to the number of swimmers in the water. You will need to plan any movements around those times. St Helena Island Tours
Looking for something to entertain the kids thats just a bit different? The Queensland National Park Service offers tours of the wonderful St Helena Island penal settlement ruins by prior arrangement. The 90 minute tour costs $7.10 for adults and $3.25 for children. Tours can be arranged Saturdays and Sundays but must be prearranged by calling Ph 33934647 business hours.
Fishing Report - December
Spring is nearly over and thats means its transition time in the Fishing world. Mackeral have been in good numbers in Hervey Bay that means they will be here soon followed by longtail tuna. In the bay summer whiting have started in the Rous Channel and Sandhills areas and small snapper are still being caught on the artificial reefs. Summer will see Mangrove Jacks in the esturaries and canals and more and better crabs. Just ask the guys in the office for the latest.
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Today's Fuel Prices
(Before discount - 1st December 2014)
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