Riviera owners relax in the beauty of Fraser Island

Fraser Island, QLD: Glassy conditions and clear sunny skies made for a magical 140 nautical mile voyage from Brisbane to Fraser Island for a fleet of eight Rivieras ranging in size from 43 to 56 feet.

The inaugural R Marine Crawley Fraser Island Experience gave Riviera owners the chance to socialise and share experiences.  Enjoying an overnight stop at Mooloolaba, the lively crew enjoyed an entertaining meal at the Mooloolaba Surf Club.  The following day was met with more glorious conditions for the 60 nautical mile journey to Gary’s Anchorage for the next overnight stop over.

After a leisurely hike down an abandoned four-wheel-drive track, it was back on board for the next leg of the journey, a relaxing 10 knot cruise to Kingfisher Bay, some 20 nautical miles north of Gary’s Anchorage.  That afternoon was spent relaxing on board before the evening’s State of Origin match between Queensland and New South Wales, which was viewed on board Double Trouble.

The following day, the early risers untied their tenders and headed to shore for the Outlook Walk, which rewarded those who took up the challenge with 180 degree views of the Great Sandy Straits.  It was a relaxing day followed by lunch at Kingfisher Resort before increasing SSE winds forced the crew to abandon plans to venture to Lady Musgrave Island, the original trip destination, and instead anchor overnight in the sheltered Watoomba Creek.  Once at anchor, it wasn’t long before the tenders were out exploring the crystal clear waters and white sun bleached beach adorned with driftwood, shells and soldier crabs.  The following day it was anchors up and headed for Urangan where the crews enjoyed a long lunch at the Urangan Boat Club followed by an afternoon of relaxation and leisure before dinner and the GIVIT Kids Charity Auction, which raised more than $5000 for the local charity.  Another day was spent at the Urangan Marina until the weather cleared the following day allowing the crews to begin their journeys home.  The crews on board Double Trouble and Reality Cheque headed north for the Whitsundays to await R Marine Crawleys Circle Whitsundays experience, while the remaining crews headed home to Brisbane and the Gold Coast after a round trip of about 280 nautical miles.

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Click to enlarge image: R Marine Crawley Fraser Island Experience made140 nautical mile voyage from Brisbane to Fraser Island

R Marine Crawley Fraser Island Experience made140 nautical mile voyage from Brisbane to Fraser Island