Well, it’s passage time leaving New Caledonia in the next week to move on to Australia. With a plethora of fun options, spending a few months in Noumea on Whisper is appealing. However, we are selling the boat and wrapping up this cruising adventur. Onward ho, to Bundaberg, Australia and start the next phase.
With the abbreviated time, exploring the capital city of Noumea while getting Whisper ready for sale became our focus. After washing, polishing, and waxing, Whisper looks new again.
Noumea abounds with great walking, shopping, restaurants, cafes, movie theater, and festivals. Museums including the nice new aquarium, the architecturally stunning cultural center are high quality. Excellent beaches and great opportunities for windsurfing and kitesurfing made for nice photo ops.
In preparation for to Australia, a new Volvo muffler arrived replacing the existing muffler spotted with pinhole corrosion on the stainless end caps. New shower pumps, oil and fuel filters for the engine and generator completed boat preparations. With that, the weather watch begins
Passage to Bundaberg usually takes six days. We are signed up for the Port-2-Port Rally to Bundaberg, but may arrive in Bundaberg a bit before everyone else. We will hang around Bundaberg for the rally festivities, then move on down the coast toward Brisbane. When we arrive in Scarborough Marina near Brisbane, Whisper will get another spa treatment to keep her looking great prior to the sale. If all goes according to plan, we will be in Scarborough Marina around mid-November. Well, that’s enough for today; I’m off to get my hands dirty.