What’s the end goal?
Retirement and being physically and mentally capable of enjoying it is the upcoming phase of my life on the horizon. As we all do, I want to retire financially independent and comfortable. Independent of the government and the associated B.S that comes with taking the pension. You hand your life over to them in exchange for money that provides a basic standard of living. Rules and regulation. Can do’s and can’t do’s. No thank you.
So hence the title of this post. I need to squirrel away more assets to provide an ongoing income when I retire. I start a new job next week and plan to really push on the accelerator.
The position is Sales Coordinator with a large Australian company. I’m really looking forward to sinking my teeth into something new and exciting.
“Whatcha doin?” I asked.
“Waiting for the train. I don’t know when it’s coming but I’ve been waiting a long time.” He replied.
“Where are you going?” I said.
“I’ve been working. I’m trying to get home.”
He was sitting in his recliner chair at home. The mirrors and glass doors have been covered up to hide the reflection of an old man he does not recognise and who frightens him. He slips through time periods of his life. Today he is much younger and still working.
1770 Captain James Cook named Cape Moreton, also naming the body of water north of Stradbroke Island Glass House Bay after naming the Glasshouse Mountains on the adjacent mainland.
1799 Flinders discovered that the land south of Cape Moreton was in fact an island and named it Moreton Island and Glass House Bay became Moreton Bay.
1848 Amity Point pilot station moved to Bulwer on Moreton Island. The township of Bulwer was named after Edward Bulwer Lytton, a novelist, playwright, British MP and Colonial Secretary at the time. Pilots at Bulwer guided ships into the channel.
1857 The iconic red and white banded Cape Moreton Lighthouse is lit on the Northern point of Moreton Island . The first and oldest standing lighthouse built in Queensland is constructed of sandstone quarried on the island and stands about 23 metres tall.
1865 Goats and pigs were left on the island by the navy as food for shipwrecked sailors. Goats were also kept at the headland as a source of food for the lighthouse keepers.
1951 Whale Industries Ltd secured a five-year license for the taking of 600 humpback whales per season in a 240km2 area north, south and east of Tangalooma.
1952 Tangalooma Whaling Station began operation as Queensland’s only whaling station The station consisted of a factory surmounted by a flensing deck with a log ramp into the Bay to land whales, a jetty, steam generator and staff accommodation. The season lasted from June 1st to October 31st. The station could process eleven whales per day.
1961 Whales become extremely scarce, virtually overnight.
1962 Whaling at Tangalooma was no longer economically viable and the station closed.
And now The whales regularly stop by the Island on their migratory route. Probably due to the warmer waters, more and more whales are having their babies here rather than Hervey Bay which is 280km further north.
I took my daughter whale watching for her birthday recently. Brisbane Whale Watching operates from the Redcliffe Jetty over the migratory season June to November.
From Atherton Tablelands, it took us 2 days to reach out next destination. Leaving Yungaburra, we drove along Curtain Fig Tree Road and got onto the Atherton Malanda Road which would take us down off the High Country and back to the East Coast bringing us out at Innisfail.
Below is a photograph of the Curtain Fig Tree found in the Curtain Fig Tree National Park. The large fig tree is unique because the extensive aerial roots, that drop 15m to the forest floor, have formed a ‘curtain’.
We now followed the coast line south on Bruce Highway A1, spending the night at Mission Beach. Once we had set up camp we went for a drive to get a feel for the place. I thought before arriving we may perhaps stay a few nights but I just wasn’t getting that vibe, so we left early in the morning.
We arrive at Stop 6 late afternoon. Welcome to Pioneer Bay, launching pad to the Whitsunday Islands. The 74 Whitsunday Islands lie between the northeast coast of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. Most of the islands are uninhabited. (Picture courtesy of Google Maps)
We based ourselves at the Seabreeze Caravan Park in Cannonvale, walking distance to the harbour and Airlie Beach town centre. Initially booking in for 3 days, we kept finding things to do and extended our booking every few days. We ending up staying a week.
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A highlight of our stay was spending a day sailing with Airlie Beach Day Sailing. The charter is quite exclusive, accommodating for a maximum of 8 (Adults Only) guests. We were really spoilt as there was only one other guest this day.
The food is prepared by a local French Chef, Alain Antonius. Morning Tea, a Gourmet Lunch and Chocolate Gateaux on the sail home. Coffee, water, fruit juices and a selection of teas are offered constantly through the day. You can BYO alcohol.
The weather determines where the Skipper sails the boat but usually the guest can expect 3 stops incorporating swimming, snorkeling, beach bumming. This day the wind gusts were over 40 kts. Not good weather for any of the above but bloody fantastic for some serious sailing. So sailing we did and I was delighted.
We did throw ourselves in the water to do a bit of lazy reef snorkeling. The skipper jumped in the tender and threw out some ropes then drove slowly over the top of the reef that was about 3 mtrs below us. Talk about making it easy. Visibility was quite poor due to the weather but he had tucked us in behind an island and the water was very calm in this cove. Nothing worse than snorkeling in a washing machine.
The region was smashed by Cyclone Debbie in 2017 and is still recovering. Some of the resorts are still closed. Others are open for day visitors only whilst infrastructure is being repaired. The reef system was damaged but recovering quickly. Perhaps partly due to the tight regulations imposed on tourism operators which minimises stress on the reef.
We could have just kept on travelling but time has run out and our next stop is home which will take us 2 days driving to reach.
This post acknowledges the reader. Know that I appreciate your time and if nothing else, I hope I can bring a smile to your heart.