Cape Conran – Boo the BOM

One of those trips.

Was supposed to be Wednesday Thursday. Next thing you know its Sunday and the weather says the only good days will be Monday Tuesday. I pack the car up and just before I leave the weather has changed again. Now Tuesday/Wednesday. So on Monday I drive 5 hours to cape conran… BOM update is issued 5pm Monday to say that there will be no fishing on Tuesday.

But come Tuesday, the weather is actually pretty good. Nevertheless the boat ramp is really prone to westerly wind and we aren’t going out. Instead we target bream and fail in the river. Quite annoying as we easily could have got a sunrise to 4pm fish in, when the wind hits. Or even midday you know?

The next day is 50/50 according to the BOM, but when we wake up there is zero chance of getting out. So I go back. My wife and future deckie are away so this is the only chance I’ve had in a while.

Ah well, nothing you can do about weather.

Skipper: Nothing
Dad: Nothing
Me: One mullet

Got off the boat and tried the channel thinking some flatties might be about


One good story of the trip was seeing a seal pop his head up from about 1 metre of where a guy was hitching his jetski back up to his trailer. The seal watched him intently. When the guy realised there was a seal right next to him he got a big fright.

Paradise Valley 2017

Easter down in Paradise Valley is a tradition. This was our first year with the addition: Maggie! She was born 3/3/17 and was too little to be able to go camping. Of course it was possible, but our main concern was the temperature’s overnight. With my parent’s place an hour a way, we decided to drive back and forth. Including the 2 hours 45 from our house, it was all just a bit too much driving.


The campsite

She had been quite interactive leading up the trip, but she mostly was keen to sleep when she was outside. She would wake up a bit when we got to sale, or in my parent’s caravan. But I am glad we were able to take her on her first trip – she’s going to love camping I’m sure of it.

Snug around the campfire

Loch Sport

Road tripping with Claire and my parents today, the plan today was to go to Seaspray and spend the hot day on the beach. The problem was:
– instead of 31 it was about 26, and
– it was about 15 knots blowing straight down the beach.

This made for miserable day so we jumped into the car and headed to Loch Sport. We found a nice secluded spot with our own beach on the lake side – had a great time. The water was only up to my knees for as far as I was willing to walk, but it was fun splashing around. We were sheltered from the wind totally, the same came out and made 26 degrees feel really nice. Great to have such a nice location all to ourselves.

Good times!

Night in Phillip Island

Finally the end of Group On!

Claire took us down for a night and it was actually pretty good. Waves was a good place to stay. The dates weren’t convenient as I had exams in a few days, but it was only a night and was a lot of fun.

On the way down we played some mini golf, the next day hit the beach.

The highlight was the Wednesday night, we had planned to go to the brewery for a meal. We went for a walk beforehand, but the beach was just so beautiful that we thought it would be silly to go for a pub. I got a fried rice, Claire got some pasta – we ate watching the water. Definitely the way to go.


Pasta and Rice on the beach

Vising the beach the next day