|Straw Backed Ibis on the lawns at Rosslyn/Keppel Bay Marina.|
Rosslyn and Emu BaysAfter a bit of a rough passage north, our next stop off was at the lovely port of Rosslyn, and the lovely Keppel Bay marina therein. The marina is in a sheltered 'bay' overlooked by the bluff (which looks very much like the Bluff at Encounter Bay in SA).
With a great coffee shop/restaurant, small chandlery, friendly people in the boats, even friendlier and helpful people working there, and a bus right at the front door, we had no problem staying a few days. Fully self-contained bathrooms and a couple of laundry rooms made it nicer still although, for the first couple of days we used the public showers (not as nice) before realising there was a whole other block of roomy and very private facilities specially for marina users. D'oh!! There is also an excellent fisherman's market close to the marina. Well worth checking out.
|Plenty of space to sit, relax and enjoy a coffee and cake.|
|View of the bluff from the marina|
I needed to see a doctor while I was there and the marina staff not only recommended one for me, they also made the appointment, which was awesome. What wasn't so awesome was the bike ride to get there, much of which was up some quite steep, long hills, although that had the advantage of being downhill on the way back. I keep telling myself that riding the bike is a great way to keep fit, and it will be if it doesn't kill me first.
|The view between Keppel Bay Marina and Emu Bay; The Keppel Group.|
|The Singing Ship: Emu Bay|
|The singing part of the Singing Ship, silent when we were there but apparently awesome when the wind blows.|
|One part of the War Memorial that depicts the ill-fated Gallipoli landing. Painted on glass, if you line up the horizon at sunrise and the photo, the effect is both quite sad and profoundly beautiful.|
|War Memorial, Emu Bay.|
|Fresh sausage rolls being made in store.|
|Cyclone damage in Emu Bay. We saw a lot of damage around Rosslyn as well.|
|Thar she blows!! Remnants of bygone whale stuff.|
While we were still in the marina I was lucky enough to be invited to coffee with a great bunch of local women and spent a good couple of hours chatting while Dave got a break from me.
P.S. The marina café has some amazing cakes, but be on guard and protect your pastries at all times from the cheeky blue faced honey-eaters that clean up all of the scraps, much like little, brightly coloured seagulls and who seem to enjoy eating a whole lot more than just honey.
|One of the offending honey-eaters. How these little buggers aren't podgy is beyond me, given the amount of food they eat, and not one bit of it is honey. :)|