Sandy Hill anchorage at Moreton Island near the mouth of the Brisbane River
Brisbane's Gateway Bridge at Rivergate Marina
The marina was relatively empty, so, we had a good choice of berths. We picked one near the end of the pier so we would have a good view of all the activity on the river. Brisbane has a good ferry system and we could catch it a short drive away.
Condos and apartments along the Brisbane River
The river winds its way from Moreton Bay through the suburbs to the Central Business District. Numerous homes have private piers with boats parked in their backyard. However, most piers offer no protection from the wakes of the many vessels traversing the river.
Final Straw on the river at the end of the rainbow
From our berth at Rivergate, we could watch all sorts of interesting activity. Besides the occasional large ships that passed by, we also had a good view of large aircraft on international flights making their approach into the Brisbane International Airport, just a few miles away.
USS Blue Ridge on the Brisbane River
One quiet afternoon, we were leaving the boat to go shopping when we noticed a large ship coming down the river. It was clearly a Navy vessel, but, it didn't have the light green coloring used on ships of the Australian Navy. In fact, it looked like a US Navy vessel. As it came closer, we could see the American flag flying from the masthead. The crew was lined along the bulwark. We were the only people on the pier. We had our large American flag flying from our stern clearly evident to the crew of the Blue Ridge. We were looking into the sun as they passed, so, I was shading my eyes with my hand in what I realized later looked like a salute. While I was watching, all of a sudden the crew came to attention, returning my salute. I must say, it sent a shiver down my spine.
USS Blue Ridge passing Final Straw
The Blue Ridge was in Australia on joint maneuvers with the Australian Navy. It's the Command & Control ship for the Vice Admiral responsible for the US Navy's 7th Fleet. She carries a crew of about 1500 sailors and is 638 feet long. The US Navy aircraft carrier, Kitty Hawk, also visited Brisbane a few weeks later. She was a big hit with the Aussies and there were traffic jams with up to a two hour wait just to get a look at her.
Typical Australian Golf Course
While we were staying at Rivergate, we visited local museums, vineyards and malls. But, this view of a nearby golf course was pure Australian. The kangaroos rule the turf here as well!
Gorgeous sunrise at Rivergate on the Brisbane River
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