Four days ago I emailed Michael a job advertisement - as I sometimes do - fully expecting him to say - as he usually does - "nah, its not for me." Instead he said "hey, I could do this!" and sent in his CV. Three hours later Michael received a call from the boss saying "you are perfect for the role, lets meet". Yesterday we hired a car and drove the four hours north to the town of Hervey Bay on the Great Sandy Strait, and overlooking Fraser Island to scope out the place and have an interview.
Long story short, Michael got the job. Its perfect for us. Although we had planned to cruise for a couple of months more before stopping, the job is in the exact area we were looking at to settle in and get some much needed boat work done. The pay is good, the location is gorgeous, and the potential for weekend and holiday sailing around the area is really attractive - the Great Sandy Strait for starters, and the southern islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Plus its only 3 hours from Brisbane!
We've sorted a marina berth at the Great Sandy Strait Marina in the Urangan Boat Harbour and will spend the next two weeks sailing up the coast.
A great bonus is that Michael's new boss Lawrie is totally happy for us to meet Michael's parents in late October and take them over to Fraser Island as planned - its all fallen beautifully in to place.