A pleasant and easy sail up towards Gladstone Harbour. Counted 23 ships at anchor, waiting their turn to come in and load/unload everything from coal to bauxite to alumina. Always makes me nervous when we nip across the shipping channel ahead of one of these huge ships (some weighing up to 90 tonnes)!! We anchored at Gatcombe Head, near the SW corner of Facing Island. A little uncomfortable at times when the swell rolls around the corner, but a quick run across to the Boyne River tomorrow. This area has such contrasts, with a great deal of industry situated amongst lovely mountains and beaches.