Rotten luck with the wind from Sydney - an area known for rough conditions we had the opposite - doldrums style for the first 5 days and way too much motoring for our liking. Topping this off, when we finally got wind and were cruising happily at 8 knots, at 2am we came to a sudden near stop. Snagged on a lobster pot!! It took all four hands on deck and some interesting manoeuvering over an hour to get us freed from the blessed things! With dire images of new propellers or rudders being required, as we still had ropes and buoys trapped around the propeller or keel (we couldn't tell which) we limped into Coffs Harbour at 8am the following morning. You can imagine our relief when we dived under to find no damage whatsoever and a one minute job to release the ropes and four buoys.
Other than lack of wind and lobster pots, we had a fairly uneventful trip up the coast with a crew's favourite stop at Middle Percy Island and its fabulous yacht club, then a few days in the Whitsundays and Fitzroy Island before arriving in Cairns.