Batfish crazy!

WHITSUNDAYS: BEST OF THE REST We’ve spent nearly a month in the Whitsundays. After a few days in the less-frequented southern islands, several rain-soaked days in Cid Harbour and a week checking out the jewels of the Whitsundays via the Ngaro Whitsunday sea trail, we spent the last few days covering off on the best of…

Happy World Turtle Day!

There are seven species of marine turtle, and all but one of them live in the Great Barrier Reef, so we have had the fortune of spotting many a-turtle on the trip so far. A couple of days ago, we had an extra-special encounter with a resident green turtle in Stonehaven Bay, Hook Island in the…

Meanwhile, on a tropical island…

…it’s bloody raining and blowing a gale. But who cares, life is still great. We’ve been voyaging for two months now, and here’s a few statistics: 720 nautical miles covered (1340 kilometres) 22 anchorages, including 7 islands 20 fish caught and 2 crabs netted 3 thongs lost 3 SCUBA dives 2 times I’ve fallen in…

Roo stew!

HEXHAM ISLAND – MIDDLE PERCY ISLAND – CURLEW ISLAND Middle Percy Island Roo Stew Recipe 1 wallaby Jar of tomato paste Red wine Crushed garlic Chopped onions Cubed potatoes Packet of magic peas seasoning to taste Marinate the roo in lime juice and soy sauce (all day). Get a good fire going. Put all ingredients…

Red sky in the morning…

Bloody weather! It never cooperates. With our new crew on board (my parents Juliene and Allan), our intention was to set sail from Hervey Bay to Lady Musgrave Island to spend a few days anchored in the lagoon. But a low weather system off NSW creating a bit of havoc (and making the weather hard…

The Dream is Real!

With the port motor working well and  bunch of other boat projects out of the way, we finally busted out of the marina for some sailing, diving and paddling. This is what we signed up for! Check out our Australia Day sailing adventure here, or watch this little youtube clip we put together, featuring turtles,…

The Lion, the Guitar, and the Angel

No it isn’t a knock-off of CS Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe … rather it’s a roll call of some of the fish species we saw while diving and snorkelling on our recent trip to Moreton Island. I spent much of my childhood fascinated by the Great Barrier Reef and grew up…

Smooth Sailing to Moreton (4 weeks to go)

Sailing, diving, snorkelling, beachcombing, reading, relaxing, swimming, SUPing, bushwalking, checking out stunning views….we spent the Aussie Day long weekend doing exactly what we signed up for.  And we realised something: the dream is real! All went well with the motors as we cruised out of Scarborough Marina. After replacing a heat exchanger, then refurbishing injectors…

100 days to go!

Time is zapping past and there are now less than 100 days to go til we cast off the lines! Yay, only 100 days to go til full-time adventuring! Arggghhh, only 100 days to get everything organised! Top of the list is to fix our (still) broken motor. Back in August during our Brisbane River…

A few months of mayhem!

The last couple of months have been a busy combination of work travel and adventures. I have literally criss-crossed the country: Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Darwin, Gold Coast, Cairns, Laura (twice), Adelaide, Port Augusta, Whyalla … and finally back to Brisbane. After a quick work trip to Canberra (where I nearly lost the hire car), I…

The Alpha Odyssey – phase zero

In January, an avid sailor (Andy), sent an avid diver (Amanda) a text message: And just like that the seed of adventure was planted. Since then, it has been a whirlwind of research, weighing up options, working out possible timelines, listening to sailing podcasts and reading sailing forums…and for Amanda, learning to sail! The first…