We’re outta here!

Phase 1 of the Alpha Odyssey (sailing up the QLD coast) is complete, and we are diappearing from here and reappearing in Indonesia in approximately five days (sailing non-stop). We finished up our time in Horn Island with a bit of croc-watching and dinner with the crews of our favourite buddy boats, Xamala and Harmonic….

500 miles … Cairns to TI!

CAIRNS – LOW ISLES – COOKTOWN – LIZARD ISLAND – CAPE MELVILLE – MARGARET BAY – ESCAPE RIVER – CAPE YORK – HORN ISLAND/THURSDAY ISLAND After nearly two weeks in Cairns finishing off the big boat jobs and doing final preparation, we set sail to complete the final leg of the Queensland coast: 500 nautical…

New crew in FNQ

After nearly 1200 nautical miles, we arrived in Cairns – our last big pitstop before commencing the rally to Indonesia. From Mourilyan Harbour, we spent a couple of rolly nights on mooring balls at Russell Island and Fitzroy Island (but got some snorkelling in at both) and then headed into Cairns. We berthed in the…

Island-hopping our way north

Orpheus was an ancient greek charmer and poet, Hinchinbrook was the 1st Earl of Sandwich, and Dunk was a Lord of the Admiralty. So we were in pretty good company as we continued to island hop our way north. We really enjoyed Magnetic Island, but with the Indonesian rally start date getting closer, we had…

Something for Everyone

Forget the wet windy Whitsundays! If you are looking for tropical island paradise, you’ll find it and plenty more at Magnetic Island. There’s something for everyone on Maggie. For the sailors, there’s a very calm anchorage in Horseshoe Bay which offers good holding and great protection from the SE trade winds. There’s no sign of…

Merops Ornatus

It’s official. I’ve become a nerdy bird-watcher! When I’m not underwater photographing marine critters, I’m now stalking along bush tracks spotting birds and animals. Check out this little beauty. A rainbow bee-eater, or more formally: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Cordata Class: Aves Order: Coraciiformes Family: Meropidae Genus: Merops Species: M. ornatus For more birds that we’ve seen on…

The big 5-0 in Townsville!

After cruising the capes (Cape Upstart (great oysters!), Cape Bowling Green (rolly as hell), and Cape Cleveland), we spent a great week in Townsville catching up with friends, seeing the sights, eating fondue, and celebrating Andy’s 50th birthday! We took a berth in the Breakwater Marina. It’s a great spot to park – central to everything…

Dolphins at dawn…

…dodging cyclones, and diving with sharks in reef lagoons! We’ve swapped our camouflage uniforms for cruisers’ garb. This is where you can reach us now:   Enjoy!

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…

On the trail of the ‘vanishing people’

WHITSUNDAY NGARO SEA TRAIL Long ago, in the dreamtime, before the land and people, there was only the vast blue of the sea and a huge snake, the rainbow serpent. One day, the rainbow serpent passed through the water laying her eggs as she went, which created the islands. The islands were rich with seafood:…

Polly want a cracker?

Well a couple of cheeky cockatoos certainly do! We were hanging out in Nara Inlet enjoying the sunshine after a swim in the nearby waterfall when we were visited by a pair of noisy cockatoos in search of a snack. After we fed them a few jatz crackers, they flew off to our friends on…

Whitsunday Blues

AIRLIE BEACH – CID HARBOUR – NARA INLET – STONEHAVEN Broken trees and shattered dreams. All around the Whitsundays you can still see the devastation from Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Even now, a month on, there are boat wrecks washed up on the rocks, trees look like they’ve been zapped with agent orange, and ancient hoop…