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…

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…

Kaytown capers

Here’s a few fun facts about our week-long stay in Mackay: we had to dodge more than thirty GIANT supertankers coming into Mackay Harbour. They are queuing up for coal from nearby Hay Point, and they are BIG! We joined about 5000 people for dawn service on Anzac Day. It was a lovely service, and…

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…

Same same but different…

YEPPOON – PORT CLINTON – PEARL BAY – ISLAND HEAD CREEK Life at anchor usually goes something like this: wake up sometime after day-break … hot brew followed by brekky on the back deck … shore excursion to go bushwalking, beach combing etc … lunch … siesta … another shore excursion … sundowners (ie drinks…

Dodging Debbie

LADY MUSGRAVE ISLAND – PANCAKE CREEK – GLADSTONE Sailing boats and cyclones don’t mix. So our bad weather run continued when Tropical Cyclone Debbie started brewing up north. We were never in the danger zone, but her appearance cut short our stay at Lady Musgrave Island and generated plenty of rain. We left Lady Musgrave…

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…

I saw a dugong!

I finally saw a freakin’ dugong! Despite being a bit fanatical about marine critters, I had previously never been in the right place and time to see a sea-cow. But my luck finally changed during an early morning paddle across to Round Island. I was paddling back to Urangan when I spotted what I first…