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…

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…

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…

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…

The curious inhabitants of the Great Sandy Straits

In the week since we crossed the “treacherous” Wide Bay Bar, we’ve spent a few days anchored in Tin Can Bay (while I attended my Grandma’s 90th birthday shindig), and cruised through the Great Sandy Straits along the Fraser Coast. With mainly south-easterlies blowing, we were able to take full advantage of some great anchorages:…

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…