No, my name isn’t Nemo…

Marine Biology 101: Harlequin Sweetlip I was snorkelling at Orpheus Island (best snorkelling of the trip so far), when a bit of colour and movement caught my eye. A little clown-like fish was dancing around the coral. At first glance I thought it was an anemone fish (nemo), but on closer inspection, I realised it…

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….

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…

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…

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…