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:…

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…

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:…

Cast off!

4am start. We cast off the lines and motor out of Scarborough in the dark alongside the fishing trawlers. At 5.30am, we are already halfway across Deception Bay, and the sky is once again lit up in pretty shades of orange and pink. It has been a little over a year in the making, but…

It’s all coming together (<1 week to go)!

Kick-ass cruising catamaran: check. Brand new rigging: check. New inflatable tender: check. All the necessary safety gear: check. Cool gadgets (eg water-maker and air compressor): check. Boat merch (business cards, hats, crew shirts, and the awesome stubby-coolers our awesome friends the Gillmans got us): check. Work finished up and land lives all sorted: check. Passports:…