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…

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…

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:…

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…