Archive for ◊ October, 2011 ◊

23/10/2011
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Hinchinbrook passage was less exciting than we had hoped.

We caught only three crabs, all small and saw no crocodiles!!! The marsh flies were horrendous and to top it off.. the Rubber Duck motor broke when we were still half an hours paddle from the boat.

We decided that one day it was nice enough to head around to the other side of Hinchinbrook to Zoe Bay. We had an interesting sail over, there was a heavy fog for nearly the whole 2 hour trip and we c

22/10/2011
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Hi All, As Mac mentioned, we left Magnetic Island last Saturday afternoon and sailed overnight down to Gloucester Passage which is at the top of the Whitsundays. We stayed there Sunday night and on Monday headed down to Woodwark Bay which is around 5 miles north of Airlie Beach. We headed there because there was a strong wind warning current and we where expecting 30+ knot wind for the next few days. We anchored as close to shore as depth would allow and put out plenty of chain. Although it was pretty windy we remained safely anchored. After three nights there we where all starting to get a bit bo
16/10/2011
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Hi everyone we have just night sailed from Magnetic island, Nelly bay to Gloucester passage and everyone is exhausted so here is a catch up of the last week or so. From port Douglas we made our way to Hinchinbrook. While we were moored mum wanted to go for a drive in a little river that we were next to, on the way back the motor conked out and we had to row a kilometre to get back to the boat. And the worst thing is there is CROCODILES but we did not see any thankfully. The next mooring we went to we caught three mud crabs and a fish. From Hinchinbrook we headed to Orpheus Island. At Orpheus w
11/10/2011
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Hi all,

We are currently moored near the bluff at the southern end of Hinchinbrook Passage, it has been a pleasant enough few days in the passage, the main issue has been the bloody marsh flies. They are horrendous, lots of them and they are ferocious. We would have killed 500 or more of them today alone. The passage itself is very beautiful with calm waters and rugged mountains as a background. We have caught a couple of fish and a good feed of muddies so not all bad.

06/10/2011
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Not much to report, we have left Port Douglas and headed south towards Cairns. We decided to spend the night at a small cay around 15 miles north east of Cairns, it is called Upolu Cay, but unfortunately it was not quite what we expected, the cay is under the water for most the time! It is late in the day and we have grabbed a mooring for the night so all is good. Into Cairns tomorrow to pick up a delivery of Sam's nappies and then back out and on our way to Hinchinbrook, we may stay at Sunbury cay on Sat night if the weather hold out, if not a snorkel for a couple of hours and then south to
05/10/2011
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Gliding through the Coral Sea, On a reach carefully held, The wind picks up and the sails creak, Tighten the lines!! Winch to the right!! Shift traveller to starboard, Loosen the sheets, to fill the main. Then winch them back for powerful gain.. Feel the hull move sharply through the Blue, With tell tails flying happliy on cue. Not a cloud in the sky and a gentle swell. She moves with grace and all is well. Watching for changes in the distance with care, An island, a rock, or a sunken wreck ,a reef
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05/10/2011
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Hi all,

Just thought that I would let you all know about a few other things that we got up to whilst we where at Lizard Island.

The main walk on the Island is the one up to Cooks Lookout, this is where  on the 12th of August (Macs Birthday) in the year 1770 James Cook climbed to the highest point of Lizard Island (he named it so because the only creatures he saw there where the large monitor lizards that inhabit the island). He climbed up there to try and find a way of getting the Endeavour safely through the outer reef. From the “lookout” he could s

03/10/2011
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Hi all We are at Port Douglas now; the trip back from Lizard Island was really calm. We had a fishing competition with double shot and we won. (YAAAAAAY) we caught 12 fish and they caught 8, we caught a Tuna Dogtooth two-Spangled Emperor at the reef a Spanish Mackerel a Barracuda and 7 Queensland School Mackerel, they caught similar fish to us. We went snorkelling at Mackay Cay and saw two crayfish but couldn’t catch them and a couple of turtles it was really clear. Yesterday Lauren and I busked and earned $78.70 at the port Douglas markets it was awesome Last night we went out
03/10/2011
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The last three weeks have been amazing. We headed north and spent 2 weeks at lizard island. The water was crystal clear and the sand very white!  We moored right in front of the big reef, we could literally jump off the back of the boat and go snorkelling around the coral.

It was a clam garden so we saw massive clams and hundreds of fish. The reef was mostly soft corals and lots of fish, clown fish, parrot fish, cod, and even some black tipped reef sharks!!

02/10/2011
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Hi everyone sorry I have not blogged in a while I have been soo busy………

We are at Lizard Island now and its soo cool, it’s really clear and we have snorkelled everyday and sometimes twice a day it’s awesome. While we were snorkelling we saw giant clams is the clam gardens some were two metres long and one metre wide

We also saw a parrotfish as big as me it was awesome. There are lots of clownfish everywhere they are very shy though so you need to look very closely, We also saw angelfish, they are quiet shy as well though.

02/10/2011
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Yes I am sure that plenty of people will be surprised to hear that we are this far north, but as we have learnt over the last 10 months sailing. You can never say never!. As most of you know our original plan was to go as far a Townsville and Magnetic Island and then turn around and head south, we must have taken a wrong turn somewhere? We have just been really enjoying the warm weather and pristine waters of Far North QLD, it really has to be seen to be appreciated.  The Islands, Coral Cays and Tongue Reef off Port Douglas where by far the best snorkeling we have had on the trip that was until we got