Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Furthest North

We've had a great last few weeks catching up with friends and further exploring the Whitsunday region.

Our friends the Johnston family were at Hamilton Island for a week during the holidays so we took the opportunity to visit them and also check out Hamilton island. The girls had a ball playing with the Johnston kids in the resort pool and on the beach.
Fun in the pool

Living Large at Hamilton
Off to do the Laundry.
It was school holidays so pretty crowded at Hamilton so after a few days we were kind of happy to leave the crowds behind and get back into some of the great Whitsunday anchorages.

In Stonehaven we caught up with friends John and Jo on the catamaran Kirra Kirra and with their advice and bait we even managed to break the fishing drought and catch a few edible reef fish in the form of a stripey snapper and a grassy sweetlip, yaaaay!!

We then chose to go further North to Gloucester Passage and Gloucester Island to escape the crowds and we weren't disappointed. Nice national park beaches and a few low key resorts greeted us in the area and we enjoyed being one of only a handful of boats in the anchorages we visited. Gloucester passage is also the furthest North we will go this year as we have decided to start our journey Southwards again.

Beach in Gloucester Passage
Relaxing at Gloucester Passage
We then went to Butterfly Bay for some more snorkelling before returning to Airlie Beach, where we are now, to provision and do chores before heading South. We are now looking for Northerly winds for the first time since rounding Tasman Island in late January!  There's lots we want to see and do on the way South again with many places we either missed or just really enjoyed on the way up that we want to visit.

1 comment:

  1. It looks like Great Times being had by all.
    Hi Rob
    Can you drop me an email at depamide02@gmail.com
    Would it be helpful to go back into my pen at RYCT for a while once you return. If so I can arrange it for you.
    I ask this as we will be in North/South America from Nov. to mid March and it is OK with you I would like to leave the boat in your pen until we return. If you need the pen I will make other arrangements.
    Great sailing and enjoy the time with the family you have left.
    Derrick & Pat