Well we are officially cruising!
We left the relative comfort, free flowing hot water and power of the marina and moved out onto a friend’s mooring while we took care of some last minute jobs. The car sold at the last minute, amazing, for our asking price and is now gone. It felt very weird initially to just hand it over but the feeling of relief once we had was palpable.
Friends soon arrived from interstate to join us in celebrating Miss now 12’s birthday. We took them straight to Fitzroy, a small tropical island covered in rainforest and surrounded by fringing coral reef. It lies approximately 30km south-east of Cairns and in the Coral Sea. We did the walks, swam at Nudey Beach, not reserved for nudists, and revelled in the sunsets.
Next stop on our island hopping adventure was Turtle Beach back towards Cairns for a quick dip in the freshwater pools that gather. There is always the chance I bitey lizard will appear so we kept an eye out as they can swim from nearby creeks. We saw some tracks so kept well clear. You don’t swim at the beach here.
After a quick dip and washing of hair we took off to Green Island – a coral sand cay formed approximately 600 years ago due to the waves depositing coral and sand on the coral base. It also is surrounded by coral reef. We took a walk through the forest to listen to the birds and insects and then walked around the island to the resort to buy icecreams for the girls.
Later the next day we departed for another sand cay called Michaelmas Cay. there’s not a lot of vegetation on the island and it is inhabited by hundreds of sea birds that you can hear well into the night. If you follow my Facebook page you’ll see a picture of swab doing her maths on the boat with Michaelmas’ gorgeous reef in the background. We had a snorkel here and the crew took a walk on the beach. It was a rough night with the noisy birds and a bit of a smell but geez, it’s really pretty.
Finally we departed for my favourite island Low Isles. It’s my soul, my backyard, my home. It was pretty special sailing in from the south again after being away for over 4 years. It’s still as beautiful as ever with amazing reef, a beautiful little beach and when the tides go out on a king tide you can walk out for ages admiring the exposed shells and clams. It’s pretty as a picture with it’s little light house with the red top sitting proudly on the island.
The girls are loving living aboard and now finally cruising! They have taken to it well. They are heavily into Harry Potter books, Horrible Histories books and DVD’s and snorkelling at the moment, in that order. We do some math book worksheets occasionally when looking for fillers but mostly they are helping with day to day chores, cooking and spending time with Dad learning a little navigation along the way. We’ve met some boat kids too, but not many yet. There has to be more out there!
We still remain unsure of our plans. Now waiting for the northerlies to kick in so we can sail south again. Was hoping to get to the Whitsundays for Christmas but might have to settle for Gloucester Island or even stay in Cairns. Watch and see.
It certainly is nice having the choice.