Well we finally managed to get back to our little island, that is, the island of Low Isles. Situated about 8 nm or 15 km from the town of Port Douglas is a little set of islands, Low Isles and Woody Island. They are situated in a marine park zone which means you can look at the fish but no touchy! Definitely frustrating for us coral trout lovers! There is plenty of marine life to see – turtles, dugongs, reef sharks, Batfish and so on and of course – Nemo! I’m surprised when Ellen Degeneres came to Australia she didn’t visit the Great Barrier Reef herself, what a photo opportunity!
Low Isles has a beautiful little lighthouse on it which is still active today. It was originally built in 1878 and used to be manned, although now there are caretakers on the island looking after the place. There is a cute little museum with all sorts of flotsam and jetsam found on and around the island including beautiful old bottles. We have added a few items to the museum as we have found them.
|The little baby often insists on dressing well for the beach|
We usually come out here whenever hubby has the weekend off and try to spend at least one night. This time we are staying for three! It’s like camping, but better as we have our house on our backs. The only thing I need to do to prepare for a trip is make sure we have some yummy food and drinks planned and charge the camera. So far I don’t have a way to charge the camera without putting the generator on.
Last night it was really windy, gusting to 35 knots actually and it kept me awake. We could have stayed put at Port Douglas of course, but decided it was going to be windy whether we stayed in the marina or whether we came out here, and we much prefer being out here!
Several charter boats visit the island daily but they don’t arrive until around 10am and they leave at around 3/330pm so we do get the island to ourselves for a bit too. My favourite part of the day is right on dusk when the sun is starting to set. The sunsets here are amazing and I always have the camera out.
Incidentally, last week we came out for way shorter than originally planned! Our niece is visiting from Thailand and we wanted to show her our island. We sailed out and on arrival I put out a lavish lunch of freshly caught mud crab, bread and salads. After lunch the girls decided swimming was in order and our youngest ran inside to go get her bathers. (She doesn’t walk anywhere, on full all of the time.) Her feet were slippery though and on entering the saloon she skidded and fell on her chin cutting it open quite badly. So after only being here for an hour I had to whisk her away on one of the charter boats that was about to head in and get her to hospital to have her chin glued up. Poor baby! (Look away if you have a sensitive stomach!)
You’ll be pleased to hear she is healing up really well and it hasn’t slowed her down one little bit. It’s not the first time she’s done this either. I think the last time was when she was about two..
Anyway, I’m off now to plan the afternoon’s canapes. I should also really go for a walk on the island to exercise this body a bit since it’s just a tad cold for me to have a snorkel today.. Ahh, 1st world problems I hear you say!
This is the life!