But it wasn't until we saw the first wisps of smoke appearing from the craggy peaks of Hinchinbrook Island that we twigged that Queensland National Parks were setting the place alight.
It was an awesome sight at night with the flames creeping down the mountain sides.
In the morning, the low-hanging smoke gave the surroundings a mystical effect but, ewww, it stank and those clean crisp photos of the previous days were no longer possible.
At least we could understand a controlled burn-off in an area the size of Hinchinbrook (Australia's largest National Park island), unlike some of the tiny Whitsunday islands that were fire-bombed from a helicopter last month.
|Soon after the helicopter's visit the smoke tendrils appeared from the mountain tops.|
|The next morning - looks like fog, smells like smoke.|
Fingers crossed for a similar weather pattern for Cristy and Johnno's visit at the end of next week.
|Before leaving the channel, another nice bream made itself available for dinner.|