|One of the rare occasions that we're both in a photo. Thanks Peter and Mina!|
Our Sea Piper adventure continues, despite having sold her twice last year – neither experience having put money in our pocket. But I’m not going to dwell on those – one almost-transaction that was sad and the other bloody frustrating.
We have put Sea Piper back on the market but, rather than let her languish in the marina any longer, off we’ve headed for a bit of an adventure, catching up at Hinchinbrook Island with our lovely friends Andi and Gemma on Paws.
|Easton Cats Sea Piper and Paws at anchor in Creek 7|
Sea Piper’s trip to this meeting point was via
, the Magnetic Island and round the outside (east) of Palm Islands , experiencing two mother and calf whale sightings on the last leg. Hinchinbrook Island
Even though we see whales in the ocean each year, each new sighting is just as awesome as the first.
Nearing the Brook Islands at the top of Hinchinbrook was a huge whale (I know, I know, they're all huge) sleeping (or suckling maybe?) with her small calf doing a little roll over every now and then, while mum would emit an occasional soft blow – like she was snoring.
We passed quietly by and she remained undisturbed.
From our meeting point with Paws both yachts headed to Macushla in
at the top of Missionary Bay . Lots of lovely memories of family holidays and walks to Macushla from Hinchinbrook Island resort for us and a new place to explore for Andi
and Gem. Unfortunately the track from Macushla beach across to Shepherd’s Bay
is overgrown (the resort became defunct some years ago with Cyclone Yasi
finishing the job) and with only thongs on our feet, it looked a bit rugged to
tackle the invading rainforest. Maybe another day – with shoes on! Cape Richards
The eight creeks running into
are reportedly good fishing (and the best cyclone holes) so off we went on a
high tide to explore Creek 7 accessed via Creek 6. We lost lots of bait and
caught a few catfish and undersize stuff but nothing substantial – yet. Missionary Bay
On our second day in the creek (and suitably kitted out to deny the thousands of midges access to our flesh) we dinghied along several kms to where a (Marine Parks) boardwalk provides access across the mangroves and over the dunes to
. Ramsay Bay
|Hinchinbrook's highest point Mt Bowen and The Thumb in the background while kilometres of white sandy beach stretch out in front of us.|
|Andi in charge of lunch on the beach|
|Royden braving the ocean while the wind threatens to blow his trousers away!|
After a couple of nights in Creek 7 we decided to move to Creek 2 – Coral Creek – to see if the fishing was any better. Accessing any of these creeks is tricky as there are huge mud bars right across the entries with Coral Creek having, you guessed it, an added coral bar to one side. Inflowing tide – and a reasonable one at that – is a must. Thankfully the next couple of high tides are a bit bigger than the one we came in on which didn’t leave us much to spare. However the beauty of a catamaran – particularly Eastons – is the shallow draft which gets us tucked into places keelers can only dream about!
|Sunsets are pretty good out here.|
Right now the Eastons are anchored of Macushla beach once again with a trip to Dunk Island planned for tomorrow.