|Hill Inlet at the top of Whitehaven Beach|
we sailed south (again with northerlies) to Double Bay West for an
overnight anchorage and the chance of some fish for dinner. Gloucester Island
They continued to elude us!
We moved the next day around to Double Bay East with a similar result despite the boys’ best efforts trolling the bay morning and evening.
The locations more than made up for it though.
|Reasonably relaxed in Double Bay.|
|Lazy Saturday arvo|
We all spent the afternoon on Sea Piper and planned a sail for the Sunday.
|Please explain David Kirkpatrick - mini-tinnies instead of man-cans?|
The sky was cloud free and the sea was aquamarine and crystal clear. Superb!
|Please note: Perfect tell-tails on the headsail. Ditto the main though you can't spot them in the photo.|
|Take up relaxation positions|
The bay lived up to its name and funnelled bullets of wind down on us for the first half of the night. The rest of the night the anchor chain scraped on the rocky bottom. It was nice to up-anchor at daybreak and head for
and the famous Whitsunday Island . Whitehaven Beach
|Just like the brochure!|
The `Wow' factor was in full force as we passed through the passage between Whitsunday and
. The outer face of the islands is quite different to
the inland side. Hoop pines grow prolifically in the rockiest, barest locations
and the rocks have an array of colours from black, to brown, cream and green. Hook Islands
Many of them now have new names – Cow Face Rock, Bambi Rock, etc.
|Securing the dinghy in Tongue Bay|
We anchored off the northern end of Whitehaven but the sea was pretty lumpy so we opted to tuck into nearby
and dinghy across to its beach which has a walking track to both a lookout and
Whitehaven. Tongue Bay
The tides were perfect for this manoeuvre and we spent a lovely couple of hours walking and swimming in this pristine place.
|The clear waters of Windy Bay made spotting turtles and stingrays easy.|
|The view from Windy Bay across to the top of Whitsunday Island|
It was a great island to explore with a huge sandy beach, especially at low tide, stingrays, turtles and a rough track across to the south side of the island. The bay emptied out quickly at low tide so we had to keep moving the dinghy to keep water under it.
|Windy Bay beach|
Fishing proved a little more successful and tonight's menu will include some fillets.
|Newly named no-name-island - Cutest Island Ever|
This morning we’ve come back through the Hook Passage as the winds are going to increase to 20 knots plus today and remain so for the next few days.
We’ve anchored in
, off Cid Harbour , amongst at least 50 other boats with numbers set to increase
throughout the day. Whitsunday Island
On previous trips over the past five years, we have never seen so many boats around the Whitsundays. Great for Airlie and
’s economy! Hamilton Island