We were very happy that Sally comes fitted with some excellent fly screens as they once again proved there worth as the back of the boat was covered in sand flies when we arose on Saturday morning.
23degrees 30' S) - YAY!!
As the forecast was for stronger winds from the SW during the evening we decided that Cape Capricorn wasn't going to be the best spot for the night so headed over to a beach approximately 5NM west and had a very comfy night there and shared a bottle of Moet Chandon to celebrate our arrival in the tropics.
|A bit of R&R for Juddy |
on Great Keppel
We wandered over to the resort side of the island although the resort was shut down some time ago so it is all looking a bit dejected these days but they do have some excellent white sandy beaches so it is easy to understand the attraction for tourists and resort goers. There is still some rental accommodation, a back packers and a little shop where we stopped for a cool drink and ice cream before heading back to the boat
|Map of Great Keppel Island|
Tuesday morning and we are off for a bush walk around the North and Eastern parts of the island. On our trek we went past the Great Keppel Homestead, Second Beach, Svendsen's Beach and Eco Resort, Butterfish Bay and then across the island to Wreck Beach. After a spot of lunch under the shade of a really old Quinine Tree we went along the Light House track and back down to our starting point at Leekes Beach. Doesn't sound like much but it took us around 5hours to do the circuit. As you can see from the photo the beaches are certainly a big hit and very popular spot to hang out when at Great Keppel.
|Local Sign Post on Great Keppel|
At this stage we might end up spending another day at Great Keppel as the weather is great and there are some more walks that we are considering but all will depend on the updated weather report at 17:00H.