Sunday we had a similar jaunt but this time around 10NM to Thomas Island sailing via Coppersmith and Silversmith Islands. The winds were a bit more lively and we made good time into Thomas Island. As there are plenty of fringing reefs in the anchorage at Thomas it was an excellent spot to go for a bit of a snorkel and check out the local coral in the arvo. To our surprise we happen to come across 3 turtles during the swim which was pretty awesome. Not sure who was more surprised - the turtles or us!!
We know we must be getting close to the madness of the Whitsunday's as we spotted our first bare boat today! Monday and we have another short hop to Shaw Island which is part of the Lindeman Group. Today we did a PB and managed to get our anchor down well in time for morning tea at 10.00am.
Tuesday morning and we are off to Fat Island. We took the scenic route to Hammo via Pentecost Island as they wont allow arrival's before 11.00am. The marina crew at Hammo are fantastic and not only lead you to your berth but also help out with lines, setting fenders and anything else that might be required at the time. Hamilton Island, as is expected, is a hive of activity and there are plenty of holiday makers which is great to see as many of the other resorts are looking a little down in the mouth or shut.
|Cocktails at the Bommie Bar - HIYC|
As the winds are forecast to blow again on the weekend accompanied by some rain we decide that it would be prudent to head over to Airlie for the weekend - via Long Island. This will also enable me to go and watch the big game of Carlton V Collingwood (not sure if that is a good or a bad thing yet!)
|Long Island - Scrub Turkey|
|Curlews @ Club Crocodile|
Friday and the forecast is pretty much holding up so we are going to head into Airlie Beach for a few days to do the usual marina stuff before heading out for a couple of weeks exploring the Whitsunday's
|Bird Feeding @ Club Crocodile|