|The Rebuilding of Dunk Is.|
We ended up spending another day at Dunk as it is a very nice anchorage. On Thursday (1st September) we decided to up anchor and move on to Mourilyan Harbour. The trip to Mourilyan was pretty quick as we had a stiff breeze behind us and were doing 6.5knts with only a heady flying. Along the way we were lucky enough to see quite a few whales again including a juvenile whale that must have been suffering with ADHD as it was breaching all the way past us and only around 100mts from the boat. There is not a lot at Mourilyan Harbour apart from the sugar wharf, some fore-aft piles and some fishing boats but it is a good spot to stop for a night.
The original plan was to go to Fitzroy Island for a few nights. Fitzroy is one of the few holiday island resorts that is still doing well so we were hoping to go and enjoy a few days hanging out drinking cocktails around the pool and stuff but Hughie decided not to co-operate and the forecast was to blow for about 5days. Plan B which involved a night in at Cape Grafton was put into action but also proved not to be such a good idea as when we went and had a look we were not able to get in close enough to get out of the swell. So after a few quick calls we managed to get a berth in at Marlin Marina a night early which was excellent news and made us both very happy. The trip up the channel into Marlin Marina at 4.30pm on a Friday was exciting in itself. During our travel up the channel we had to deal with 2 ships, 1 dredge, about 12 charter vessels as well as a 30knot cross wind trying to blow us out of the deep water. We both needed a stiff drink once we had tied up and had a well deserved shower.
The Marlin Marina has excellent facilities. Think we have rated the shower roses as the best up he coast plus it is located bang in the middle of town which means everything (including the pool and plenty of bars) are very accessible.
After a wander around the township we decided to go to the butterfly house which is just amazing and very much worth a visit if you are up this way. We were lucky enough to join up the escorted tour which was very informative about the secret lives of butterflies. After a great time in Kuranda it is over to the SkyRail Station for the trip back down through the rain forest canopy - what a neat way to travel through the rain forest.
|Bird Wing Butterfly|