July 3, Sunday: Cairns to Low Isles. 32nm over 8hrs. Anchored at: 16.22.79S & 145.33.66E. Magnificent place with a very cool lighthouse on it. The Isle is a very popular day stop with the tourist boats from Cairns to snorkel etc.
July 4, Monday: Low Isles to Cape Bedford. 76nm over 15hrs. Anchored
at: 15.13.75S & 145.18.69E. Nothing special here, but a huge body of water.
|Low Isles lighthouse|
|Friends leaving at sunrise from Cape Bedford|
|Amazing rock formations at Cape Melville|
|Black tip reef shark|
July 8, Friday: Morris Island to Cape Grenville (Shelburne Bay). 116 nm over 18hrs. Anchored at: 11.54.29S & 143.04.73E. Huge bay with the whitest of sand we have ever seen. Again we can’t go ashore – crocodile country. But the sand is pristine white – Bruce said they sand mind here for the sand as its silica sand. On the trip up today we had 2 pods of dolphins on our bow swimming in our wake. They are magic to watch, I love every second of watching them.
July 9: Saturday: Lay day. Need a break from sailing to catch our breath. Got a few things to attend to and need an afternoon nap. Going to cook Chicken A’la King for tomorrows night’s dinner as it’s a big day tomorrow and tonight we are doing a lamb roast with loads of vegies.
July 10: Shelburne Bay to Escape River (Sharp Point). 69 nm over 11.5 hours. Anchored at: 10.58.75S & 142.39.82E. Interesting history here, and full of pearl farmers. It took us 1 hour to motor in to the anchorage – very calm inside. Stay in the middle of the channel.
July 11: Escape River to Cape York (THE TIP OF AUSTRALIA). 27.4nm over
5.15 hours. Anchored at: 10.41.25S & 142.31.45E. We anchored just west of
the Cape York Island and walked up to the sign which says: ‘You are standing on
the most Northern tip of Australia’ for a photo. We took 4 attempts at getting
in past the sand bar which we kept hitting. You must go very hard to the island
and turn hard to starboard as you approach the sand spit. Look out for the
resident crocodile on the rock there.
|Friends at anchor in the Escape River|
|Cant get any further (the land behind the sign are two islands)|
|Matilda entering the Albany Passage|