Fai Tira photo
blog Lizard Island
Four BWR boats and an
independent boat from Falmouth left Cook Town for Lizard Island at first light
on the 17th September. The BWR boats were Enchantress, Chisel, Lucy
Alice and Fai Tira. It was a broad reach all the way and with 20 to 25
knot winds, the miles quickly diminished as we travelled at an average of seven
Lucy Alice and Enchantress in
The next morning the BWR boats
had arranged to go snorkelling on the reef. Eight of us took to the water
and were all astonished at the size of the numerous giant clams scattered
amongst the corals.
A different type of clam with
spectacular colours inside.
Coral Worms that disappear into
the coral when you get close to them.
large cuttle fish whose colours
blended into its coral background.
Later on in the day we set off
to what’s now known as Cooks Lookout. The path although well
defined was quite steep and as it was very hot it caused us to rest for drinks
David and Susan trekking up to
John and Dee on one of the
On the way down we were startled
by a Gould’s Lizard crossing out path.
Captain Cook used the island as
a vantage point to find a safe passage through the barrier reef for his
recently repaired ship Endeavour. Whilst climbing to the highest point he
encountered large lizards (hence the name). The Lizards are known as
Gould’s monitor lizards and are from the same family as Indonesia’s
He was about a metre long and
was not fazed by us at all.
John and Sue perched near the
top. Fantastic views from here.
The sign at the top next to the
The summit was marked by a large
carne and stored at the bottom in a wooden box obliviously left by Cook himself
was a visitor’s book with Pete leaving his entry.
The journey down was a lot
quicker than the ascent but still very hot.
Later we headed to the beach for
sundowners and a pot luck supper.
Dee and Natasha enjoying their
Alison, Natasha’s mum from
Kalida. She told us that the family had been travelling for about seven
years and had been staying at Lizard for the last six weeks hence the lack of
supplies. We had re-provisioned them from Port Douglas.
The next day we had a early
start heading for Bathurst Bay, Morris Island and then Flinders Group of