We arrived in Cairns on Friday--moored up in the
Marlin Marinan right in the middle of town--lots of shop-s and restuarants an
easy stroll away.
We enjoyed our two days anchored off Magnetic
Island--and did a lot of bushwalking across the island--forests and bays and
some lovely beaches. We left on 23rd --not much wind, so some resort to
engine on our passage to Orpheus Island, one of the Palm Islands, where we
picked up a mooring for the night--a calm, sunny day. On 24th we sailed past
Hinchinbrook Island, anchoring for the night at the north end of the island in
Missionary Bay--a good sail with the wind up again, though a bit
And on 25th we sailed to Dunk Island--good
anchorage, but the resort on shore had been destroyed a few months ago by
Cyclone Yasi and was under reconstruction--so we took a shoreline tour in
the dinghy, but didn't actually set foot ashore.
The 26th---a good sail to Mourilyn
Harbour--reasonable anchorage but shore a bit industrial.
27th--a good fast passage to Fitzroy
Island--another resort island, but this one was still operational--ashore for an
ice cream and a bit of walking through the forest. The anchorage is off a lovely
beach--a place we could have happily stayed longer!
But it was time to get back to civilisation--and
some provisioning--so after a leisurely morning off Fitzroy, we sailed the short
passage across to Cairns, where we will spend a few