We're now spending our second day anchored off
Lizard Island: we arrived here on Thursday after a good fast sail up from
Cooktown was our last stop in civilisation on the
route to Darwin. Though we'll be stopping overnight in anchorages on the way up
to Cape York, there will be no phone/internet/shop......and indeed no
Cooktown was very different--I guess Australia as
it used to be--it was a boomtown in the 1870s--based on a gold rush--but by the
1880s the gold was coming to an end, people were leaving and it was left as a
rural small town--but with some lovely buildings built during the boom years.
And that's how it has remained. Some tourists--but only the dedicated ones
as it's far from anywhere and the roads are bad---and some yachties like
ourselves. We stayed a couple of days.
And now Lizard Island--good anchorage, nice beach
and bush trails---and coral in reasonable nick--far better coral and water
visibility than the Whitsundays.
But tomorrow we set off up the cape--long way yet
to go to Darwin--our ETA there is 2 July. Once over the top of Cape York, we'll
be sailing to Gove--350 miles--and then Darwin--a further near 500. In the
meantime, this is the only e-mail we can be contacted