Blogs from Brampton Island, Queensland, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brampton Island May 16th 2014

Friday 2nd May - Three other boats left the anchorage this morning and headed north, whilst we upped anchor and headed deeper down into the South Arm of Port Clinton to find a safe haven from the variable strong winds coming. The chart plotter came into it own guiding us along the deeper channels of these unmarked wide indistinct mangrove expanses. We came across two other boats at anchor, one of them we knew from Yeppoon Marina as Naomi had helped make his bimini canopy. We chose to anchor a little further around the bend within sight of the army ramp to afford us better northerly protection, scouted the depths around and dropped anchor in 6m of water just before high tide. Thankfully there are less sandflies here and the breeze is starting to pick up ... read more
Naomi inspects the TV ariel
Pearl Bay
2 grounded yachts in Pearl Bay

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brampton Island December 4th 2013

Well my laptop is still just showing nothing but squiggly colourful patterns so I have used the iPad for this entry, it's better than the phone but the on screen keyboard takes some getting used to. Last time I wrote I think we were just leaving Dunk Island. With the northerlies still blowing we made the most of it and in a relatively short time we are now back in the Whitsundays. I am now sitting in the cockpit at Sawmill Bay, Cid Harbour on a dreary afternoon with about 20 other boats, like me probably wondering where the strong winds are that we're predicted. It's been raining on and off and I just got a dribble of water blown off the bimini onto my my left knee in a small wind gust, splashing onto this ... read more
Hey amigo !
Home entertainment
Sawmill to Dugong beach walk

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brampton Island August 6th 2013

The last three days here in the southern Whitsundays have been glorious. Clear sunny days and starlit nights, with light winds and calm clear water. Saturday there was just a light southeast breeze blowing, so with the engine in idle as a backup, we sailed off the anchor and turned north away from Brampton Island. Under gib alone and with only about 5 knots of wind we coasted along quietly and the mere ten mile journey took 4 hours. But the water was flat, the bright sun keeping us warm, and with Alex sleeping we had lunch in the cockpit. Then out of the blue the tail of a humpback broke the water's surface a couple of hundred metres off the starboard side. A short while later we saw the two humpbacks arching their backs a ... read more
Roylen Bay, Goldsmith Island
Humpback whale!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brampton Island August 2nd 2013

The new toilet seal arrived finally on tuesday which coincided with a calming of the wind and the first clear day in a while. So we headed north out of harbour walls and had a nice 4 hour sail, rounded the west tip of Brampton Island and anchored next to the public jetty. The next morning was clear with little wind, the first day its been warm enough to have breakfast in the cockpit and our first morning in the Whitsundays. Paddled to shore, breaking the left rowlock along the way! Carefully got out on the rocky beach beside the jetty and carried the dinghy to the high tide mark. Then over the old train tracks and followed the path to the resort which closed a couple of years ago. Along this path there were butterflies ... read more
view over West Bay
Just before setting off around the island
Rest stop

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