Flinders Islands

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On our first morning we circumnavigated Stanley’s Island with our dinghy.
We felt being on a lake, especially when we left the channel and were outside, on the open ocean…


 

The Owen Channel

From Lizard Island to the Flinder’s we finally had a great cruising day : sunny sky, no clouds and an extremely calm sea. To be honest, we think we really deserved it !

It was a day with an early start at first daylight and we anchored just before sunset. It doesn’t take long to prepare the drinks and just relax on our sunroof 🙂

 



For the first 48h we had both Islands and the Channel just for us : more than enjoyable, then all the other boats from Lizard arrived here, but they stayed only for one day and went onto Stanley Island’s other side.

The predicted strong winds arrived in the channel but our anchorage was still quite and lovely, even the turtles didn’t stop playing around us. The beach closest to Never Land was a kindergarden for sea stars and guitar sharks : hundreds of them everywhere…

We went exploring a tiny beach on the other side of the channel. The dinghy – being pulled onto the sand –  was caught by the waves which within 20 minutes filled it completely with water….we finally understood that the “floating items around” were our fishing gear…. we could save all items, but emptying the dinghy was like “one bucket of water out, the waves gets double the amount back in”. As our Tuff-Tender is quite unsinkable we took its plug out and drove it empty, coming back to Never Land completely wet and cold.


On our last day we were able to  find the track which leads to aboriginal cave paintings. The access to it is a bit hidden and the footpath is hardly to see.


Cave Paintings

Getting to Stanley Island – or Yindayin, as it’s called by the local Aboriginals – isn’t easy. That might be the reason for the site not being visited much.
After landing our dinghy, we headed up a path, not a trail, completely overgrown, past metre-high termite mounds. When we finally reached a beach on the other side of the island, we searched for the trail leading to the rock art and finally found it at the very other end of the beach...From there on we really had a trail to follow, which lead us to an overhanging rock ledge...

Castle Peak on Stanley Island

The rock shelter on the Castle Peak show various paintings: of a steam ship, and a detailed image of a lugger, towing a dinghy, drawings of lots of sea animals, birds and pictures about the daily routine in life.

See the following Gallery !
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