It was quite exciting for us :
approaching the Northernmost Point of Continental Australia…
We had the right tide assisting us to go through the narrow channel called Albany Passage. The engines were just idle, but we were flying through with around 11 knots instead of our normal travel speed of 8 knots 🙂
It is a really narrow, but beautiful part, some beaches along both sides which looked just very inviting to us in the bright sunlight.
There are palm trees on the ridge and also lots of orange ants hills. The water was extremely calm and just too quickly we had been running through.
FInally : the first look at Cape York :
we anchored in the wide but extremely shallow bay with lots of sandbanks, far away from land.
Dinghy in the water and off we went.
It was here that we saw the first people, cars and even a Quad-travel-Group on the beach….to us that looked really strange after being so long on our own, without any others.
We needed to find our own way to the Northernmost Point of Continental Australia : same as at lots of other places : there are no signs to a path or way, you just feel like an explorer looking for a possibility to reach your goal. Thinking about all the explorers from earlier centuries you really feel a bit like them.
So along the shore we started to climb onto the Cape,
along huge termite mounds ( which are all protected here) and enjoyed the lovely views back to the Albany Passage, around the Cape and to the Torres Strait.
At the TOP !
Looking back on our way from Airlie Beach to here we felt a bit proud.
It was really special moment for us, so when we went ashore we had our prepared drinks with us, even if it was still morning… This is our view from the Cape to Eborac Island (to the right) and York Island (the mini bit on the left ).
One must make hay when the sun shines 🙂Common Sense !
As we saw Never Land rolling around we decided to not stay overnight here, but to go a stone throw further to :
The morning at Possession Island started nice and calm. We went ashore to look for another monument :
It was here, where Captain Cook took possession over
the whole East Coast of Australia in august 1770 and he named the island accordingly. To finish off a wonderful day we could enjoy another stunning sunset
(do you think that’s boring ? No, it isn’t and it will never be to us !
Our impressions are the further you go north, the more colorful a sunset becomes, even if our photographic skills and cameras are not good enough to mirror this.
How wrong we were : the weather forecast had given us 15 knots of wind, that might have been true….
but : we had to deal with big seas, breaking high waves, which came from all directions at the same time. We needed way longer than expected, tacking around to keep Never Land as stabil as we could.
After being a bit confused because of several lateral marks and kardinal marks, we finally arrived in the Ellis Channel and found ourselves an anchorage
…Just to spot a huge and well-fed croc having a sunbath on a sandbank 150m away from us.
During the next days we explored first Horn island, where we found a pub and 2 supermarkets and extremely friendly and helpful people. The border protection police must know every new face on the island, as once when going ashore 2 of them approached and they knew from which boat we were.
Another day came and we went exploring Thursday Island, or “TI” as everyone calls it.
First time we drove over with our dinghy, which wasn’t that easy : also in the channel were wonderful waves” and we arrived “freshly showered with saltwater”.
It was easy afterwards to decide to always use the ferry for the next visits to TI 😉
Friendly people everywhere !
We asked a bloke on the street where to find a supermarket. He didn’t speak a word, looked onto his watch, made a phone call… then turned around to us and showed us the way to a supermarket, which was already closed as it was saturday, early afternoon…. the shop owner would wait for us so we can buy whatsoever we needed !
We asked him if there’s a place where we could get a late lunch, a sandwich…his answer was ” just a moment…” He was also the owner of one of the hotels on the island. He called there in and got their kitchen to cook us a meal : what we got there was a huge salad bowl, a beef ragout and chicken breast …. Stunning !
People are like this here….
Nevertheless we would not want to live there…if you see the price range in a supermarket everything is about 3 times more expensive and in our 5 days there the wind never ever stopped !