Cheers, Phil. Its raining and cold on the Sunshine coast but I saw my first non-zoo Kangaroos to-day so that's alright....
We did the Torres Straits at night in a Force 8 on the nose...bloody 'orrible!! But - the passages are extremely well lit and really, not a problem. Choose the right hole in the Great Barrier Reef
to go through (don't make a new one - the Aussies get a bit annoyed!).
Don't forget to email
the Aussie Customs
and Border Protection people at least 96 hrs before arrival - the format is all on their web-site and you'll get a quick and very matey reply from them. Expect to be overflown by their border protection light aircraft who will know all about you but will call you up on 16 to confirm the details.
Have you got all your ducks in a row for American Samoa
? Its just like USVI or any US territory in that you can't go in there on a private boat or aeroplane without a visa for all crew (unless they are US Citizens). In the same way that most people prefer BVI to USVI, I've heard that Samoa
(ex Brit territory) is much nicer but, of course, not nearly so cheap!
I've got a cat to take from Florida
to Trini next week - Atlantic looks clear of storms at the moment so should be ok.
Have a good 'un, Tony