This is a cut and paste from what I posted at Latts and Atts - but I wasn't sure where you'd see it first.
By the Way - Boracay - Laughted my arse off about "Proserpine Island" west of Airlie, being an unfortunate graduate of Proserpine High, but an Airlie Beach boy through and through. I dont know why but those Prossy guys never took to us wearing flourescent board shorts to the Rodeo and the Harvest Ball.
Welcome to Paradise
If you choose to go up Hinchinbrook Channel, stop and catch a few mud crabs in any pot or dilly, you can whip one up easily enough, they taste great, also the area is teaming with Barra, they will take any bright lure cast at the mangrove edge. If you go up the outside stop at Zoe Bay - walk to the magical waterfall.
The Palm Group - some great snorkelling, say hello the poorly funded marine
biologists at the research
station on Orpheus Island. A great day trip, reach out reach back, Orpheaus to Little Trunk Reef - a great mid continental shelf reef with easy clear approach from the north west, anchor
on white sand surrounded by amazing coral
, great drop off in the SE aspect of the reef, easy to get off and back to Orpheus if it blows up.
Dunk Isalnd is great but a little rolly.
Trip up the Daintree River is worthwhile - guarenteed to see crocks.
Cooktown - little frontier town, check out the little museum and read about Mrs Watson and her tragic vouyage in a sea slug boiler - last chnace to victual before Torres strait - you are now well into crock country - be carefull where you swim
Rocky Island - south of Lizard, small but good "lagoon" to the North West, sea bird colony, you can walk around it in 40 min, I lived on it for 120 days in my biology days - went so stir crazy I built an anti aircraft gun emplacement out of bamboo and coconuts; we made helmets out of carbord from cereal boxes and when the coast watch plane flew over we would run out and man the guns
and pretend to shoot them down. You will see more of the coast watch planes further north, be prepared to be interrogated on VHF
. If they dive bomb you smile for the camera
Lizard Is - a must, good holding in Mrs Watsons cove, despite the bullets. Say hello to the well funded marine
biologists at the research
Princess Charlotte Bay - amazing remote
wilderness, watch for crocks on the beach when launchin the dingy.
Torres Strait - good hoding off Horn Island, dingy to Thursday Island - The locals are big, proud, friendly; but quick to remind you they were never cannibals, they were just head hunters, taking trophy skulls from the the smaller Aboriginies on the mainland and Papuans accross the Strait. Last chance for a reasonable but pricey supermarket, some chandlery
through Savage Marine. Check out the gun emplacement on top of TI and the greavyard around the back with the Japanese Pearl diver Graves. Buy some crayfish, ore snorkle for your own if you fancy your crock wrestling skills.
Then head off accress the Gulf, no real need to go down into it unless mangrove fishing
or encounters with nomadic Aboriginies is your thing.
I know you guys are in a rush - but, this is some of the best parts
Goodonya for being in my home waters.
Have a good one.