Its a very easy and nice trip.
I think we went from Nara Inlet to Dunk Island to Fitzroy Island, stayed a few days in each and then went into Cairns.
280 miles inside the reef in beautiful flat water
with a nice wind
up the starboard butt.
Atol is right about the guide, but Alan Lucas does like the mangrove swamps more than he loves the reef so read it thus.
High Island is another spot you can drop off. Hinchinbrook Passage
is meant to be great (watch the mozzies!).
You can sail at night in that area without any difficulties provided you can navigate.
Avoid Palm Island, of course.
: DO NOT NOT NOT try to buy stuff on Hamilton Island. 1 bit of steak costs double the value of your boat!
Go into Arlie beach and anchor
near the marina, dinghy
into the Marina and turn right out of marina walk 1.5kms to the supermarket and then return by taxi
If you are flying in from Cairns consiuder taking an esky full of meat etc. to tide you over till you get to Arlie Beach.
Have fun. You will enjoy it