Lessons from 7 Months & 2,300 NM Cruising Australia

We arrived in Coffs Harbour on December 4th, 2017 and left Thursday Island on July 21, 2018. That’s over 7 months cruising Australia, the longest Starry Horizons has been in any one country in one go. We traveled 2,300 nm on the east coast and spent 6 weeks traveling inside...

Horn Island & Thursday Island: Gateway to the Torres Strait Islands

David and I departed Lizard Island for a 54-hour sail up to Horn Island, where we were going to make our last stop in Australia before clearing out and heading to Indonesia.  Many friends made other stops along the way, but when they did stop, it was usually just to sleep or...

3 Days on Lizard Island with Goannas

Lizard Island is a national park off the coast of eastern Austalia – about 160 miles north of Cairns.  It’s small and remote, with only two options to overnight.  It’s visited by the rich and famous at the Lizard Island Resort, but also, by Queenslander boaters...

Introduction to the Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia Rally

After two nights sailing from Hook Island in the Whitsundays, we arrived in Cairns, where we attended the first meeting of the Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia Rally. Why Did We Join the Rally? We’ve never done a paid rally before (the Pacific Puddle Jump is free).  This will be...

Underwater in West Butterfly Bay, Whitsundays

We made two stops on Hook Island.  The first was Stonehaven Bay on the west side, and the second was West Butterfly Bay on the north side.  During our stay on Hook Island, the tradewinds were blowing pretty strong, 20 knots or so, and the nearby landscape funnels these winds...

One Day in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach (pronounced Air-lee) is the coastal town that serves as the jump-off point for the Whitsundays. It’s the budget town to Hamilton Island’s luxury, and it’s targeted more for backpackers. Marina & Anchorage The Whitsundays have dozens of charter...

A Day on Hamilton Island

The Whitsunday Islands are mostly empty, with a few resorts here and there, with the exception of it’s main hub: Hamilton Island. Hamilton Island is owned by the Oatley family (as in Bob Oatley) and is leased by the Australian government. It’s mostly a holiday spot,...

Whitsunday Island: 1st Stop Cruising the Whitsundays

As our time traveling up the coast of Australia is coming to a close, we’re limited in how much time we can spend along the way. But for 6 nights, we enjoyed two completely different bays on Whitsunday Island. About the Whitsundays The Whitsundays are a group of 74 islands...