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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 Australia by car and plane….


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 and yachties passing through. Sailing Cairns to Lizard Island…


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 around.  It was worse in…


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 boats available through GlobeSailor for sailing vacations, and most of them are based in Airlie…


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, with only 1,200 residents living on the island, but…


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 in the Great Barrier Reef,…