In this episode, we cruise the Queensland Coast from Lizard Island to Cairns.
After 3 months or so on the boat during our Northern Safari, it was time to head home.
On the way, we stopped at seven different anchorages.
LIZARD ISLAND TO CAIRNS – SEVEN STOPS WHILE CRUISING THE QUEENSLAND COAST
1. Cape Flattery
The expansive super white sands of Cape Flattery are a stunning backdrop while anchored. The silica mine located here is one of the largest producers of silica: a high-purity form of quartz, valuable for various industrial applications, including glassmaking, electronics, and construction. Fishing around the headlands for Fingermark is productive, while sports anglers can enjoy tangling with golden trevally and GT’s. The headland provides good protection from most wind directions except north easterly and the sand has good holding capacity. Connie’s beach on the northern side provides a great evening walk as the sun sets.
2. North and South Cape Bedford
Cape Bedford can also be reached by car and no trip cruising the Queensland coast from Lizard Island to Cairns would be complete without a stop here. It provides fantastic anchorages from north westerlys and north Cape Bedford provides good protection from the south easterly although it’s a little bit shallower. The northern Cape provides chances for barra and other estuary species while the wide of Cape Bedford has wonky holes and good fingermark opportunities.
Steeped in history and natural beauty, Cooktown is a must-visit destination on any boating adventure. The town, named after Captain James Cook, offers a mix of culture, exploration, and fishing opportunities. The waters around Cooktown are rich in fish species, providing anglers with a chance to catch barramundi, Spanish mackerel, and red emperor. While here, explore the historic landmarks, pristine beaches, and vibrant local markets. This is where we refuel and restock!
4. Cedar Bay
This gem of a bay is one of our favourites locations when travelling between Lizard Island and Cairns. Once a hippy colony that was raided during the Joe Bjekle-Petersen era, it is a stunning spot protected from the south easterly trades. If it swings to the east a little, it will become unpleasant. Marked Rattlesnake Point on most charts.
5. Cape Tribulation
Like Cedar Bay this is not the best of anchorages but a joyous spot during pleasant weather. Go ashore in your tender to the information centre and boardwalk. Located in world heritage rainforest, Cape Trib (as it is known) is a must see stop on your journey from Lizard Island to Cairns – cruising the Queensland coast.
6. Snapper Island
Named for its resemblance to a crocodile from a distance, Snapper Island has a campground and is located just outside the Daintree River entrance. ChatGPT said, “The turquoise waters and sandy beaches also make it an ideal spot for snorkeling and relaxing.” Given it’s proximity to the Daintree River crocodile population, I WOULD NOT be swimming here.
7. Low Isles
What a great spot! Sheltered lagoon with great anchorage. Fish feeding at the back of the boat for the kids. Day trips if you don’t have your own boat. Birds nesting at certain times of the year, lighthouse and a fantastic historical museum. Must see.
Wanna see some of these locations??
Check out the video as we cruise the Qld coast from Lizard Island to Cairns.
IF YOU’RE EVER PLANNING TO CRUISE THE QLD COAST FISHING FROM LIZARD ISLAND TO CAIRNS (OR VICE VERSA)…
Check out our cheat sheet of lures and gear below.
I hope you enjoyed Episode 25 of our Northern Safari series – Cruising the Queensland Coast from Lizard Island to Cairns.
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