Tag Archives: Camping in Australia

Conquering Cape Bedford by 4 wheel drive

Conquering Cape Bedford

From sea, the Cape Bedford headland is an impressive part of the Cooktown to Lizard Island landscape. And often as we sail past on one of our northern adventures, we could see dirt tracks leading up to the top of the southern headland. At night, campfires on the beach. Naturally, it has been a quest…

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Is the barrier reef dying - boat on reef

Is the Barrier Reef Dying ?

Because we spend so much time fishing and snorkelling, we often get asked the question; Is the Barrier Reef dying? And while it is difficult to answer that question definitively, we have found some areas very badly damaged and dying. We have also found many areas with quite good coral cover, both hard and soft…

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Essential spares for a long boat trip.

Boat trip planning and preparation for Princess Charlotte Bay

To head on a long trip to a remote location such as Princess Charlotte Bay, requires a ton of boat trip planning and preparation. In fact we bought the boat in 2016 for this very trip. But for those of you who are new to our blog and community, a few things have happened. The…

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Sunset while camping at cape melville

Camping at Cape Melville

Camping at Cape Melville is one of our most treasured locations. Because it is so spectacular! The giant black rocks covering the hillsides, sloping down onto a stunning white beach is one of a kind. On this trip we headed back to the region as it has been some time (like a decade) since last…

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Garlic butter trout on the beach BBQ.

Garlic Butter Trout Catch and Cook

Garlic butter trout is the subject of episode 2 of this catch and cook. Well, it’s actually more about the cooking. Since we covered the catching in a previous blog called Getting Smashed in Cooktown. Recap of gear used… Electronics GARMIN 8412 and GT51 transducer. (find out why >>here) Spin Rod: Quantum Smoke Inshore 621BC Reel:…

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Nice coral trout caught jigging for reef fish

Slow-pitch Jigging for reef fish

We got smashed jigging for reef fish off Cooktown on our last trip. Now that we live in Cairns, Cooktown is only a few hours up the road and the reef is so close. On this trip we took my old mate Ruffy and his partner Chris. Both are super keen anglers.   On her…

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Crocodiles in Northern Australia

Crocodiles in Northern Australia

Crocodiles in Northern Australia are a hot topic at the moment after a yacht skipper Andrew Heard was taken from his dingy by a croc. The attack happened at Hinchinbrook Island and was sadly fatal. We know from experience how powerful these animals can be after getting in a perspex cage with a 5.1 metre…

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Hindsight is a wonderful thing

There’s a reason people say Hindsight is a Wonderful thing. And not just because you can learn from your mistakes and are unlikely to repeat them. Because let’s face it… Who doesn’t repeat their mistakes? How many times have you got fried sunburnt and swore never again – only to get fried sunburnt 6 months…

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Wallaman Falls

Wallaman Falls

Funny how some of the best tourist attractions are rarely visited by locals. Enter… Wallaman Falls! Ryan has lived in this region since BIRTH and had never visited Wallaman Falls. Is this surprising? Well, I suppose it is considering it’s the largest single drop Waterfall in Australia! I mean, wouldn’t you want to see it?…

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Lizard island is a fantastic base to explore nearby islands north of Cooktown.

Lizard Island

Back in the days before COVID-19 we decided to go to Lizard island for a couple of weeks. The Lizard Island area of the Great Barrier Reef is very dear to my heart. I spent a decade of my youth on the game boats catching marlin. It had been 20 years or more since I…

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