|In the school
holidays in July, the family went off on a week's holiday. One of dad's
friends, John O'Brien, happens to own a boat which he keeps at Hamilton
Island in North Queensland. John was kind enough to let us have
use of the boat for
the first week of the school holidays. The boat was called the
"Blue Sapphire", and it came with a skipper - Sean - who spent most of
the week with us and was great company. Whilst it was winter at
south, it was lovely in the Whitsundays. We went snorkeling
quite a few times and saw some delightful coral. Bill from next
door came with us.
|The Blue Sapphire anchored in a
bay in Hook Island.
|Skipper Sean looked after us
and was our tour guide.
|Here's the team ready for a
|We managed to attract
an inquisitive school of batfish to the back of
the boat. Initially there was only one, and we thought he had
gone, but he came back with a dozen or so of his mates! They
entertained us for an hour or so as we fed them.
Mum was in the water at the time and freaked when she saw the fins, fearing they might be sharks! In the end she managed to shoo them out of the way so she could get back on the boat.
|We spent three days meandering
around the Whitsunday Islands, circumnavigating Whitsunday Island and
Hook Island, exploring bays, the odd beach and coral reef.
Sunsets were special times. Here's a couple of shots with the sun setting over Australia...
|Whilst moored at
Hamilton Island we came across a few friendly lorikeets - so friendly
that they were brave enough to eat from our hand.
After a while the scenery just got too much for the boys, and they retired below deck for some cut-throat monopoly.
|One of the highlights
of the week was visiting Whitehaven Beach, a most picturesque beach
made up from incredibly white and soft sand.
Sean dropped us off at one end, and we walked the 5km along the beach to the other end where he picked us up.
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