Townsville, Hinchinbrook and Cairns

Post date: Jun 6, 2011 7:03:13 AM

Week 4 took us to Townsville where we spent a few days sightseeing and filling up our new water tanks - 1000 litres we estimate and 2.5 cm lower in the water. We spent 3 days at the Townsville Yacht Club where the people and facilities were very good. We had a very long walk to Belgian Gardens for a computer part and a scenic tour of Townsville by bus after a visit to a shopping centre. We also visited Reef HQ which has the largest coral display tank in the world. It's the closest we have been to the coral so far.

Next stop Cairns. An overnight trip which began with the beautiful Hinchinbrook Channel after rounding the incredibly long sugar loading jetty at Lucinda. There is evidence of Cyclone Yasi everywhere where the trees were stripped bare of leaves but Mother Nature is making a very strong comeback in this fertile and moist area. It is uncommon for the days to be crystal clear and sunny but it was perfect for us. We chose to continue on over night and arrived at Cairns just as the sun was rising. It was very cold though. 3 layers of clothes, offshore yachting jacket and socks were not enough to keep us warm. Hot porridge for breakfast helped. We were offered a mooring and after changing into some cooler clothes we headed for town and Whitworths (It was Saturday afterall). Sunday saw us being tourists and re-provisioning for the next stage of our journey where there will be fewer shops.

We liked both of these tropical towns with very different personalities.