There is a reason the Aussies have "tinnies" instead of
inflatable dinghies: salt water crocodile!
This caused a slight change of plans, but we provisioned, ran errands, had service done, etc. Mother Nature always rules! British friends on S/Y Brizo from WARC 2014 (and Atlantic Cup 2011) were able to leave the marina a few days ahead of us, but we would catch up to them in the Whitsundays.
|The Brizo crew|
|Approaching Hill Inlet at low tide was interesting.|
What a spectacular view!
It took your breath away!
|This beach changes size and shape with every changing tide!|
|A view of low tide from the air. Stunning!|
|I think a third of Australia is designated as National Parks.|
|Looking south from Tongue Point to take in the beach view.|
Back in Mackay, WARC activities fired up with Welcome Drinks and a trip to Cape Hillsborough at 0500 (5 AM) to see the wallabies fossicking in the tide for their breakfast. Apparently they come out of the bush early in the morning just before sunrise to play in the water, eat and actually drink the salt water. They are not afraid of people and will come a sit right in front of you. I imagine they see these human observers fairly often as it is one of the local tours. Even though it was an early start, the sunrise over the Cape made it worthwhile!
We had a new crew member joining us. Sheila is a German gal taking a break from work and is completing the last leg of her circumnavigation on S/V Trillium. She is a scuba instructor and very athletic so she will add some energy to this crew! She is the same age as our kids so it will be fun. And Dennis can get help with his German grammar.