Paradise – The Wessel Islands, East Arnhem Land NT, Sept 2019

IMG_5570-Medium Entering the Wessel Islands via the Hole in the Wall
We have arrived at our destination, The Wessel Islands. This video blog contains snippets of our fortnight at the Wessel Islands, a chain of small islands extending 120 km northeast from the Napier Peninsula in northeastern Northern Territory, Australia, into the Arafura Sea. Named for a Dutch ship that explored the area in 1636, the islands form the western gate to the Gulf of Carpentaria at Cape Wessel, their northern extremity. The island grou...
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Paradise – John’s Birthday celebration at the Wessel Islands, East Arnhem Land NT, Sept 2019

IMG_5841-Medium A recycled hard hat found on the beach
The Wessel Vessels' congregated on Paradise to celebrate John's Birthday and what a lovely day it was. The morning started off with a satellite call from our children, they miss their parents. Birgit surprised John and played a musical tune on her Swedish flute over the radio. Birgit repeated her performance in person, and it was such a treat. Kiwi Kim went all out and prepared a poem and accompanying hard hat for John, you will have to watch the...
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Paradise - Pilot Whales & Mainland East Arnhem Land NT, Sept 2019

IMG_4426-Medium Lunch at Gove
Port Bradshaw on the mainland of East Arnhem Land is a geographic beauty, check out the rock formations in the video. A permit is required to go ashore, so we weren't able to go exploring, but that was okay cause there was plenty to see from the water.  We encountered some pilot whales while fishing from the tender. They seemed rather cute initially and then became somewhat grumpy when we were following them. On the third time around, we got...
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Paradise - Pilot Whales & Mainland East Arnhem Land NT, Sept 2019

IMG_5449-Medium Many hands make light work
Here's a great example of teamwork & flaking a damaged sail. After the G-Zero failed we had to get it back to shore to bag up. Our Wessel Vessel friends are always willing to lend a helping hand, and what a great bunch they are. The folding and rolling was impeccable and evidence of great teamwork, especially since it was the first one flaked for all of us. I'm going to miss these guys and gals when it's time to go home.
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Paradise – Groote Eylandt NT, 3-12 September 2019

IMG_4987 Beautiful clear water in Groote
Groote Eylandt is the largest island in the Gulf of Carpentaria and the fourth largest island in Australia. It is the homeland of and is owned by, the Warnindhilyagwa who speak the Anindilyakwa language. A permit is required to go ashore as the island is generally not open to the public. We were able to visit the Aboriginal rock art sites and do some fishing. Although there are crocs in the Northern Territory, we found some beaches where the wate...
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Paradise – Crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria 2.5 days, September 2019

IMG_4714 Crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria
Crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria from QLD to the NT in 2.5 days. The Wessel Vessels gathered at Boyd Point for sundowners to have a chat about the crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria and to grab a group photo. 8 vessels are crossing together, Ian off Humpy a last-minute addition. This is our first crossing and first continuous night sail and another milestone for Paradise. We all set sail in light wind conditions at 0400hrs for what is expected to b...
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Paradise - quick trip home and Weipa area QLD August 2019

IMG_4696 Getting ready for crossing the Gulf
​ Continuing on our Lap of Australia on Paradise – I had a few days back home to see my family, puppies and to celebrate my mum's birthday. It's great to travel, but there's no place like home. The Nautilus shells made it safely home, thank goodness. Back in Weipa, the replacement G-zero arrived, and it was successfully rigged onto Paradise. John also replaced the continuous furling line for the boom, which is a Dyneema core. This was always goin...
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Paradise – Heading down the Gulf of Carpentaria to Weipa 20-24 August 2019

IMG_4415-Medium The fish are abundant in the Gulf
The Gulf of Carpentaria is the breeding ground for cyclones in the first 3 months of the year, luckily we will be well clear of the Gulf by then. If you love fishing, then this is the place to be. Kim dropped a line in the water and immediately hooked a Spanish Mackerel measuring 1.15m. It's the biggest fish that she's filleted, which kept her busy for the morning. Pete whipped some beer batter and crispy hot chips for dinner, who needs a restaur...
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Paradise – Straight to the tip of AUS, 13-15 August 2019

IMG_4257-Medium At the tip of Australia
Continuing on our Lap of Australia on Paradise – We pushed to the tip of mainland Australia in one long day. Leaving Cape Grenville at 0400hrs and arriving at Shallow Bay just before the top of Cape York before sunset at 1800hrs. It was only the two of us on Paradise, and it was the first time that John had a little sleep during the day, and I was at the helm, it's nice to see him relaxed. We officially became part of a group of seven Cats sailin...
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Paradise - Margaret Bay, Cape Grenville FNQ, 3-12 August 2019

IMG_4046-Medium The oyster are big!
Slowing down the pace of our trip meant that we had time to explore Cape Grenville and relax with our sailing pals. The ocean side of Cape Grenville is very windy, and all the plastic and debris off boats seem to land on Indiana Bay. There are piles of rubbish there and some stuff that is useful that can be salvaged. It takes about 30 minutes to walk from Margaret Bay to Indiana Bay, and the trail is marked by items that are found along the beach...
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Paradise – Portland Roads, Cape Weymouth FNQ, 26-31 August 2019

IMG_3805-Medium A sail should not look like this!!
It was a lovely day sailing up to Portland Roads (Cape Weymouth/Iron Range), I baked a cake for Nathalie's birthday and we sang happy birthday while we were underway. But when furling up the G-Zero, it wrapped and rather than dropping the sail we tried to unfurl it and before you knew it there was a gust of wind and things went pear-shaped and the sail shredded, and part of it landed in the water. It was a massive effort to get it back on board a...
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Paradise – Flinders, Stanley and Morris Islands FNQ, 21-25 Jul 2019

IMG_3550 Rock Art
The Flinders Group National Park (CYPAL) is located adjacent to Princess Charlotte Bay and 340km north of Cairns on eastern Cape York. We landed on two of the seven islands in the group. Paradise was the first to arrive there, and it looked pretty lonely and remote but then to our surprise Samantha, Moon Mist and Casuarina arrived later in the day. They showed us the way to Stanley Island, which is accessed via tender through a small gap in the m...
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Paradise - Lizard Island FNQ Part 2, 18-20 Jul 2019

IMG_3400-Medium Loving Lizard Island
I've broken up Lizard Island into 2 blogs, see part 1 for the Research Station. The walk up to the top of the Cook's Lookout got the heart pumping and the views along the way were amazing. The crystal clear water made snorkelling the reef full of excitement with the giant clams and the bright colours of the tropical fish. Unfortunately, our time ended short as the national parks were doing the annual burn off. We will definitely be back again! Th...
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Paradise - Lizard Island FNQ Part 1, 17 Jul 2019

IMG_3333-Medium Lizard Island Research Centre Lab Tour
Arriving at Lizard Island, we were blown away by the colour of the water; it is a brilliant turquoise colour. There's no wonder there were so many other boats when we anchored. We arrived just in time to head off across the island to the Research Station and Laboratory. Marlene and Paul of Thirsty Dog arranged a private tour; luckily we were able to tag along. One of the Directors Lyle Vail gave us a detailed explanation of the history of the res...
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Paradise - The creatures are getting bigger, Cooktown FNQ 13-16 Jul 2019

grouper-closeup-Medium The creatures are getting bigger!
It was perfect sailing as we headed into Cooktown. Cooktown is the final stop for Tess, Greta, and Lauren. It's been an absolute ball having them on board for 10 days and to be able to share our adventure with them. If any of our friends, family or co-workers would like to come onboard just let us know, you just need to work out how to reach us – good luck!! We saw our first croc on this voyage, which was a big tick for Lauren and Greta. We also ...
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Paradise - Fun & Frivolity at Hope Islands QLD 11-12 July 2019

IMG_2852 Living the life
Continuing on our Lap of Australia on Paradise – Hope Island is a little gem. Such a lovely place to relax and enjoy the water and sunset. There are loads of pelicans on the island, and I can see why all those little fish in the sea. The weather on our second day wasn't so great, so we ended up cooking, eating, and drinking. It was pie day for lunch, and sangria, Mexican and Abba party for dinner. Watch the part of the video where the conch turne...
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Paradise - Low Isles QLD 9 July 2019

IMG_2758 Amazing Batfish at Low Isles
The activity in the water at Low Isles was terrific. If the batfish could walk out of the water, I'm sure that they would have. The reef sharks didn't stop us from getting in and seeing what was under the water. This was our best location so far for snorkeling. Low Isles is very close to Port Douglas so definitely worth a trip if you go to Port Douglas, even if the weather is wet and cold. I couldn't get enough of those fish, and they couldn't ge...
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Paradise - Port Douglas & Mossman Gorge 7-8 July 2019

IMG_2730roated Dinner under the palm trees
Arriving at Port Douglas, we stayed at the Super Yacht Marina where all the boats were massive. Even though Paradise is a lovely size and very comfortable for us, Paradise seemed small in comparison. This video shows some of the highlights: 4 Mile Beach where the water was murky and the sand was wet, and there were a thousand people at the beach. It was obviously the place to be at Port Douglas. Apparently, the locals don't swim there due to the ...
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Paradise - "Captain Jack Sparrow" Adventure to Double Island, Palm Cove QLD, 5-6 July 2019

IMG_2518 Double Island Adventure
This colourful Polish guy, who calls himself "Captain Jack Sparrow", came over to Paradise and took us (well the other 5 brave ones) to his island/ abandoned resort he lives at. There was no way we were all going together; we may have never got back. John and I followed in our tender just in case….. This video blog shows our hilarious afternoon adventure and yet another unused resort in Queensland. It was a fun initiation for the Petzold's who ar...
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Food onboard Paradise

IMG_2280 Stuffed capsicum - Yum!
Continuing on our Lap of Australia on Paradise – Some people are curious about what we eat on the boat, so here is a short video of some of the meals we have prepared. We have been lucky to have access to fresh fruit and vegetable every couple of weeks, but it's going to get harder as we go further north. We haven't had to use powdered eggs yet but we have been looking out for where to buy them. Any tips would be appreciated. Check out our travel...
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The Wessel Vessels' congregated on Paradise to celebrate John's Birthday and what a lovely day it was. The morning started off with a satellite call from our children, they miss their parents. Birgit surprised John and played a musical tune on her Sw...
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Port Bradshaw on the mainland of East Arnhem Land is a geographic beauty, check out the rock formations in the video. A permit is required to go ashore, so we weren't able to go exploring, but that was okay cause there was plenty to see from the wate...
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Here's a great example of teamwork & flaking a damaged sail.After the G-Zero failed we had to get it back to shore to bag up. Our Wessel Vessel friends are always willing to lend a helping hand, and what a great bunch they are. The folding and ro...
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